PM Lee unveils Unesco World Heritage Site plaque at Botanic Gardens

Hundreds gathering to watch performances in conjunction with the plaque unveiling at the Botanic Gardens on Friday afternoon.
Hundreds gathering to watch performances in conjunction with the plaque unveiling at the Botanic Gardens on Friday afternoon.ST PHOTO: PRISCILLA GOY
An aerial view of the Botanic Gardens.
An aerial view of the Botanic Gardens. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH, MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled the Singapore Botanic Gardens Unesco World Heritage Site plaque on Friday afternoon.

The Gardens was inscribed as Singapore's first Unesco World Heritage Site on July 4 - only the third botanic gardens to get on the list, noted Mr Lee- and the plaque will be installed at the Gardens' Tanglin Gate.

"It's a double joy and a double celebration," said Mr Lee, who thanked all the officials and volunteers who had worked hard to make the award possible.

"One generation plants the trees and the later generation enjoys the shade," he said, quoting a Chinese proverb. He added that in the same way, Singaporeans should nurture and build Singapore for future generations to enjoy.

Mr Lee also officially named the SG50 orchid the Singapore Golden Jubilee, to celebrate the country's 50th year of independence. The pink-and-purple hybrid orchid traces its lineage back to the Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower.

He also launched a series of stamps, featuring icons such as the Gardens' gazebo at the Band Stand, to commemorate the Gardens' Unesco status.

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