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Another reason to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens again soon!

The Singapore Botanic Gardens has launched a new exhibition called Exploring Our World's Heritage. It comes in the wake of its induction as a Unesco World Heritage Site last July.

Visitors will get to learn more about the Unesco World Heritage Convention and the outstanding universal values a site must illustrate to qualify for listing.

This includes being an example of traditional human settlement, being an outstanding example of ongoing ecological or biological processes, or having exceptional beauty.

The Botanic Gardens met two – having a historical landscape, and playing a role in the interchange of human values.

The next section zooms in on the diverse heritage sites within South-east Asia itself. They include the Baroque churches of the Philippines, Thailand's Ban Chiang archaeological site – a prehistoric human settlement – Vietnam's Ha Long Bay seascape of about 1,600 limestone islands and outcrops, and Malaysia's Melaka and George Town.

The free exhibition is parked at the CDL Green Gallery on Holttum Lawn. It starts 12 March and runs till 20 November 2016.

(First published in The Straits Times)