Facts about Chinese Garden Singapore
- Chinese Garden Singapore was first built in 1975 (in Jurong East, Singapore).
- Designed designed by Taiwanese architect: Prof. Yuen-chen Yu.
- Inspired by Chinese gardening art.
If you are asking yourself where to go for your next trip, and want to choose something other than a beach or some place close to home, the Chinese Garden can give you a more sophisticated and pleasurable experience!
Escape to a visually stimulating island within Jurong Lake.
Jurong Lake, surrounded by a landscaped sanctuary, gives the Chinese Garden Singapore a natural and architectural panorama that is only surpassed in beauty by the Pai Hung Ch’iao (the White Rainbow Bridge). This bridge, connecting the Chinese Garden to the Japanese Garden with thirteen well-built arches, receives Chinese Garden visitors with a welcoming main arch building that houses the Early Spring Courtyard, the Garden Courtyard, and the Fishes Paradise. The majority of visitors to this Singapore tourist attraction take a moment to photograph themselves before entering, due to the sheer marvel of this building in the background.
Bring enough film for your camera, because there are plenty of shots that will make a wonderful contribution to your personal photo album!
The Chinese Garden Singapore is very accessible.
The main Chinese Garden Singapore is open to you from 6:00 am – 11:00 pm every day. Marble stone lions, which represent authority and happiness, mark the east entrance that is accessible to pedestrians over a red bridge. Red is an auspicious color to the Chinese people and can be interpreted as a message that all visitors are welcome. This would be no surprise since Singapore is a place that is well known for it’s multicultural population (and since the Chinese Garden shares the lake with the Japanese Garden!).
Become inspired by the open spaces of an Imperial style garden!
Discover your inner peace while focusing upon your own footsteps along the well-trodden paths of the Chinese Garden. Imagine why people, who visited before you, were attracted to the Yao-Yueh Fang (Stone Boat) and the miniature Ming Hsiang Hsieh (Teahouse). Ask yourself what they felt upon walking up a small hill that leads to the Ru Yun Ta, a seven–storey pagoda with an interior spiral staircase, or upon witnessing the hundreds of trees within the elegant Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden. Perhaps you will feel something poetic, when asking these same questions and remembering that pagodas were first used by Buddhists for protecting the remains of human bones, and only much later were developed like this one to feature a particular artistic and architectural style.
It is important to note that admission to the Bonsai Garden is free and depending on the length of your stay, you can even take a course on the unique artistry of caring for Bonsais!
Let curiosity get the best of you!
Get to the essence of the Chinese Garden’s artistic value by visiting the Chinese Pavilion, Plateau and Tower. You will notice the importance that a structure’s height and size plays in blending with the landscape’s natural looks. Visitors can draw a similarity between the harmony experienced throughout their walk, and the inherent respect that must exist within the Chinese Garden’s very unique exhibit: The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum. If accompanied by children, they will surely find tortoises with two heads amazing!
Take advantage of the opportunity to broaden your knowledge on the amount of species of turtles and tortoises that exist in the world, and then step over to the Garden of Abundance, which contains century old pomegranate trees next to the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Great for their educational value, the Museum and the Garden of Abundance are open to visits in the Chinese Garden Singapore every day from 9:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening.
Satisfy your appetite at the You Yuan Buffet & Seafood Restaurant.
Open to the possibility of eating upon the boardwalk, over peaceful waters and beneath gleaming stars, this restaurant serves delicious cuisine on the Stone Boat. The food is prepared in the style of northern and southern China, along with Peking, Szechuan and Cantonese cooking. It’s dancing arena and karaoke are set-up in a classy Chinese theme that is sure to attract diners during lunch or dinner. This restaurant will definitely remind you that you cannot leave the Chinese Garden without having had a taste of what Chinese tradition and folk culture in Singapore has to offer!