Saturday, June 30, 2012

Billion Dollar Gardens By the Bay in Singapore

This is the first weekend opening for Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

This billion dollar garden is supposed to be the Green lungs of Singapore, and I'm going to share some photos and videos and you can decide.

Box that changed history

There is sparingly use of cement screed floor, something you do not expect on a billion dollar botanical gardens, and it does heat up pretty well, making it unbearable to walk in the afternoon.

There are also strange structures called "super trees" which neither resemble a tree of is especially green.

The flowers all seemed dried up and many plants do not look health, even at the opening, and there is an eerie lack of insects as well.

This place does have a lot of lights at night. For a Botanical Garden, there are also a few glass domes with air-conditioning, and they contain plants which is for a different climate, and supposed powered with bio-waste. (If it were so green, built on reclaimed land and all, why the airconditioning?)

The plants on the outside however are dried up and dying, from lack of care and errr... excessive heat from concrete and air-con exhaust?

Many parts of the Gardens by the Bay is really ugly, and the reasons is because of the roofs of a gift shop and food court.

Yes, there is a food court... Really really expensive one.

Looking at the Gardens by the Bay, and thinking, what does this horrendous thing benefit, you just need to look up and see Marina Bay Sands -- the Casino... It all makes sense now.

I don't get it. You pay >$20 to get into these airconditioned domes and $5 for a skywalk, and it is built using taxpayers money.

If you ask me does it cost $1 billion?

I'd answer: It does if there is horrible corruption and over payment!

Mushrooms make noises? -- Iron Bowl


Andy said...

Interesting. I was thinking of visiting there when I am in Singapore later this year - but now I feel I can spend my time (and money) better some other way.

Iron Bowl said...

Perhaps in a year or so when all the other construction in the area is done, the place might be better?

The air conditioned Domes that cost $$$ to build and $20++ to enter does house interesting plant species.

As long as you bring your own food and drinks, going to Gardens by the Bay is not so bad.

BouncingCastle said...

Thanks Iron Bowl, this place is extraordinarily ugly and you have said it straight. What a huge and super-visible mistake Singapore has made here. It's lucky for the ruling class that they are incapable of embarrassment or shame.

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