Pretty spots for wedding pictures at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Known for its beautiful gardens and structures for wedding pictures, here are other sites you can consider for your portraits at the much-loved 156-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Dell
Head through one of two easily-missed paths off Dell Lane near Swan Lake and discover a peaceful and shady nook with unique water features. Dating back to 1882, it was originally designed with straight paths and simple mounds to showcase ferns, but was later modified with curved paths and a series of irregular rockeries. Little has changed in this Eden-esque spot since 1927

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Fragrant Garden
Take a stroll along the newly-built boardwalk and spot butterflies flitting among colourful flowers by day, and then return at sundown to enjoy scents from nocturnally-inclined blooms. To create the sweet olfactory experience that its name suggests, the garden showcases species of plants that have been cultivated by various cultures through millennia for their aromatherapy, medicinal, ceremonial and perfumery uses.

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The Bandstand
One of the best known features of the Gardens, the Bandstand was formerly the focus point when the venue was first built. The pavilion, which came in 1930, used to be a place of performance for military bands. Today, it is a popular place for rest and shelter for visitors, and a popular spot for wedding photos for couples.

PHOTO: Her World Brides December 2012

Sundial Garden
This little glade with its jade green ponds boasts a symmetry not found anywhere else in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Its focal point is a circa 1929 bronze sundial with carved figures on each side of its whitewashed pedestal, and despite obvious signs of wear and tear, an enigmatic inscription continues to inform those who stumble upon it that “What thou seekest is a shadow”.

PHOTO: Her World Brides December 2012

Marsh Garden
A short distance from Tanglin Gate is an idyllic oasis surrounded by patches of verdant tropical greenery. While awash with water lilies and papyrus plants today, it was home to a rhinoceros wallow back in the late 1800s when the Gardens used to house a zoo. Animals in the collection had included a sloth bear, kangaroos, orang utans, a leopard from the King of Siam, and a tiger from the Sultan of Terengganu.

This article was first featured on, on July 8, 2015.