Singapore Botanic Garden bidding for Unesco heritage listing


Singapore is bidding to have its 183-acre Botanic Garden listed as a Unesco heritage site. How does our expanded Penang Botanic Garden, 590 acres including surrounding hills, compare to this, considering the damage and neglect it experienced in recent years?

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Hua Sai

If I am not wrong, the Penang Botanic Garden has a British expatriate/expert running the place?

don anamalai

Any specific KPIs for him?


The newly gazetted site is 590 acres but only about a quarter of that is accessible to ordinary folk, the rest is made up of hilly land and jungle, which should of course be conserved but improved by adding signage, distance measures, and safer paths. The plants in the gardens proper can be further improved and the jogging track can be resurfaced. Enforcement is also important to ensure a safe environment for visitors. Right now, even the staff of the Botanical Gardens Department drive their vehicles into the gardens and park their cars inside when they can just as easily… Read more »


590 acres of prime land that developers are eyeing fir their nrxt high rise condo project in Penang?

Island Joe

Our beloved botanical gardens are at a cross roads but its not all bad. We have a strong loyal local following utilising the gardens and surrounding area from hikers, to walkers / joggers, cyclists, tai chi classes, etc. It has to be said that at least its not a white elephant. Now the management of the gardens is another matter. 1st impressions when you come in is that its a total mess. That is the area where morons feed the monkeys and it is so dirty. Very bad as its supposed to be our showcase of nature! Once you get… Read more »

Condo Lim

Please don’t do it. Current pathetic state of Penang Botanic Garden ‘hanya bikin malu saja’.

Khoo Soo Hay

I don’t know about the Singapore Botanic Garden, but our Penang Botanic Garden and Municipal Park is also a great place. The only problem is that in my morning walks and observations, the place is not well looked after. Lots of rubbish, partly distributed courtesy of our monkey denizens which threw them out of the rubbish bins. But there are branches which needed to be chopped down, concrete pathways which are damaged which should be repaired. There are a lot of dirty throwaways around. The authorities should employ guards to fine people on the spot, especially the picnickers who do… Read more »


What’s a pity when you mention the condition of botanic garden.Bringing food cannot be a issue.People’s goes with family and Public Garden cannot ban people’s bringing food.It’s not like Theme Park where they make money. The problems is 3rd class mentality of whoever throw rubbish but the worst is no mentality at all by the caretaker.The authority of the Park have no mentality and the state government who are rich don’t bother about Public Park or Public needs. rajraman .It’s common for Politician care for high income project where can make money but they don’t care about Public needs.Politician is… Read more »