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Known also as Singapore Jurong Gardens because of their locale, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens are two vast, roomy, well-preserved and manicured garden parks on Jurong Lake designed by renowned Taiwanese architect Professor Yu Yuen-chen.

Construction for the gardens began in 1975 with the intention of them serving as tourist attractions. They are however, mainly visited by locals and foreign expatriates, favored as an exercising spot for residents living around the area, and scenic hunt for photographers and photographers-wannabes.

Tourists love to wander around the gardens, especially those into Chinese culture and architecture. Picturesque views offered throughout the gardens make them enjoyable to stroll around, however they may not really be worth a visit as they are located quite far away from the city centre and the limited activities are available within the gardens.

Chinese Garden

The more popular Chinese Garden has a few attractions; Ru Yun T’a, a magnificent 7 -storey pagoda located at the entrance from Chinese Garden MRT station which provides a panoramic view of the surrounding areas at the top and Bonsai Garden, an enclosed Suzhou-style garden of potted Bonsai plants ranging from 30 to 300 years in age.

The peking-style Stone Boat Feature, modeled after the Stone Boat sculpture in Beijing's Summer Palace, which silently and gently retreats into the waters of a small surrounding lake, is an example. Another is the quaint yet picture-perfect Twin Pagodas that stand at the edge of Jurong Lake.

While on the walkthrough of Chinese Garden, one will also come across the markedly advertised Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum. Unless one is a complete turtle and tortoise nut, be warned that it is not a place you may want to visit as the museum is small and contains a pathetic collection of turtles and tortoises many of which are displayed in glass tanks.

Japanese Garden

Situated across the Chinese Garden and connected by a beautiful whitewashed Chinese bridge is the Japanese Garden, a quiet and peaceful garden that features the essence of Japanese garden landscaping. It is less popular with locals and tourists alike, visited mostly by photographers and couples for its picturesque and intimate setting.

A contemplative and meditative mood reigns in this garden and if you do venture around, you will find distinctive Japanese Tori Gates, Stone Lanterns, a small traditional Japanese house and a rest house.

Be sure not to miss the small but significant tree located near the entrance, which was planted by Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko of Japan on 26 February 1970 when they visited Jurong Town.

Type of place: Park
Costs: free
Location: West, Singapore
Street address: 1 Chinese Garden Road
Nearest public transport: Chinese Garden
Opening hours: Chinese Garden Daily 6am-11pm, Bonzai Garden and Garden of Abundance 9am-5pm, Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum 9am-6pm, Japanese Garden 6am-7pm
Telephone: +65 62613632
Email: explore@juronggardens.com.sg





Chinese and Japanese Gardens Reviews

grace
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18-05-2010
by grace
Easily accessible; 5 minutes walk from Chinese Garden MRT.
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Chinese Garden features northern imperial style of Chinese architecture and landscape.
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Bonsai Garden features beautiful well-grown bonsai plants from 30 to 300 years old in age.
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Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum is a very small museum with a small and sad collection of live tortoises and turtles.
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A blatant tourist attraction.
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