Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The Chinese Garden was built in 1975 and is based on the concepts of Chinese gardening art. The main attraction of the garden is the way in which it combines architectural features with their natural surroundings. For example, the main arch building is a traditional Chinese arch, and is architecturally magnificent. But the creators of the garden have placed a fishpond in the centre, combining the man-made beauty of the arch with the natural beauty of the swimming fish. A similar thing can be said of the 7 storey pagoda which is located at the top of a small hill. The artificial height of the pagoda is combined with the natural height of the hill to create a more impressive and more beautiful overall effect.
The Japanese Garden was built in 1974 and was constructed on an artificial island. It is connected to the Chinese Garden next door by an intricate white bridge known as ‘The Bridge of Double Beauty’. It is almost the opposite of the Chinese Garden in the sense that instead of trying to be magnificent and visually impressive, it is designed to convey a sense of calmness and inner peace. There are far fewer architectural constructions, but the Japanese garden does have 10 Toro stone lanterns, various ponds and gravel pathways. It is also home to the Turtle & Tortoise Museum.
Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road, Singapore 619795
Tel: +65 6560 0056
Opening hours: 6:00am – 7:00pm