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Top 10 Instagrammable Spots in Singapore

By July 04, 2017 , , ,

Singapore may be small but it certainly has its fair share of unique locations, some well known and others a bit off the beaten path. In my three years of living in Singapore, I have really enjoyed exploring hidden and not-so-hidden spots on this island and then documenting them on the blog. Here's a list of what I consider the top 10 "instagrammable" locations in Singapore. Whether you're a resident or a tourist, you're sure to enjoy checking out these interesting locations...and in this Instagram generation, isn't it just as much about getting some interesting shots against cool backdrops?

1. Bukit Timah Railway/Green Corridor:  An old abandoned railroad cutting through a heritage nature trail? Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it! Make your way out there to escape the downtown cityscapes for a lush green nature walk and for some dramatic shots against a railroad track.

2.  Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY): This building is hard to miss with its rainbow-colored doors and windows. If you happen to be at Clarke Quay, you can easily hop across the street to check out this building and capture a few poses in front of a door of your favorite color!

3. Lim Chu Kang Jetty/Bollywood Veggies: Admittedly out of the way and not your usual hangout spot, this place essentially counts as the Singapore "countryside". Lim Chu Kang is an old wooden jetty where many local fisherman come to collect clams and also start their fishing expedition for the day. The place has significance because it was thereabouts that the Japanese invaded Singapore during World War II. Just a short walking distance is Bollywood Veggies, a charming self-sustaining farm that grows its own produce (also great for photo-taking!).

4. Helix Bridge: Nestled between the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Esplanade, and the ArtScience Museum, the Helix Bridge may be easy to miss. However, the design and architectural features of this bridge made to resemble the DNA helix structure will pique your interest...well, enough for you to pull out your iPhone and take a few shots at least!

5. Henderson Waves Bridge: A unique pedestrian bridge made to mimic an undulating wave. Get here stat for spectacular views against a funky backdrop!

6. Chijmes: Think Gothic arches and breezy passageways! Located in the heart of the city, Chijmes is a historical building with a story to tell. Originally a 19th century Gothic-style chapel, Chijmes was eventually converted into a commercial space with restaurants. Despite that, it's still a charming place to capture lovely photos.

7. Haji Lane: Well known among the locals but not usually on the tourist map unless you tell them, this little lane is super quaint with its boutiques, cafes, and graffiti art. Definitely a place with character with plenty of photo-ops!

8. Yip Yew Chong's Murals: Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong has several murals around town depicting scenes from his childhood days. His murals portray simple scenes from everyday life, evoking a sense of nostalgia of Singapore from decades ago. Check out his murals in Tiong Bahru and Everton Road to capture something a bit different from the usual.

9. Chinese Garden Pagoda: Take a walk through this park in Jurong and you'll find classical pagodas, ponds, and a turtle museum. Undoubtedly, the most picturesque spot is the 7-tier Chinese pagoda itself. Whether you get a shot of it from the outside or take one from inside the stairwell looking down, you're sure to get many Instagram likes!

10. Marina Barrage: Sitting atop a hill overlooking the vast sea on one side and the impressive Singapore skyline on the other, there is definitely a 'wow' factor to this location. I love bringing my son here for kite-flying due to perfect windy conditions year round!

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