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The most Instagram-worthy places in Singapore

Anything for Instagram we say! Capture these spots in Singapore to brighten up your feed and rake in the likes

By Eliza Juliet Tay and Kristie Teo |
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Gardens By The Bay

Congratulations, we are now the 10th most Instagrammable country in the worldHeck, we even filled a full blockbuster Hollywood movie with our scenic spots (we're looking at you, Crazy Rich Asians). With plenty of street artlandmarks and iconic buildings, Singapore definite has some dazzling spots that'll make anyone #jelly of your feed.

And though we're a small island, you might really have to go travelling all four corners of the island looking around for some of the best Insta-worthy spots. We've got a couple of spots to mark off your list – there's a lot more pretty spots than just the Marina Bay area! 

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Bugis Haji Lane Kampong Glam

Haji Lane

Need a interesting shot? Step into Haji Lane for a pop of colour. Located in Kampong Glam, this hipster street lined with indie cafes and boutiques is a haven for those who are looking for a vibrant background. The dynamic murals along the narrow path create picture-worthy moments at every corner – perfect for an instagrammable OOTD. 

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Marina Barrage

Marina Bay

With a breathtaking 360º view of the bay area, there are near endless opportunities for a good angled photo. Frequented by people flying colourful kites, having a picnic, or on a stroll, the compound is a perfect place for family fun. The expansive rooftop lawn with views of the city skyline and the open sea on both ends of the barrage, there is no excuse not to capture it all in a panoramic shot.

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Bukit Timah Railway Station

Bukit Timah

Bukit Timah Railway Station is a conserved building that has been accessible to the public since September 2011 and has also been one of the more iconic photos taken by Singaporeans. The station’s colonial architecture and iron bridge gives a rustic and nostalgic feel despite the railway being in the midst of a cosmopolitan city. Those who visit the area can stand, sit, and even lie down to pose at the entrance of the bridge without fear of oncoming trains.

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Hindhede Nature Park

Bukit Panjang

You might have to sweat from the stroll through the park but the main highlight of course is the picturesque and majestic Hindhede Quarry. Granite mining in the quarry took place in the 1900s and ended in the 1980s. Since then, it's been filled naturally with rainwater and groundwater. Located deep in Bukit Timah, this is an Instagram opportunity you might have to travel for but hey, with that view, no one is complaining.  

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 House of Tan Teng Niah

House of Tan Teng Niah

Other than the colourful peranakan houses at Joo Chiat, or the vibrant murals at Haji Lane, the House of Tan Teng Niah is another great photo stop for a pop of colour on your feed. Built in 1990, and conserved in the 1980s, the former house of Tan Teng Niah is located in Little India is one of last Chinese villas left. Not only does it hold an interesting history, but it also provides a colourful background for insta-worthy photos.

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Capitol Theatre

City Hall

Most commonly captured from the front of the building,  Capitol Theatre is one of the newer instagram worthy spots in Singapore. The neon red and blue sign against the white building makes the place easy to spot in the day and night.

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Mandai Connection

The 360º spiral car park creates an aesthetically pleasing monochromatic image that can be captured at all angles. With a big open space in the middle, you are sure to get a good shot when the sunlight streams in creating highlights and shadows.

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Marina Square
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Marina Square

Though it is meant to be an emergency exit, this labyrinth-like rooftop area has a unique design that provides insta-worthy shots when taken from above which makes you look like you are trapped in a maze. With narrow pathways painted white, all corners and turns in this stairwell that seemingly needs to nowhere creates a mystifying illusion. The staircase may be hard to find, but let’s hope the maze has an exit!

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People's Park Complex
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People's Park Complex

Chinatown

The mighty People’s Park Complex is a mustard-coloured monolith in the skyline of Chinatown. Besides old shops and massage parlours, the open-air rooftop carpark is a popular spot for photos. Gritty and industrial, if you want to up your street cred, you know where to go.  

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Helix Bridge

The Helix

Situated at the entrance of the Marina Bay Waterfront, right in between Marina Bay Sands and the floating platform, The Helix bridge makes for definitely a good picture spot to capture and soak in the Singapore skyline. Come by in the evening and watch as the bridge double-helix structure illuminates against the night sky by a series of lights.

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Gardens by the bay
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Cloud Forest

Enter into the mysterious misty tropical highlands as you explore the diverse flora and vegetation, venture through the Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk and stare in awe at the world's tallest indoor waterfall at 35 metres high. Explore around the cool-moist dome and create your own interpretation for a picturesque photograph as the lights bounce off the waterfall and surrounding lush greenery.

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Bars and pubs

CÉ LA VI

Marina Bay

While most people are familiar with the extraordinary view of Singapore's skyline offered at MBS's infinity pool, you can also catch it at the rooftop bar CÉ LA VI Singapore, right next to the pool, without having to be a hotel guest. Offering both amazing views of the Gardens by the Bay and Marina Barrage on one side, and the city skyline on the other, CÉ LA VI offers a bird's eye view of the heart of Singapore and promises some gorgeous photographs as you chat the night away with friends and sip on your drink of choice. 

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ArtScience Museum
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ArtScience Museum

Marina Bay

Watch as art and science come together in the form of digital exhibits and interesting showcases here at the ArtScience Museum, to counter the ‘conceptual barriers erected between the artistic and scientific communities’. Get futuristic with those shots!

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National Gallery Singapore

City Hall

Maintaining a balance between heritage and modern architecture, the refurbished former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings forming the National Gallery is truly a sight to behold as it represents both Singapore's past and present. Its historical architecture is definitely a must to capture, see and feel for yourself when you visit Singapore. If visual art is your cup of tea, head on inside and take a stroll through the collections of work on display that changes on a rotational basis every few months.

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Chijmes
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Chijmes

City Hall

Located right in the beating heart of City Hall, this well-preserved and gorgeous white 19th-century chapel takes you back in time to its historical days. Snap a few Instagram worthy shots here to leave your friends guessing where you've been.

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10 Traditional Trades of Little India by Psyfool

Little India

Enter into this vibrant ethnic district of colourful sights, chattering sounds and the most spiced grub you'll find here in Singapore. Little India is bursting with life and bohemian character, making you forget that you're still here on our tiny island. Look out for these colourful buildings around the area that would definitely look good for the 'gram.

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Bugis Concrete Spiral Staircase
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Bugis

Hidden somewhere in the back alleys of traditional shophouses along Rochor Road, these hidden colourful concrete spiral staircases stand out like a sore thumb, making anyone who passes them do a double take before whipping out their cameras for a shot. The pops of colour bring a new lease of life to the old shophouses, changing up the traditional architecture to keep it relevant yet retaining its charm.
                                                                                       
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Joo Chiat

Joo Chiat Road

Located at the eastern side of Singapore, Joo Chiat is a quaint vibrant neighbourhood recognised by their colonial bungalows and pastel coloured two-storey Peranakan style heritage shophouses. Take an afternoon to explore around Joo Chiat and catch glimpses of what still remains in this area after the war. 

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Upper Seletar Reservoir

Mandai

Situated in the northern part of Singapore, this reservoir park is the perfect place for an evening walk or jog through nature. It's a little bit out of the way, but its worth the distance. Stroll along the park's water body whilst taking in the calming silence of the surrounding forestry and snap a few photos as the evening sun lights up the sky in vibrant orange and red hues, reflecting across the lake.

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MacRitchie Reservoir
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MacRitchie Reservoir

Central Water Catchment

Singapore’s oldest and most popular nature park is a haven for joggers, families and weekend strollers. A highlight of the reservoir is the HSBC TreeTop Walk, a suspension bridge positioned 25 metres above the forest floor connecting the two highest points in the reserve, offering splendid panoramic views. Whether be it crossing the suspension bridge or strolling alongside the waters, there are plenty of Instagrammable spots located throughout the park waiting to be discovered. 

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Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Jurong East

The Chinese and Japanese Gardens are mini islands that sit in Jurong Lake, connected to each other by the Bridge of Double Beauty. One of the best times to visit the gardens is during Chinese New Year (usually January or February) and the Mid-Autumn Festival (September or October), where the gardens are lit up at night like a fairyland by hundreds of beautiful and ornate paper lanterns. Pop by for a nature trail but also take a few Insta-worthy shots while you're at it.

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Punggol Waterway Park

Punggol

Located in a quiet, tranquil residential district in the northeastern part of Singapore, Punggol Waterway Park is perfect for individuals, families, and couples of all ages. Admire the views from the Rope Bridge and Kelong Bridge as the sun begins to set across the horizon.

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The White Rabbit
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The Rabbit Hole

Tanglin

The chic outdoor bar at The White Rabbit lets you unwind in the lush greenery of Dempsey. With animal-themed topiary, it screams Alice in Wonderland vibes, complete with a hole-in-the-wall-looking like an entrance into a hidden magical garden. Head on down this evening for some light drinks as well as the picturesque surroundings. 

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Central Fire Station
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Central Fire Station

City Hall

We know you're probably wondering why would the Central Fire Station be on this list. This red and white Central Fire Station was completed in 1908 (and is still in use), has a watchtower and living quarters for firemen. Head on down on Saturday mornings when the fire station is open to the public and capture your own photo interpretations.

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Old Hill Street Police Station
Photo: Eugene Lim/Flickr

Old Hill Street Police Station

Another unexpected Insta-worthy spot, the rainbow coloured window frames across the entire building front makes it so eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing to look at. Snap a photo of it as you pass by this heritage gem.
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The Pinnacle @Duxton
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The Pinnacle@Duxton Skybridge

Tanjong Pagar

The Pinnacle@Duxton, located off Chinatown, is the first condominium-inspired public housing of its kind. While it is a private residence, the towers' 50th-floor sky garden is open public for a $5 entrance fee. Note that only 200 outsiders a day are allowed to enter and there are no toilets on this floor. Be sure to check the quota left for the public today and how to purchase tickets before heading down to try and get some stunning views of Singapore skyline.

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Tampines St 41 Blk 417

This has got to be one of the cutest building art we've seen and it's located in the far east of the Tampines neighbourhood. This nostalgic piece of analogue art on the HDB block brings back some old memories of when we used to see this on our television screens late at night.
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