I like to keep an eye on the new sites that UNESCO designates as World Heritage. My bucket list is so long a few more entries can’t harm it. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites combine my passions of travel and history so when there’s a new one named, I’m straight into the books to find out why and its significance. Here are some of the new ones for 2015 to learn about:
1. Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore
Among the new UNESCO sites for 2015, Singapore enters the World Heritage list for a first time with the inclusion of the country's 183-acre botanic garden in Singapore City center. Founded by the British in 1859, who wanted to conduct trials on a variety of crops, the gardens today boasts trees the English tested nearly 150 years ago for their timber quality. The garden still serves as a research and scientific facility to this day. In addition, the site houses the National Orchid Garden, which boasts 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. Both gardens are popular meeting places, staying open from 5.00 am to midnight 365 days of the year. Only the National Orchid Garden charges admission, the Botanic Garden is free to visitors.