Singapore Botanic Garden
World Heritage Site
Where is it found?
The Botanic Gardens was founded at its present site in 1859 by the an agri-horticultural society. It played a pivotal role in the region's rubber trade boom in the early twentieth century, when its first scientific director Henry Nicholas Ridley, headed research into the plant's cultivation. By perfecting the technique of rubber extraction, still in use today, and promoting its economic value to planters in the region, rubber output expanded rapidly. At its height in the 1920s, the Malayan peninsula cornered half of the globallatex production.
Is it a cultural or natural site?
Year of inscription
National Orchid Garden Singapore - Botanic Gardens