The Singapore Botanic Garden, First UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is now Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site! It is the first tropical botanic garden on the list and the first in Asia too.

We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of you for supporting the bid, because we would not have come this far without you. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is not only important to our City in a Garden; it is also a place well-loved by many of us where precious memories are created and shared. Come celebrate with us at these events:


We will continue to preserve and enhance the characteristics that make Singapore Botanic Gardens a World Heritage Site. 

~About Singapore Botanic Gardens~
Founded in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society, the Gardens was taken over by the British colonial government in 1874. With more than 150 years of history, the 74-hectare Gardens is the oldest surviving tropical botanic gardens in the Straits Settlements. It is home to one of the only two tropical rain forests in the world located within a city, and more than half of the species contained within it are considered rare in Singapore.

While the Gardens’ extent and layout have changed over time, it continues to play an important role internationally, as a leading tropical botanical and horticultural institution. It has also retained many historic features including the original 1860s layout and more than 40 officially recognised heritage trees, landscape features such as Palm Valley, and buildings such as Burkill Hall (built 1868) and the E J H Corner House (built 1910). 

Source: NPaks, Singapore
Photo credit: Charles Loh

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