Singapore is known all over the world for its parks and wild life
scenturies The major parks and their attractions are the following
Jurong Bird Park
One of Singapore's major attractions, the beautifully landscaped
20-hectare Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird park in all of Southeast
Asia. Home to over 8,000 birds from 6000 species including one of the
largest Hornbill collections in the world, the Jurong Bird Park holds the
distinction of having the world's tallest man-made waterfall. Check out its
Southeast Asian Birds Aviary where a thunderstorm is simulated everyday at
noon, the nocturnal house where owls and kiwis can be found and the colorful
Parrot Paradise. Look out also for bird shows. The Bird Park can be covered
by monorail or on foot.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
One of only two rainforests in the world within city boundaries(the other
is in Rio de Janeiro), the 164-hectare reserve contains more species of
plants than the entire North American continent. At the heart of the reserve
lies Singapore's highest point- Bukit Timah Hill at 164 meters above sea
level - with wildlife like long-tailed macaques, flying lemurs and the
seldom-seen pangolin and mouse deer waiting to be discovered.
Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Situated side by side, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens reflect very
contrasting landscapes. The 13-hectare Chinese Garden re-creates a classical
Chinese imperial garden with twin pagodas, a Suzhou-style Penjing garden, a
tea gallery and other Chinese architecture. The Japanese Garden, on the
other hand, emphasizes simplicity, with stone lanterns, shrubs, Zen rock
gardens, traditional summer houses and classical Japanese motifs creating a
East Coast Park
A favorite playground of Singaporeans, the East Coast park, off the East
Coast Parkway between Bedok and Marine Parade, holds many avenues for fun.
One can bowl, cycle, windsurf, canoe, and have a picnic, roller-blade or
just chill out here. Or you can enjoy yourself at the various leisure
attractions like East Coast Tennis Center or the Laguna Golf Course.
Gourmands will love the UDMC seafood centre.
Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Park, behind the Singapore Drama Center and Singapore History
Museum was built by the British between 1859 and 1861 as an arms store,
barracks and hospital. The hill is sacred to the Malays because this is
where early Malay rulers were laid to rest. This is also where Sir Stamford
Raffles built his own bungalow, Singapore's first Government House. Fort
Canning is now a popular venue for the arts, including sculpture
exhibitions, plays and ballet under the stars .
The Night Safari
As the world's first and only night zoo, this is an experience that cannot
be recommended enough! You can view - by tram ( extra charges apply) or by
foot on one of the three Walking Trails, or a combination of both to
experience the park set in eight geographical zones. Catch the twice-nightly
"Creatures of the Night" show, a highly entertaining and
educational animal show featuring a cougar, binturong, civet and an otter .