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Stargazing in Singapore
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The best stargazing spots in Singapore

Enjoy a romantic evening under the stars this Valentine's Day

Cam Khalid
Pailin Boonlong
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Cam Khalid
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Pailin Boonlong
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When it comes to alfresco dining and drinking, Singapore’s loaded with a myriad of rooftop barsoutdoor restaurants and beach clubs. Yet, our skyscape is constantly flooded by city lights – whether from Marina Bay Sands or our CBD’s lofty skyscrapers. With February as the month of love, these stargazing spots in Singapore will make for a romantic Valentine’s Day date.

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  • Things to do
  • Jurong East

Don’t dismiss Science Centre solely as a venue for primary school excursions, it’s also a prime stargazing spot with its full-fledged Observatory. There’s even a 40cm mega-telescope for you to look past the artificial illumination of the city. The Observatory is open to the public every third and fourth Friday of the month, priced at $80 per person if you opt for the show with a private stargazing session. You can book here, but it sells out fast - prepare to be placed on the waiting list.

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  • Singapore

As a scenic walk, the Changi Point Coastal Walk doesn’t disappoint – it’s also a hotspot for avid stargazers. While the entire Changi Beach Park is ideal for stargazing on clear nights, it's the newly opened Changi Bay Park Connector that’s sparked our interest. Make sure to check out the 140-metre Changi Bay Point boardwalk – it offers sweeping waterfront views. 

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  • Yishun

Not many venture to the far-flung town of Yishun for a romantic evening. But they’ve got a lesser-known spot that’s ideal for stargazing: Yishun Dam, a picturesque stretch with waterfront views. While it’s next to a main road, head over to nearby Rower’s Bay Park for added tranquillity. It isn’t the most practical spot by public transport – it’ll be best to drive down since there’s also free onsite parking. 

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  • Woodlands

Aptly named Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, this space in the North isn't your typical neighbourhood centre. Besides your usual facilities like badminton courts, events spaces and a gym, it is also home to the Andromeda Observatory which features a 30cm telescope that gives astrophiles the best view into space. With clear skies, you can catch a detailed look of the moon, a glimpse of stars, and if you're lucky, other planets too.

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Upper Seletar Reservoir
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  • Mandai

Situated in the northern part of Singapore, this reservoir park is the perfect place for an evening walk or jog through nature. A highlight of this 15 hectares space is its rocket ship lookout tower which is ace for some stargazing. Burn some calories with a quick cardio workout by climbing up the tower's winding stairs and be awarded with an aerial view of the park's water body, surrounding greenery and the starry sky come night time.

Fort Canning Park
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  • City Hall

This is about as central as stargazing gets in Singapore: Fort Canning Park, right smack-bang in the middle of town. While this hilltop park is flanked by Clarke Quay and Orchard Road - both undeniably lit-up districts – you wouldn’t expect stars to shine brightly as they do here.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Tanglin

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are a tranquil respite from the city buzz. It's considered to be the least light-polluted place in Singapore, where you can simultaneously soak in nature and starry views. For added romance, make sure to wander through the open fields by the Eco Lake, Symphony Lake, Swan Lake and the Bandstand too. 

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  • Bishan

As one of the largest heartland parks in Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is often filled with your usual park-goers: cyclists, joggers, and families during the day. But come nightfall, the park quietens and the skies turn pitch-black – or at least, as dark as they’ll get while being in the middle of  Singapore. Most will head over to the area near McDonald’s and the Kallang River to perfect their astrophotography skills. 

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Labrador Nature Reserve
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  • Harbourfront

Part of the Southern Ridges, the park contains the only rocky sea cliff in Singapore, and offers a panoramic view of the sea and cliffside vegetation. It's also tucked away from the city buzz, giving you the sweet, sweet tranquillity you need to accompany your space lookout. If you hear songs of a variety of bird species, including the Oriental Magpie-robin and Black-naped Oriole, don't be alarmed – they call Labrador Nature Reserve home. 

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  • Punggol

Located in a peaceful area in the northeastern part of Singapore, this park offers four unique themes with something in store for visitors of all ages. For a good view of the midnight sky, skip the green spaces and head down to the Rope Bridge and Kelong Bridge where you get a picturesque view of the park and more.

The night is young

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