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Where to watch the sunrise in Singapore

The sun never fails to rise each day for us, the least we could do is wake up early every once in awhile to admire it

Gardens by the bay, sunrise
Photo: Kokkai Ng
By Tiffany Chow, Eliza Juliet Tay and Jude Elliot Tan |

There are 365 (sometimes 366) days in a year to watch the sunrise. For all the days you have had school, work, or simply just didn’t want to wake up early, now is your chance to make up for it. Gather your friends, loved ones, or pets, and head over to these spots in Singapore to see the glowing ball of fire grow. Don’t forget to pack your camera and tripod to document this rare occasion – not the sunrise, but waking up that early!

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Marina Barrage, sunrise
Photo: Matthew Ng
Things to do

Marina Barrage

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With a 360º view of the bay area, and the park being open 24 hours daily, you have the opportunity to arrive as early as you want to catch the mystifying sun rise over the city skyline. Whether you set up a picnic mat, or simply want to sit on the benches, you are guaranteed a spectacular view of the open sky peppered with a kite or two.

Photo: @matthew77ask

Things to do

Fort Canning Park

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For that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or more specifically… that beautiful sunrise at the top of the hill, venture to one of Singapore’s most historical landmarks to make history of your own. Hike up this 48 metre high hill - once ruled by Malay royalty - at about 7.05am to create your very own sun-filled memory.

Jelutong campsite, Pulau Ubin
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Things to do

Pulau Ubin

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When was your last trip to Pulau Ubin? If it has been eons ago, then you’d best revisit the offshore island, where nature’s bounty is teeming and Singapore’s last kampong houses stand. As bumboat rides to the island are available as early as 530am, beginning the day with the sunrise is possible. Upon reaching the island, walk along the sandy beaches towards the Jelutong Campsite from jetty. You’ll be gifted with the sun’s glory.

Woodlands Waterfront Park
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Woodlands Waterfront Park

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It’s not just the convenience of crossing the causeway to Johor Bahru that the residents of Woodlands get the boast of. There’s also the Woodlands Waterfront Park that the Northern part of Singapore cherishes like a gem. With soaring views of the Straits of Johor, the 11-hectare park offers a scenic trail where early risers can fit it a morning stroll, while watching a glorious sunrise from the jetty.

Things to do

Mount Faber Park

While Bukit Timah Hill has claimed the title of the tallest hill in Singapore, it is without the blessing of offering phenomenal sunrise views like the way its stumpier sister Mount Faber can. Scale the hill either by driving or power walking to its peak before 7am to catch the sun ascends from the cityscape horizon.

Things to do, Walks and tours

Kranji Reservoir Park

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In Kranji Reservoir Park, you’ll find a memorial plaque that pays tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Kranji during World War II. Aside from savouring this morsel of Singapore’s history, visitors can soak up the nature-related revelry offered in the park, such as picnics on the wide-open fields and fishing at designated areas. And of course, early-risers can also catch sight of the gorgeous sunrise, where the best spot for viewing is somewhere near the Kranji Dam.

Sembawang Park, sunrise
Photo: Matthew Ng
Attractions, Beaches

Sembawang Park

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Head to the rim of the waters at the end of Sembawang Park and take your photo with the metal cranes in the background. Alternatively, walk along the beach for the classic sun-over-the-horizon shot. 

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Tangjong Rhu

Tanjong Rhu

Here’s an obscure spot to catch the sunrise: Tanjong Rhu, or more specifically, the less trodden promenade that trails under the ECP and faces directly opposite Costa Rhu condominium. While it limits your exploration, the body of water, which stands in between the promenade and Costa Rhu, offers a dazzling reflection of the sun when it peeks out from hiding. It is truly a sublime view you should definitely capture on your phone.

Lower Seletar Reservoir, sunrise
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Things to do

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

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Walk to the end of Heritage Bridge and, if the moon’s in alignment, you might even capture it beside the sun – no that spot isn’t dust on your lens. Or take your photos from the jetties near PA Water-Venture – there, you’ll be able to add elements to the image such as a boat and jetty. 

Photo: @victormakw

Attractions, Beaches

East Coast Park

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It’s easy to tell whether a picture is of the sunrise or sunset at East Coast Park: facing the sea, the sun rises on your left and sets on your right. For the best views, either go down the Bedok jetty or park yourself on the breakwater near carpark F2.

How to enjoy your early day out