A guide to visiting the Singapore National Orchid Garden

A guide to visiting the Singapore National Orchid Garden

We have visited Singapore twice and each time we have included a visit to the Singapore National Orchid Garden. The gardens are part of the Botanical Gardens in Singapore and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and were listed in 2015.  In fact they are the only botanical gardens listed by UNESCO.

The Orchid Garden was opened in October 1995. There are over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids on display and they are truly something to behold. It seemed that every orchid was my favourite until I saw the next! The orchid collection is the result of the breeding programme which was started in 1928.

Take little respite from the hustle and bustle of the city take a stroll in the tranquility of the gardens. As you walk in the cascading fountain with a backdrop of hundred of orchids, palms and greenery is simply stunning.


Singapore National Orchid Garden


Over 3 hectares of orchids set amongst wonderful gardens make up the Orchid Gardens. Make sure you have your camera at the ready – the orchids seem to come in every possible colour imaginable.

I took one or two pictures!

a selection of orchids a selection of orchids


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There are over 200 VIP orchids to peruse on your walk through the gardens. Named after visiting dignitaries and other people of importance (not me unfortunately). See if you can spot your favourite celebrity amongst the names!

Apparently some of the orchids are one-of-a-kind too! We had a great time recognising all the names and deciding whether their orchid suited them!!

One VIP orchid on display included one named Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher. This was not my husband’s favourite!! See if you can find the orchid named after Nelson Mandela.

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If you are planning to visit the Botanical Gardens and the Orchid Garden you could catch the MRT to Orchard MRT and then take a 10/15 walk to the Tanglin Gate entrance to the gardens. If, however, you are visiting specifically for the orchids I would suggest getting a taxi to drop you off at the Nassim gate. Entering at any of the other gates leaves quite a hike to get to the orchid garden. The first time we visited we arrived via MRT but our return visit we caught a taxi!

You can drive to the gardens and there are car parking facilities available at the Botany Centre, Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Core, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and along Tyersall Avenue.


Entrance fee is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free.


The botanical gardens are open daily from 5 am to midnight but the orchid gardens from 0830hr – 1900hr with the last entry at 1800hr.

the orchid family


There are guided tours available for the orchid garden on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9 am 10 am 11 am and 4 pm. Register for the tour at the Service Desk at the Nassim Entrance.


There are a couple of restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance of the orchid garden. There is also a little shop and rest rooms when you purchase your tickets to enter the garden.


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Author: Tracy

Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

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  1. Linda
    August 11, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Beautiful orchids ❤️ Definitely a place to visit, thanks for the info.

  2. August 12, 2017 / 6:27 am

    Beautiful!! I love Orchids and this was one of my favorite parts of Sri Lanka, I will deff keep an eye for them if I ever visit Singapore!

  3. August 12, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Wow, Tracy, your pics of the orchids are superb. I’ll check out the orchid garden next time I’m in Singapore.

  4. August 12, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Ooh they all look gorgeous! When I was in Singapore we visited the Botanical Garden which also had its fair share of nice flowers but I think I would have preferred to visit the orchids if I had known of the place 😛

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:29 am

      they are in the botanical gardens so its a pity you didn’t see them!

  5. August 13, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Wow! What stunning pictures! We love Singapore but have never been to the orchid garden. Another one for the list!

  6. August 14, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    This is the ONE place that I am always meaning to visit when I am in Singapore and i NEVER get round to. And now you are making me super jealous with these amazing photos. Definitely something I absolutely have to do next time I am down! Beautiful place and thanks for sharing!

    • August 17, 2017 / 8:43 am

      Yes definitely try to get there next time you are in Singapore – well worth a visit!

  7. August 16, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I’ve always liked Singapore and have visited many times. I always believed there’s so much more to the country than just being a stopover destination. Great write up.

    • August 17, 2017 / 8:43 am

      I agree – we enjoy visiting Singapore!

  8. August 17, 2017 / 5:34 am

    Orchids are such beautiful flowers. I’d love to see such an abundance of them in Singapore’s National Orchid Garden.

    • August 17, 2017 / 8:42 am

      They are really worth seeing – so beautiful!

  9. August 18, 2017 / 7:53 am

    The Singapore Orchid Garden is one of our favourites! Gotta revisit Singapore soon! Love your photos!

  10. August 18, 2017 / 8:55 am

    I’ve never been out to the Orchid Gardens but it photographs beautifully. Going to the MRT then taking a taxi is a good idea because it’s super hot and the taxis in Singapore aren’t too expensive either.

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Thanks James – hope you get to see them next time 🙂

  11. August 18, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Those flowers are breathtaking! I would love to explore Orchid Gardens soon. When’s the best time of the year to explore this beauty?

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:01 am

      To be honest we have visited in April and in August and they are just as stunning whenever we have been! I think with the climate in Singapore being the same all year round that any time to visit is fine!

  12. August 19, 2017 / 5:14 am

    Gorgeous photos! we went to an orchid garden in Fiji. Orchids are exquisite flowers and very photogenic. I will be visiting this garden if I find myself back in Singapore!

  13. Sandy N Vyjay
    August 19, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    The Orchid Garden is an enchanting place in Singapore. We loved the time we spent there. We were fascinated by the section where you have Orchids named after celebrities and visiting dignitaries.

  14. August 19, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I really love the variety of plants and flowers, I’m just fascinated! I’ll make sure to visit it when I visit Singapore since it’s already on my bucket-list!

    • August 24, 2017 / 10:59 am

      Definitely worth a visit – they are beautiful!

  15. Jurga
    August 21, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    OMG! I never imagined there would be so many different kinds of orchids! Looks like a beautiful place! I think I would end up with hundreds of pictures… 🙂

    • August 24, 2017 / 10:57 am

      I took so many photographs it was impossible not to!

  16. August 22, 2017 / 6:45 am

    OK so now I have a confession and now I feel silly… we caught the MTR to the Botanical Gardens and saw the signs for the Orchids. We strolled all the way through the park (yes it is a bit of a long walk) and when we eventually reached the entrance, it was at that point we found out there was a charge to enter. What were hot and bothered so chose not to go in, but these photos are making me wish we weren’t so hasty haha. Please don’t judge lol (I know you won’t, Im only kidding). I will visit when I return for sure! #FeetDoTravel

    • August 24, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Lol yes definitely visit next time! You walked all that way and missed out on the best bit!

  17. September 7, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    How gorgeous – I love orchids and it would be wonderful to see so many together, great tip too about choosing your gate wisely! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping