The Most Instagrammable Places in Singapore
Singapore is a both a country and a city—an island that is just a little larger than the District of Colombo (Sri Lanka) or metropolitan London. From ultra-modern architecture to Stunning greenery intermixed with a taste of both the East and west, Singapore seems to have it all.
With its compactness comes its advantages: for a would-be traveler, this presents a unique opportunity- you can hop from one destination to another in a matter of hours with the texture and atmosphere completely transforming from one another. One moment you might be strolling down next to a Hindu Kovil, and then hop on a metro underground to go visit a futuristic art center, and then move onto a nature park with a Mediterranean climate - now that's something you don't get the opportunity to do everyday.
Singapore is one of the most uber modern countries we have ever visited. Given its land constraints, the compact nation had no choice but to adopt a high-density development program – but approached it in a novel way. The planners of Singapore use innovative design concepts to reduce that feeling of density and claustrophobia (especially in a tightly packed city) by creating the illusion of space. They do that by using “green” and “blue” elements - Namely parks,rivers, and ponds to add a "breathing space" amid the sprawling modern city . No wonder it uses this concept is called a garden city.
For the prospective traveler, Singapore offers a wide selection of destinations within easy reach - there are so many unique destinations to choose from. From seafront café’s to sprawling modern parks , everything is close at hand. You can find multiple cultures coexisting and forming the fabric of Singapore adding a distinct flair unseen anywhere.
With the entire city having many may individual places to see – making it an Instagrammers dream destination. But in terms of their Instagrammable locations, you can (sometimes) be overwhelmed. A simple search can generate over 335,000 results – which can be a bit daunting to sort and process – and more importantly, to adjust into your travel itinerary.
Which of these spots are truly Instagram worthy?, and which warrant a visit -especially if you’re on a tight schedule. Well, this guide will help to sort out some of the more important locations that you MUST HAVE while exploring the garden city.
Gardens by the Bay (Supertree Grove)
Situated next to the Marina reservoir, the gardens by the bay are a technical marvel. Spanning an incredible 250 acres, the Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic nature park that looks like an urban utopia. It is one of Singapore’s most popular and showcase attractions that has been universally recognized with numerous awards and accolades. You can read more about it here.
The artificial modern “trees” at the Gardens by the Bay are known as Supertrees. Of the 18 Supertrees, 12 of them can be found at the Supertree Grove, with the tallest one measuring up to 16 storeys in height – the structures themselves are home to a multitude of flora species of more than 162,900 plants consisting of more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns, and tropical flowering climbers.
The cloud forest is one of the two domed conservatories in the gardens by the bay. It is the biggest glass greenhouse in the world, and has the second tallest man-made waterfall in the world – only ousted recently by the new Jewel Changi Airport(conservatory). It is impossible to just rush through the Cloud Forest with all its tropical splendors, and you will need at least an hour and a half to enjoy the exhibits in its multiple levels.
The art science building looks like a sculpture in it’ own – and takes the form of a giant lotus flower. The innovative nature does not stop there - and the structure is pretty “green” as the center of it collects and recycles rainwater.
At the Art Science center you will find multiple exhibitions and exhibits that offer about 16 unique art installations, each of them is not just a playful burst of fantasy, but a great photo spot on its own. The exhibits include a digital waterfall with a myriad of flowers in the background, and the room with 170,000 LED lights.- the Crystal Univers, ( which is by far the most popular attraction) with thousands of strings of LED “crystals” hanging down the ceiling and changing colors ever few seconds.
Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that connects Marina Centre with Marina South, and is designed to represent a strand of DNA. The bridge becomes especially Instgrammable if you visit at night, when all the lights come on and create a special visual experience for pedestrians walking the bridge.
If you’re trying to walk around Singapore it also offers some shade thanks to the colored canopies that are fitted in the double helix.
The Singapore Flyer is a giant ferris wheel, that offers plenty of Instagram photo opportunities, regardless of whether you actually go for a ride on the Ferris wheel or not. We didn’t have the opportunity to go on the flyer itself, but you can have some magnificent shots of the flyer from atop the Skydeck and from the gardens by the bay.
Old Hill Street Police Station
Having to visit a police station sounds a bit odd and not too welcoming however the Old Hill Street Police Station in Singapore has a well-deserved spot when sightseeing around the city of Singapore. the Former Hill Street Police Station is prominently located at the junction of Hill Street and River Valley Road. Today, the 83-year-old building houses the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
The rainbow-colored window blinds stand out against the white building and make it the perfect backdrop for an Instagram photo. This can be a tricky place to take a photo since there is both an intersection AND there are many people whom will be trying to take a photo with the building as the backdrop.
Just next to the old police station you can find access to the colorful port side of Clarke quay. Clarke Quay is famous for its stunning waterside restaurants and exciting collection of bars and clubs, but the area has so much more to offer. Walking along the embankments along to the quay is extra rewarding , and you get a unique view of traffic both on the road and on the river passing each other over and under, all the while under the gaze if the modern marina bay sands hotel.
The Singapore River lies at the heart of Clarke Quay, providing the central artery for this area’s thriving nightlife scene. However, the river offers visitors much more than just a picturesque spot to come for food and drinks. Boat tours are available that cruise up and down the entire length of the river, taking advantage of all the interesting sights along the way, and ending up in Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and eventually the Marina Bay.
Arab Street or Haji lane
Haji Lane is perhaps synonymous as one of the hip and uber cool hotspots you can visit while exploring the cityscape of Singapore. With is colorful wall art, vibrant shopping boutiques and street front cafes, it surely is one of the must see places you should visit once at Singapore. You can read more about it here.
There are colorful street art and wall murals almost everywhere along haji Lane - especially along the Arab lane. It provides a stunning backdrop for that perfect picture, incorporating both hip and modernism with the heritage city houses in a single take. One of the best places to see these vibrant works of art is at Ophir Road.
ParkRoyal on Pickering Hotel
known now as PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore, this is a luxury hotel located in the Central Area of Singapore. Designed to be a "hotel-in-a-garden", The Parkroyal on Pickering features extensive greenery, including green walls, water features and tiered sky gardens that give it a unique look , even from the distinctive Singapore skyline.
The bridges that span the busy roads of Singapore are a visual delight to behold, with many covered in greenery and budding flowers. You will find them all throughout the city but we found some of the best ones near the Old police station and one right next to china town.
If you take the MRT to Chinatown, this bridge is right on top of it at the intersection of New Bridge Road and Pagoda Street. Perfect for a truly deserving Instagram shot!
Chinatown is a lot different to some of the other touristy areas. Not looking as pristine as the other parts of the city centre, it still has its own charm. Chinatown in Singapore is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city, with low rise buildings and culture bursting out onto the streets, from the fragrant smells of traditional cuisine to the bold red and gold tones that run through the neighborhood.
This is an area that’s proud of its heritage and has it very much on display. There are ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museums galore and plenty of opportunities to soak up the bustling streets lined with old shophouses.
Sands Skypark Observation Deck
Located on the roof of The Marina Bay Sands hotel, the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck boasts stunning scenic views of Marina Bay and Singapore’s stunning cityscape. The View is really impressive when if you visit the Skydeck in the evening, with the city coming alive with lights and the darkening sky.
and who can forget Universal studios!
Singapore’s only movie-theme park features many rides and attractions, including Stylized themed stets that offer near perfect photo locations. Whichever land you find yourself in while exploring, Universal Studios Singapore will be an unforgettable day of thrilling adventures and movie magic.
Universal Studios Singapore is located on Sentosa Island and you will need to reach the island to access the theme park. In each area throughout the park, you can find groups of cute cartoon characters in costume and fantastic shows. Don’t forget to check the timeline and show schedule as they change their locations and availabilities throughout the day.
And the S.E.A Aquarium
The S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island is a marine wonderland and a thrilling experience to witness firsthand. The S.E.A. Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 marine animals and is one of the world’s largest aquariums, and has been a favorite destination of any traveler whose destination would be Singapore. Watching the rays float by and sharks circle in the tanks is something straight out of a wildlife documentary and an experience that you will not forget ever!