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Inside the Bayan Palace Botanical Gardens

Some of you might not know this but the Bayan Palace has a botanical garden inside. It was designed by Dutch architect Peter van der Toorn Vrijthoff from the firm ALLDESIGN, and it was officially opened in 2015.

The botanical garden is composed of 3 large glasshouses containing 6 different gardens with 4 different climate zones and exhibiting tropical, dry, Mediterranean and European plants. It’s one of the main attractions for official state visitors and until a couple of years ago, was actually open to the public.

I passed by for the first time back in 2016, and looking at my notes from my visit it seems I had mixed feelings about the place. The garden was smaller than it looked but it was still pretty interesting with most of the exotic plants inside labeled with their names. One thing I didn’t like about the place was the limited accessibility; the gardens were only open to the public on Thursdays, from 9AM to 1PM. So if you had a day job you wouldn’t be able to visit the gardens unless you took time off work.

For reasons unknown to me, the botanical garden closed to the public a couple of years ago and hasn’t opened again since. I even passed by last week to double check and it was indeed still closed.

If you’ve never been to the gardens before, check out my post on Instagram where I have more photos up plus a couple while it was still under construction @248am.

You can also follow the botanical gardens instagram account to be notified once/if they reopen again @botanicalgardenkw

3 replies on “Inside the Bayan Palace Botanical Gardens”

Such a random project in a random place. Looks like it was built on someone’s whim and then abandoned and left to survive on the kindness of strangers.

All the trees are probably dead by now. No maintenance budget from whatever ministry responsible for it. Typical.

where do you come up with such absurd shit? the gardens are at Bayan Palace, they are not abandoned or “left to survive on the kindness of strangers”. I don’t understand some of you, just hating to hate, please stop commenting here and spread your lies to your followers on Facebook. thanks you’re blocked.

I always wanted to visit the place but it has been impossible to get in even with knowing some people at the top.

We wait patiently and see, hopefully one day.

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