Last November, I visited the 20th World Orchid Show held at Marina Bay Sands and was treated to a preview of the Gardens By the Bay’s Flower Dome. On June 29th 2012, the Gardens By the Bay is officially opened. It took about 5 years and S$1 billion to build. This sits on the site of the former Marina City Park (See the transformation in my prior blog post – Marina City Park – A Glimpse of Singapore’s Past ) and Marina South. Marina South was a great place to enjoy al fresco dining with numerous stores offering BBQ Steamboat Buffets and certainly a wonderful place to enjoy family time flying kites.

There is two ways of getting to the Gardens By the Bay from Marina Bay Sands, one would be the skybridge from the hotel and the other is through the underpass from the Bayfront MRT station of the Circle Line.

The passage way from the Bayfront MRT Station

The Skybridge from Marina Bay Sands

View of the Singapore Flyer from the Gardens By the Bay

The Supertrees across the Dragonfly Lake
(Click on the thumbnail above for a full view of the panoramic view)

The Flower Dome behind the Supertrees. I visited the flower dome last year.

One of the main attraction of the Marina By the Bay is the OCBC Skyway at the Supertree Grove. This takes you up 25 metres on a 128 metres walkway suspended in midair.

There are 4 Heritage Gardens in the park and the most impressive for me was the Chinese Garden.

(Click on the thumbnail above for a full view of the panoramic view)

There are many interesting stone sculptures and monolith at the Chinese Garden with the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel as its backdrop

A Stone Buddha at the Chinese Gardens in front of the Supertree Grove

The Stone Elephant welcomes you to the Indian Garden

The Stone horses lining the Indian Garden

There is a long queue at the Ticketing Counter for the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. This time around I did not visit the two domes but will probably do so in the future.

A close up of the supertrees

I’ve taken these two pictures and thought that I do the same this year

I did a quick walk through of the Supertrees Grove as the sky seems quite threatening.

From the view below, the people at the Skyway looks like ants.

In about 2 hours that I was there at the Gardens by the Bay, the sky turn dark. As walking around the park in the rain does not quite make sense, I made my way back to Marina Bay Sands

I took a scenic walk from the Dragonfly Lake to the Chinese Garden through this signature staircase

I made it to the dragonfly bridge and unto the skybridge to Marina Bay Sands without getting wet

Safely entered the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

It is definitely getting a lot darker

Made it through the bridge linking the main Marina Bay Sands to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

This will not be my last visit to the Gardens By the Bay. There is still a lot to see which I had to leave behind because of the storm and as part of the park is still under-construction. They should be ready before the end of the year.

Entrance to the Gardens By the Bay is generally free but the entry to the OCBC Skywalk and the two Domes, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest is not. For more information, check out the Gardens By the Bay website.

 As I would not be in Singapore during our nation’s National Day, I decided to take pictures of the floating platform while I was there. That was went my camera’s battery was going flat.

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