Situated in Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay next to the Marina Reservoir, the Gardens by the Bay development consists of three separate waterfront gardens (Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, respectively). The size and scope of the project is frankly astonishing. Altogether, Gardens spans more than 200 acres and represents the government’s effort to reimagine the city and create an iconic green space.
Designed as a series of leaf-shaped gardens with differing landscape schemes, Gardens Bay East area was officially opened to the public in 2011. Once completed, it will contain five marine inlets carefully aligned to allow for sweeping views of the city and the influx of wind and water.
Bay South is the biggest portion of the development. This area includes various conservatories and “Supertree” structures (vertical gardens employed to provide shade, planting space and air filtration), flower markets, and themed gardens cover more than a hundred acres.
Bay Central will mainly serve as a connecting corridor between the aforementioned sections, providing waterfront promenades and scenic walks extending into the city center.
Because of its enormous size, and because it’s still under construction, it’s worth taking advantage of a guided tour of the Gardens complex before venturing off on your own. Just this summer, several new gardens will be opening with some pretty impressive pomp and circumstance to mark the occasion.
The gardens are open 5 am-2 am daily, with the conservators and OCBC Skyway opening at 9 am and closing at 9 pm. The latter two options charge a nominal admission fee.