Visit Gardens by the Bay on Google's Street View
Virtual tour will include paid attractions such as the Flower Dome
Singapore's Gardens by the Bay is joining a growing list of iconic travel spots accessible only by foot which are being photographed by Google for its Street View feature.
The mapping service allows users to zoom in from above and get a panoramic 360-degree view of an area and take a virtual tour.
The tech giant will begin capturing images of several parts of the Gardens, including the Super Trees, Indian Garden and Dragonfly Lake, from today. The Flower Dome conservatory, which has an entry fee of $12 for local residents, will also be photographed.
A Google operator will walk through the Gardens with what is called the Trekker - a special backpack with a Street View camera system. This consists of 15 lenses mounted on a mast and connected to a computer, which allows the wearer to automatically capture an image of their surroundings every 2.5 seconds as they move.
Other mapped tourist sites
AS AN extension of Street View, Google has, since 2012, been taking 360-degree panoramic photos of tourist sights around the world that are only accessible by foot. Here are those completed so far:
- Grand Canyon, US.
- Mount Fuji, Japan.
- Hashima Island, Japan - more commonly known as Battleship Island.
- Iqaluit, Canadian Arctic - the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
- Burj Khalifa, Dubai - the world's tallest building.
- The Galapagos Islands, a Unesco World Heritage Site off the coast of South America.