Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Chinese and Japanese Gardens, Singapore: Address, Phone Number, Chinese and Japanese Gardens Reviews: 4/5

Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Chinese and Japanese Gardens
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The stunning colors of the plants and rock formations in the Chinese Garden contrast with the thought-provoking Japanese Garden.
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1-2 hours
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,079 contributions
Apr 2019
Easy to access via the SMRT, these gardens are peaceful relaxing to stroll through. The Chinese side has a beautiful towering pagoda, an abandoned teahouse, and a huge stone boat (like the Empress’s in Beijing). All of these are set around a lovely lake, with manicured lawns, flowers, plants, and trees everywhere. We also saw a large monitor lizard strolling along the shoreline of the adjoining river. Next came a whimsical garden with statues of the animals of the Chinese zodiac and a bonsai garden with a variety of house, bridge, and temple-like structures that formed a lovely enclosed courtyard. It was a wonderful experience.
Written March 15, 2020
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TemporaryTexan
Teddington, UK128 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Chinese Gardens Still Closed

We were on a very long cycle ride so disappointed to find the Chinese gardens still closed. Signs say work will complete this year but there still looks like a lot to do.
As mentioned elsewhere if you alight at Lakeside MRT you can visit Jurong Lakeside gardens. Much smaller but still worth a visit
Written August 16, 2021
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Joao T
Porto, Portugal5 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We arrived there in the beginning of June and there was a warning about the Chinese and Japanese gardens being closed for the next two years. If you're planning to visiting the rest of the park, please use the Lakeside MRT station. The Chinese Gardens station leads to a dead end.
Written June 8, 2019
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CanberraTripper
Canberra58 contributions
Sep 2019
I read about the gardens and decided to include them in a day trip we had planned around Singapore. However when I did some more research I realised that the gardens are currently CLOSED to the public. It was difficult to find this information however, and I hope my 'review' will alert others to the fact of the closure before they make the trek out to the location- which would be very frustrating.

We hope to visit the gardens another time when we are in Singapore and I'm sure that we will give them a great rating if we actually get to see them!!
Written September 16, 2019
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Jenanime
Singapore, Singapore188 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
I visited these charming gardens on a Saturday and found the place to be wonderfully quiet and serene. This place is a definite must see for nature lovers! I reckon 3 hours is sufficient for a relaxing and leisurely stroll around both the Chinese and Japanese Gardens. Start with a climb up the 7-storey pagoda for a stunning panoramic view of Singapore, then make your way to the lovely twin pagodas.

There is a gorgeous bonsai garden located within the Chinese Gardens, where you can sit on a stone seat and admire the beautiful scenery. The Chinese Gardens also has a live tortoise and turtle museum (that deserves more love), which houses rare species from across the world. There is plenty of squirrel and bird watching to be done as well around the gardens. In fact, I managed to spot a Kingfisher, which was awesome!

Once you have completed a full circuit of the Chinese Gardens, cross over the long white bridge into the Japanese Gardens to see picturesque red bridges over water lily filled ponds. I would love to visit here again in the future with a good book and a picnic basket. The Chinese and Japanese Gardens are truly an underrated natural gem in a bustling metropolis! :)
Written June 11, 2016
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Explorer15617
Vancouver, BC1 contribution
My wife and I visited the Garden on a rainy afternoon last December, when it was practically deserted. Extremely easy to get to via MRT. Bring your camera, you can't take a bad shot here. Visually stunning, amazing variety of plants, beautiful pen-jing display. Sadly, all the wood pillars which support the roofs of the pavilions and walkways have been eaten away by termites and will all need to be replaced very soon. The largest and most beautiful classical garden outside China.
Written August 24, 2004
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Grahame B
Australia4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
As previous reviews have noted both gardens are currently closed to all public access, for redevelopment.Signage at the MRT and at the closed entrance indicates they are slated to reopen some time in 2021. Don't make the trip out to see them only to discover this information !
Written October 25, 2019
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Maryngshwuling
Singapore123 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
The Chinese Garden is a park at Jurong East. It is located next to the Chinese Garden MRT station and connected to the Japanese Garden by a bridge.

At the main gates of the Chinese Gardens, there are two marble lions, welcoming the visitors and guarding the entrance of the garden. There is a pagoda on a small hill in the garden. There is also a Bonsai Garden which has a collection of over two thousand bonsais imported from China and other parts of the world. One of the attractions that you must not miss is the'Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum' . It exhibits exotic tortoises with two heads and six legs.
Written February 10, 2015
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RunningMan0
Singapore1,371 contributions
Jul 2012 • Solo
The Chinese Garden & Japanese Garden is one large Singapore Attraction that also includes other smaller attractions, such as The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum. Due to its location in the west of Singapore, away from the main tourist areas, the Chinese Garden & Japanese Garden tend to be quieter and less crowded. Which is a shame, because it's really beautiful.

There are actually 2 great time slots to visit the Chinese Garden & Japanese Garden. The first time slot ranges from 6am - 10am, when the cool morning mist still hangs in the air. It almost feels like you're on a mountain top, with the morning dew still wet on the grass. Plus the sun isn't too hot yet. If you visit during this timing, walk around the gardens first, as some of the attractions might not be open yet.

The second time slot ranges from 3pm - 7pm. Just before sunset, when it's cooler, and all the attractions at the Chinese Garden & Japanese Garden are still open. The reason it's best to visit during this 2 time slots is because the majority of the Chinese Garden & Japanese Garden is open air, and the afternoon sun can be harsh. Furthermore, there isn't any proper food for sale here, only tidbits and drinks, so you'll have to lunch elsewhere.

What I liked best about the Chinese Garden is the view from the 7 Storey Pagoda, and the Twin Pagodas. Well worth the effort to climb to the top! Also worth a look is the Bonsai Garden, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Do try exploring the different pebbled paths around the Chinese Garden, as I find that they were constructed to give visitors different views of an attraction. For example, walking the many paths of the Garden Of Abundance will give you different views of the 7 Storey Pagoda and Bridge Of Double Beauty from various angles.

The Japanese Garden is more zen like in nature. Don't miss viewing the Japanese Guest House & Mini Garden, with its landscaped lawns and ponds. Or the unique Stone Lantern Valley, with its own little stream.

While The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum is advertised as a star attraction of the Chinese Garden & Japanese Garden, it didn't really appeal to me. While their collection is really large and varied, it was quite sad seeing how some of their animals were kept.

If you're planning to visit, do note that while general admission is free, tickets for The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum cost $5. Also, do note the different opening hours for the more specialized attractions. Wear a good pair of walking shoes, and bring drinking water, as drinks here are slightly pricey ($1.70 per can)!
Written July 20, 2012
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JPK_YVR
Vancouver, Canada258 contributions
Dec 2019
Was quite a long Grab ride from Orchard Road to discover that, although there are lovely lakeside walks still open, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens are closed for quite a while longer while they undergo renovations.
Written December 12, 2019
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