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An October 2008 trip to Singapore City by SeenThat

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Quote: On Singapore’s lions and orchids.

Jurong Bird Park

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Attraction | "Bantering Parrots"

Jurong Bird Park Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Jurong BirdPark is largest birds’ park in Asia, occupying more than twenty hectares; inaugurated in 1971, it shares the open-space concept of Singapore’s zoo and night safari parks.The collection includes more than eight-thousand birds from six-hundred species, most of them from Southeast Asia.Four walk-in aviaries form the park, among which is the world’s largest walk-in aviary with the tallest man-made waterfall. Beyond that it offers shows; detailed information about the extensive shows is supplied at the entrance. The exhibi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2009

Jurong Bird Park
2 Jurong Hill
Singapore, Singapore 628925
65 6265 0022

Singapore Zoo

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Attraction | "On Trams, Owls and Ulu Ulu"

Singapore Zoo Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Located next to the Zoological Gardens, the Singapore Night Safari was inaugurated more than twenty years after the first, in 1994. Occupying forty hectares, it displays 120 animal species, of which 29% are threatened.Forty-one exhibits can be seen on foot, while the remaining eighteen demand the use of the tram. The park is divided into the East and West Loops and into eight geographical zones with a total length of 3.2km; the walkway length is 2.8km long and divided into three walking trails. A useful map featuring the different trails is giving with the entrance ticket.Timing The park opens from 7:30 PM to midnight daily; the show times i...Read More

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Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore, Singapore 729826
(65) 6269 3411

Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Attraction | "Empress Orchid"

Singapore Botanic Gardens Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Ancient OrchidsSir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, established the first botanical garden on Government Hill in 1822, aiming to introduce the cultivation of cocoa and nutmeg. This garden was closed in 1829, after his death. The actual gardens were founded in 1859 as a leisure and ornamental park. Its first Director, Henry Nicholas Ridley, arrived in 1888 and is known for persisting in persuading Malaya's planters to grow rubber trees. He devised successful propagation methods and discovered a way to harvest the rubber without harming the trees. After Malaya’s coffee plantations were destroyed by disease, the planters adopted the rubber just ...Read More

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Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569
(65) 6471 7138

Singapore Zoo

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Attraction | "On White Tigers, Pygmy Hippos and Komodo Dragons"

Singapore Zoo Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Inaugurated in 1973, the Singapore Zoological Gardens offers one of the best experience of its kind in Southeast Asia, comparable to the one of the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok. Occupying an area of 28 hectares, it hosts 315 animals, of which 16% are threatened species.ConceptThe zoo is of the open type, with the animals being kept in landscaped enclosures simulating their natural habitats. Those are separated from the visitors by d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 10, 2009

Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore, Singapore 729826
(65) 6269 3411

Singapore Shopping

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General View Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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"Why do you write so much about Bangkok’s shopping malls while you make all your major shopping in Singapore?" a friend that was looking at my IgoUgo journals asked."You weren’t supposed to notice that!" was my lame answer.The truth is undeniable. I prefer to browse around in Bangkok – it is much bigger and offers many more shopping centers – but ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2009