Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay
Marina Barrage is just a few minutes away from Gardens by the Bay. These two completely unique sites are famous tourist attractions in Singapore. Though they were built for different purposes, both have become popular recreational areas. Read on to learn a few more details.
Purpose of Marina Barrage
The Marina Barrage is a giant dam covering a width of 350 meters over the Mariana Channel. The dam blocks water from flowing through the channel and supplies 10% of Singapore’s water needs. The construction of this barrage formed the 15th reservoir of Singapore. The Marina Barrage is also used to alleviate flooding of low lying areas. The dam is equipped with giant pumps that are capable of pumping an incredible amount of water into the sea very quickly whenever there is heavy rain.
Although the Marina Barrage’s main purpose is to be a dam, it is better known as a recreational centre, popular for picnics, kite flying, or simply relaxing with a nice view and breeze. The recreational dam area is open to the public 24/7 and has an information centre that is open from 9 am until 9 pm every day. The dam is 100% free to enter. There are nearby car parks and taxi stand that allows those who want to drive or be dropped off easy access to the dam. Tours are arranged via the information centre if anyone wishes to learn a great deal more about the Marina Barrage. All these things are what make the Marina Barrage a unique, popular recreational centre and dam.
Gardens by the Bay is made up of two main garden areas, known as Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden. Bay South Garden is the larger of the two garden areas. It was designed after Singapore’s national flower, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. It is in this area of the garden that the famous Super Trees are located. These Super Trees are 50 meters tall with vertical vegetation growing over them to create giant vertical gardens. Each tree has a suspended walkway allowing the public to view the vertical gardens up close. In the evenings, the Super Trees light up the whole garden, making the sight even more spectacular at night. The Super Trees are the most famous exhibit shown in the Gardens by the Bay.
Forest in the Clouds
Another unique garden exhibit within the Gardens by the Bay is the Forest in the Clouds. This exhibit is located in the smaller garden area, Bay East Garden. A 35-metre mountain looms in the Forest in the Clouds. This mountain is partially hidden by mist and covered in green vegetation. The Forest in the Clouds is also home to the world’s tallest indoor pool. Some of the plant life in this area even reaches 2,000 meters above sea level. The entire Forest in the Clouds is enclosed giving you an indoor garden feel. The combination of all the exhibits within the Gardens by the Bay complement each other in such a way that the entire garden grows in fame.