The Chinese and Japanese Gardens

+6562613632
1 Chinese Garden Road (subway station Chinese Garden)
www.nparks.gov.sg/

Amazed and enchanted, tourists call the Chinese and Japanese Gardens - that stretch across two islands in the middle of the artificial lake Jurong - one of the most beautiful corners in Singapore, while locals consider them to be an ideal place for their more leisurely strolls.

The Chinese Garden occupies an area of 13 hectares and is the largest object of this kind outside of China. In 1975, a famous Taiwanese architect designed the gardens using a concept known commonly as Northern style, which is traditional for most of the imperial Gardens in China. In particular, the architectural shapes of the Singapore Chinese Garden’s elegant buildings and some elements of its landscape design are reminiscent of the famous Summer Imperial Palace’s majestic gardens in Beijing. Special attention is paid to the harmonic combination of the architectural works and their surrounding nature. The project’s designer intended to make the Chinese Garden not only a recreation place for Singapore’s locals and guests, but also a symbol for the rapidly developing state.

The most notable building in Chinese Garden is the magnificent seven-tier pagoda, which stands on a small hill at the park’s entrance. It is styled according to the famous Buddhist temple Lingu in Chinese Nanking. Meanwhile, another local attraction is the Bonsai Garden, which features more than two thousand incredibly beautiful dwarf trees, brought in from China and other countries. Several picturesque artificial ponds, with delicate bridges thrown across them, creating a maze of elegant alleys framed in thick verdure. Miniature pagoda-shaped pergolas stand out, while thematic sculptures are installed in the Chinese Garden’s grounds. There is also a small teahouse and a stone boat, an accurate copy of the vessel that stands next to the Summer Palace in Beijing.

The Chinese Garden’s ponds are full of fish and turtles. There is even a separate Turtle Museum, where live turtles of various species, as well as artificial figurines of these reptiles, made in different styles, are exhibited. A statue of Confucius stands not far from it, while somewhat further on there is a small glade with a sundial and figures of all the zodiac's characters.

The 65-meter, open-worked bridge leads to the neighboring island, where the Japanese Garden is laid out. Created in minimalist style, it strikes the eye with its elegant simplicity and an atmosphere of absolute harmony typical of Japanese landscape design. Its main adornments are the miniature stone lanterns and a garden of stones, brought in from Japan. Similar to the Chinese Garden it has its own teahouse, with little red bridges linking the small ponds and providing a view over the amazing flowers and plants.

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Reviews: 49
Ben

Relaxing slow-paced place, with interesting features throughout. Worth a stroll

22.10.2017  
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Kate

Arrive after 6pm for best experience. Great for walking/cycling/jogging. Clean and pretty:-)

20.08.2016  
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Elise

Check out the turtle and tortoise museum here!

10.12.2015  
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Torzin S

Good landscape design especially Japanese Garden which has more green and lakes that attract birds and other animal. The Chinese garden is too gaudy with too many structures.

12.07.2015  
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Maria

Lovely area

04.05.2015  
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Sergey

You can take beautiful photos here in the twilight hours of the dusk.

22.02.2015  
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Marco

Great while its not raining, feed the fish and the turtles, its so relaxing!

29.12.2014  
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susana law yeo kiat

nice place

24.11.2014  
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Natalya

Piece of Japan in Singapore

19.10.2014  
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Tomek

Easy to spend hours here with some highlights. The pagoda and statues of historical figures are photogenic.

05.09.2014  
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Rinu

A beautiful garden to walk around and relax with family. Must climb up to the top of the Pagoda to get a nice view of the whole garden.

15.08.2014  
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Junjie

Beautiful scenery

08.08.2014  
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Koochikoowa

Go visit the tortoise museum while you're there.

24.04.2014  
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Go!Places

The Turtle Museum is a must-visit!

20.02.2014  
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Akshaya

Be prepared for long and longer walks!

22.01.2014  
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Chong

Must visit the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum. Feed these free roaming and caged shell friends for $2.

18.12.2013  
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Max

Nice exposure for family young n old. Free entrance but no free parking.

13.11.2013  
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Another

Be warned, $12 entrance fee because of the Mid Autumn Festival.

16.09.2013  
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Alexander

Very romantic place. Natural odor of flowers and leafs, tropical birds..

08.09.2013  
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Royzkie

An easy walk and stroll visit with beautiful scenery.

19.08.2013  
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