Main Features of the Singapore Chinese Garden

East Entrance of the Singapore Chinese Garden
This entrance was specially constructed in conjunction with the Chinese Garden MRT station, to ensure easy access for pedestrians visiting the gardens.

The Stone Lions at the entrance | SweetMemoirs©2011
It is a Chinese belief that the lion is the animal representing authority and fealty. Thus, the cloudy-grained marble stone lions at the gates of the Chinese Garden – typically Chinese in style – guarding the main gates of the Garden. They are skilfully sculptured from Taiwan-imported marble stone.

The ‘Ru Yun T’a Pagoda | SweetMemoirs©2011
This 7-storey pagoda is situated on a small hill in the Chinese Garden. Its typical pagoda design follows the style of Ling Ku Temple Pagoda at Nanjing.

The ‘Pai Hung Ch’iao’ Bridge | SweetMemoirs©2011
The white rainbow, 13-Arch Bridge at the Garden follows the style of the 17-Arch Bridge at the Summer Palace in Peking. Although the bridge at the Chinese Garden is shorter than the famous 17-Arch Bridge, it still maintains the magnificence and brilliance in architectural design, representing a typical beautiful Chinese bridge.
The Rainbow Bridge is the finish line of The Amazing Race Asia 2.

The Main Arch Building | SweetMemoirs©2011
It is a renowned and typical Chinese arch building. The magnificent and grandiose form has made it very popular for picture-taking. Inside the main arch building, there are two courtyards, namely the “Early Spring Courtyard” and “Garden Courtyard”. 

The Stone Boat | SweetMemoirs©2011
A famous traditional feature of Chinese architecture is the Stone Boat structure. Its unique design and splendid architectural beauty is a fine art which has long been praised by people throughout the world.
The style of ‘Yao-Yueh Fang’ (the Stone Boat) in the Chinese Garden is based on the Peking style, but there are some adaptations in the design and the materials used here – as a result of which – a more beautiful and grandiose form is obtained.

The Chinese Pavilion | SweetMemoirs©2011
The Chinese Pavilion, Plateau and Tower represent the soul of the Chinese gardening art. The artistic features, typical of Chinese architecture have long been appreciated by man. The arrangement of these structures is very important and one of the essential rules of the structural arrangement is that the position of each structure must be balanced by its height and size. Further, the building must be linked with plants, rocks, a winding stream and footpaths so as to create a poetical scene.
The design of the four pavilions at the Chinese Garden is based on the style of Northern Chinese Pavilions, and decorated to blend harmoniously with the Garden.

The Pagoda Twins at Singapore Chinese Garden | SweetMemoirs©2011
In ancient times, the pagoda, originally a simple tower located beside a temple, was used for the keeping of human bones by Buddhists. Later, with improvements in architectural skills, incorporated with the traditional art of building, the pagoda was developed into a structure of striking architectural beauty.
Garden of Abundance |  SweetMemoirs©2011 

The newest addition to the Chinese Garden family is the Garden of Abundance. The original name of this garden is the Zodiac & Pomegranate Garden, derived from the elements used for the construction of the garden.
The Live Turtle and Tortise Museum |  SweetMemoirs©2011 

The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum exhibits different species turtles and tortoises. A highlight of the museum is it exhibits exotic types of tortoises, such as tortoises with 2 heads and 6 legs - where only one in every few million of these rare species will survive.
Bonsai Garden |  SweetMemoirs©2011 

Opened in June 1992, the Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden cost an estimate $3.8 million to build. This 5,800-square-metre garden with Suzhou-style buildings (incorporating a main hall of 50 square metres) and landscape houses a collection of over 2,000 bonsais imported from China and other parts of the world.

Click here for must-see photographs of more interesting architecture, scenery, flora and fauna around the garden.

Main Garden : 6.00 am - 11.00 pm (daily)
Bonsai Garden & Garden of Abundance : 9.00 am - 6.00 pm (daily)
Live Turtle &Tortoise Museum : 10.00 am - 7.00 pm (daily)

Main Garden : Free
Admission charges to Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum : $5 adults, $3 children (3 - 12 years)

*All information provided are from Wikipedia and Places to go in Singapore


  1. looks like a "cherrific" place to visit...I remember those photos of Kyla with the bandana :-)

  2. Lovely photos !!! I see red in most pictures, such a happy color !!!


  3. The lion has to be in a such position, in their beliefs. Someone told me that in one of the casinos in Las Vegas, they have to demolish and rebuild it.

    The freebies were from my computer purchases from Best Buy, did not even realize that I had it until they sent me an email reminder.

  4. Beautiful contrasts. What a lovely place to explore.

  5. Wow!My brother lived in Singapore for a few years and has some beautiful pictures too. Great photos of the gardens.

  6. I love these pics - the architecture, the trees, the flags, and the lanterns. You have space on your blog to upload your pictures to extra large size and they would look AMAZING! Just a suggestion...:)

  7. Calling by as another Outdoor Wednesday participant, an interesting collection of photos of somewhere I would love to visit for myself.

  8. lived in Singapore for 16 years, our MRT travel past the Chines gardens.