Following a brief shopping stint at J-Cube and a satisfying kushiyaki lunch at JEM, James and I made our way to the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, located just one train station away from Jurong East. Lulled into a torpid daze thanks to the humid weather, we didn’t manage to stay long (plus the sun was starting to set, so those pesky mosquitoes were out in full force). While we never actually made it to the Japanese Garden, we had some fun climbing the majestic seven-storey pagoda (its odd number of floors are said to symbolise continuity) and viewing the gorgeous greenery that constituted the 13.5 hectare grounds. We also had a quick tour of the Garden of Abundance, which houses an impressive collection of stone sculptures of all 12 animals from the Chinese Zodiac, plus a number of century-old pomegranate trees transplanted from Shandong, China.
The Chinese Garden itself was built in 1975. Designed by Taiwanese architect Yuen-Chen Yu, it was largely inspired by classical northern-Chinese “imperial style” architecture and landscaping. Today, it boasts a number of additional attractions including a Suzhou-esque Bonsai Garden (featuring over 2000 bonsai trees imported from various parts of the world) and the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum (which is home to more than 200 turtles and tortoises of over 60 different species, including a rare 2-headed specimen). I highly recommend this place to photography enthusiasts as there are a number of wonderful opportunities here to take stunning nature and landscape shots.
1 Chinese Garden Road
Opening Hours: 6am – 11pm (daily)
Admission: Free | excludes special exhibitions