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First phase of Singapore's Gardens of the Bay opens to the public

The first phase of Gardens of the Bay complex in Singapore opened to visitors last week. The 54-hectare Bay South Garden is expected to attract five million visitors a year and its two-hectare outdoor event area can accommodate up to 30,000 people. The complex's two other areas, Bay East and Bay Central Gardens, are scheduled to open by 2015.

First phase of Singapore's Gardens of the Bay opens to the public

The Gardens by the Bay complex in Singapore opened the first of its three phases to the public last week. The 54-hectare Bay South Garden welcomed its first visitors on 29th June, 2013 and it is expected to attract approximately five million visitors a year.

With an outdoor event area that can accommodate up to 30,000 people, and two cooled conservatories, the garden is set to be a hotspot for both holidaymakers and residents in Singapore.

The entire Gardens by the Bay complex encompasses 101 hectares of reclaimed land which is the equivalent of 177 football fields. The Bay East and Bay Central gardens are scheduled to open to visitors by 2015.

The complex is funded by the government of Singapore and the Bay South Garden alone has cost $1 billion.

Bay South's attractions include conservatories, the Heritage Gardens, the Dragonfly Lake, Kingfisher Lake, and 18 ‘Supertrees' which are unique concrete and metal structures that resemble trees.

The Flower Dome will feature flowers, fauna and the cool, dry climate of the Mediterranean and semi-arid sub-tropical regions like South Africa, while the Cloud Forest will be home to 130,000 plants that are found between 1,000m and 3,500m above sea level.

The garden has 13 dining outlets, six of which are currently open to visitors, including a food hall which is operated by the Select Group and Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton's Pollen restaurant.

Entry into the Bay South Garden is free but fees apply at the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest, and the 128-metre aerial walkway in the Supertree Grove.

The Chief Executive of the Gardens by the Bay complex, Tan Wee Kiat, is hoping that the new tourist attraction in Singapore will capture the "imagination and excitement" of the natural world, while encouraging people to take some time out form the digital leisure activities and appreciate the breathtaking natural wonders of the world.

The Bay South Garden will be open to visitors from 5am to 2am daily and its conservatories and the aerial walkway from 9am to 9pm.

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