First Look: New Options Open within the Gallop Extension of Singapore Botanic Gardens


A nature-themed journey playground is now open to the general public, together with two preserved black-and-white bungalows with reveals of Singapore’s forests and botanical artwork.

Two preserved homes and a nature-themed playground are among the many new options of the 8-hectare Gallop extension of Singapore Botanic Gardens which opened to the general public on Saturday, March 13.

SINGAPORE: Two preserved homes and a nature-themed playground are among the many new options of the 8-hectare Gallop extension of Singapore Botanic Gardens which opened to the general public on Saturday, March 13.

The brand new options are along with the ridge high climbing path and a brand new arboretum which opened in October 2019.

This is what you may see and do with the brand new options.


Inbuilt 1898, Singapore’s oldest colonial-era bungalow is now residence to the Forest Discovery Middle @ OCBC Arboretum, which showcases the nation’s forest ecosystems.

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The Forest Discovery Middle @ OCBC Arboretum is housed in a preserved colonial-era home, the oldest such bungalow in Singapore. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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Gallop Home No. 5 (Atbara) was in-built 1898 and its construction stays unchanged. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

Within the black and white bungalow, guests can be taught primary expertise to determine forest wildlife, akin to butterflies, birds and dragonflies.

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Guests can look by a telescope to identify and determine wildlife like butterflies, birds and dragonflies within the forest. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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One other a part of the bungalow has fascinating options within the forests of Singapore and emphasizes the significance of conserving them.

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A photographic set up options native timber akin to durian, rhu, sea almond and gelam. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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Do you know that there are a number of kinds of forest habitats in Singapore?

They embody coastal and mangrove forests, freshwater swamp forests, and tropical rainforests – and this space showcases them and underscores the significance of conserving them.

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Guests hear the sounds of nature as they enter the realm, giving them an concept of ​​what the forest habitat appears to be like and appears like. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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Guests may watch video footage of digicam traps and hearken to recordings of animal calls. (Photograph: Ili Nadirah)

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Offered as a “nature play backyard”, the Como Journey Grove goals to introduce youngsters to nature by play, by recreating the expertise of climbing and taking part in in timber.

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Designed to imitate the sprawling aerial root system of a mature weeping fig tree, guests can climb the ropes and slide down the tunnel. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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An enormous cempedak fruit will be seen from the highest of the tunnel slide. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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A better take a look at the large cempedak fruit, a well-liked native fruit and an in depth relative of jackfruit and breadfruit. Guests can climb and climb the floor of the construction. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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Did you play with saga seeds while you have been little? Guests can climb up and down the large pod of the saga tree or soar on the intense pink seeds. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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One other renovated colonial-era bungalow on the premises is now a gallery housing Singapore’s first everlasting botanical artwork exhibit.

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Inbuilt 1906, Gallop Home No. 7 (Inverturret) is residence to over 2,000 botanical work in addition to tons of of sketches, line drawings and pictures. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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The doorway to the botanical artwork gallery. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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A whole bunch of sketches, line drawings and pictures are on show. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

The artwork on show is a choice of botanical watercolor illustrations of native species, together with some extinct species.

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A number of the watercolor illustrations are of species which might be domestically extinct. It highlights how botanical artwork serves as a up to date register of vegetation, similar to trendy colour images. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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The exercise room presents beautiful views of the wooded areas surrounding the home. Right here, guests can be taught numerous strategies concerned in botanical illustration, akin to sketching and colour mixing and composition of scenes. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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On the Botanical Artwork Gallery’s desk stations, guests can check out quite a lot of actions, akin to sketching plant floor textures. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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Guests can discover the shapes of the leaves. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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Guests can discover ways to draw flowers by following the steps supplied to them. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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Guests may scent the pure scents of the vegetation present in Singapore Botanic Gardens and attempt to determine them. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)


In case you get pleasure from nature walks, Gallop Valley is supposed to be a quiet retreat nestled amongst mature timber.

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Gallop Valley is a gateway to Woollerton Drive. Throughout the grounds you will note the Farrer Street MRT station. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

Admission to all options of the Gallop extension is free. Guests are inspired to go throughout off-peak hours.

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The Gallop Extension of the Singapore Botanic Backyard is open to the general public on Saturday, March 13. (Photograph: Hanidah Amin)

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