Singapore Chinese Garden (Chinese: 裕华园), also commonly known as Jurong Gardens, is a park in Jurong East, Singapore. Built in 1975 and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, a well-known architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main feature is the integration of splendid architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modeled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscape design. It is located next to Chinese Garden MRT Station and connected to the adjacent Japanese garden with a bridge.
A signature architectural building of the Chinese is the pagoda, used in ancient times by the Buddhists to keep human bones. The seven-storey pagoda "Ru Yun Ta" follows the style of Ling Ku Temple Pagoda in Nanjing.
Two elements of traditional Chinese architecture are the 'Yao-Yueh Fang' (Stone Boat) and the 'Ming Hsiang Hsieh' (Tea House), the second is a miniature structure following the style of the elaborate, winding gallery at the Summer Palace.
Apart from buildings, gardens are a constant motif in the Chinese Garden. Around the Chinese Pavilion, Plateau and Tower are interwoven plants, rocks, a winding stream and footpaths to create a harmonious scene. A Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden, built at a cost of SGD 3.8 million, is home to about 1,000 bansais mainly imported from China. This world-class bonsai garden has been given a facelift. Revived after an estimate of another SGD 500,000 - the Bonsai Garden is a wonder that you have to see.
Other main features in Singapore Chinese Garden include:
The 'Pai Hung Ch'iao' Bridge (the white rainbow, 13-Arch Bridge) at the Garden follows the style of the 17-Arch Bridge at the Summer Palace in Peking.
As you cross the bridge when entering the garden, you will be greeted by this familiar and typical Chinese arch building. Inside the main arch building, there are two courtyards, namely the "Early Spring Courtyard" and "Garden Courtyard". There is also a fishpond in the center, named the "Fishes Paradise".
You can find 100-year-old pomegranate trees from Shantung, China, planted alongside sculptures of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. The creative concept of planting materials, with meanings of longevity, abundance and fulfillment, is developed in accordance with Chinese tradition and folk culture.
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
Bonsai Garden : free.
Admission charges to Garden of Abundance : $2 adults, $1 children (3 - 12 years)
Admission charges to Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum : $5 adults, $3 children (3 - 12 years)
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