Pictures say a thousand words
Singapore may not have the four seasons or any of the seven wonders of the world, but there are some seriously Instagram-worthy places right here. You just have to know where to find them.
If you liked last year’s edition, this year we’ve compiled even more incredible places for your next photo adventure. Armed with our new LUMIX GF7 camera, our TSL team @tippytoess and @chaverry spent the week traversing the island to bring you the best Instagram locations in town!
Be sure to check out the amazing giveaway at the end!
Table of Contents
- Pictures say a thousand words
- 1. Lim Chu Kang Jetty
- 2. Gillman Barracks
- 3. Sports Hub
- 4. Punggol Waterway Tree
- 5. Chinese and Japanese Gardens
- 6. People’s Park Complex
- 7. Raffles Marina Lighthouse
- 8. Railway Bridges
- 9. Helix Bridge
- 10. IKEA
- 11. Library@Orchard
- 12. Henderson Waves
- 13. Orchard Gateway Bridge
- 14. CHIJMES
- 15. Marina Barrage
- 16. National Museum of Singapore
- 17. MCI Building
- 18. Toa Payoh Dragon Playground
- 19. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
- 20. Public Transport
- Most Instagrammable Places in Singapore
- Win a Lumix GF7 and Create New Memories!
- How to Win Your Very Own Lumix GF7! [Promotion has ended]
1. Lim Chu Kang Jetty
UPDATE: This place is no longer open to the public. Trespassers will be arrested.
This is possibly one of the oldest and most rickety jetties in Singapore and incredibly picturesque. Tucked away at the very end of Lim Chu Kang Road, it makes for a great insta-adventure! If you’re not content just watching the world go by, hop on one of the little kelongs and fishing boats lying around.
Directions: Take bus 975 to Lim Chu Kang Ter, then walk to the very end of the road.
2. Gillman Barracks
This secret hipster hangout is home to art galleries. Appreciate art exhibitions and take your next Instagram picture in this little explored part of Singapore.
Nearest Bus Stop: Along Alexandra Road or Opposite Alexandra Point (Bus Stop Number 15059)
Available Buses: 51, 57, 61, 83, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963E
Walking Directions from Bus Stop:
- Turn left as you alight from the bus and walk along Alexandra Road.
- Turn right into Malan Road.
3. Sports Hub
The newly-opened Singapore Sports Hub is a sea of red and white, great for vibrant pictures. Remember to bring your wide-angle lens along! There’s also a colorful track that runs along the perimeter of the stadium.
4. Punggol Waterway Tree
October 2015 Update: R.I.P Instagram tree. Lighting has not been kind to it, and it doesn’t look like this anymore.
This is the most popular tree on Instagram. A favourite of wedding photographers, you probably know some couple friends who shot their pre-wedding pictures here. Here is us using the special jump shot mode on our lumix camera to capture this picture.
Directions: This tree is along Punggol Waterway, on the end of SAFRA construction site closer to Damai MRT station. Map here.
5. Chinese and Japanese Gardens
The Chinese and Japanese Gardens are well-loved for their expansive green lawns. The view of Jurong Lake in the background adds that extra touch, making it ideal for landscape photography. The twin pagodas by the waterside should be on everyone’s Instagram bucket list!
Directions: Alight from Chinese Garden MRT station and follow the path all the way into the Chinese Garden. Turn right at the T-junction after crossing over the lake, and keep right until you reach the pagodas.
6. People’s Park Complex
People’s Park Complex is perfect for outfit shots – it has a large concrete carpark and a striking yellow facade. Most photos are taken against the building or next to a “To Lift Lobby” sign. It’s delightfully retro, capturing a taste of the past in the midst of bustling, historic Chinatown.
Directions: It’s right next to Chinatown MRT station, but you’ll want to head to the carpark behind the building.
7. Raffles Marina Lighthouse
Yes, that’s Malaysia in the background! The lighthouse is part of Raffles Marina, which means there are also expensive boats to photograph.
Directions: The lighthouse is within Raffles Marina. It’s right at the end of the pier.
8. Railway Bridges
Directions: Good news – there are two bridges. One can be found near Rail Mall, the other near King Albert Park.
9. Helix Bridge
The Helix Bridge is just as its name suggests – an intricate structure with beautiful views of the Singapore waterfront. Head to the viewing platforms for stills of the Marina Bay area, but don’t forget the bridge, which deserves some Instagram-love as well!
Directions: One end of the bridge leads to Marina Bay Sands, the other to somewhere near Marina Barrage. Map here.
Disclaimer: The above picture is apparently in an unauthorised area as one of our fans were chased away.
IKEA is a 2-in-1 location – you can run errands and update your Instagram at the same time. With so many different showrooms, you’re spoilt for choice. Pose outside in front of the iconic yellow and blue walls or put your best foot forward in the self-collection area.
Directions: library@orchard, contrary to its name, is nearer to Somerset MRT. It’s on the third and fourth levels of Orchard Gateway.
12. Henderson Waves
Henderson Waves is the ultimate lepak place. Laze around with your friends and enjoy the scenery. Just don’t skateboard down the bridge. The last time I was there, I witnessed two falls in as many hours.
Directions: You can go directly to the Waves from Aft Telok Blangah Hts, but don’t be lazy – it’s an easy walk from VivoCity.
13. Orchard Gateway Bridge
Orchard Gateway is the most confusing shopping centre ever, but there’s a cool new bridge that joins orchardgateway and orchardgateway@emerald. Walking along the bridge feels like you’re walking in a futuristic bubble.
Directions: Alight from Somerset MRT. You can cross the road, go into Crate&Barrel and take the escalator up or head to the second floor of Orchard Gateway via Orchard Central.
Directions: CHIJMES is opposite Raffles City and a short distance from City Hall MRT station.
15. Marina Barrage
Directions: You can take a bus to the Marina Barrage bus stop, or alight at Bayfront MRT station and walk through Gardens by the Bay.
16. National Museum of Singapore
For a whiter feed, look no further – colonial architecture aside, the many white walls of the National Museum are perfect for an #ootd #wiwt #fashion #photooftheday picture. Bold colours stand out against the white walls, or you could match the decor by going monochrome. Either way, you’ll look #fabulous!
Directions: Bras Basah is the nearest MRT station to the National Museum of Singapore. Take a shortcut through SMU or walk along Queen Street and Stamford Road.
17. MCI Building
Rainbow cakes, rainbow ponies, rainbow unicorns – what about a picture of a rainbow building? The building currently houses MCI, but it used to be a police station. Either way, it’s colourful, cheerful and makes you want to whip out your camera for a quick snap of its 927 shutters.
Directions: The nearest MRT station is Clarke Quay. Walk along Eu Tong Sen Street, cross Coleman Bridge and you’re there!
18. Toa Payoh Dragon Playground
Treat yourself to a walk down memory lane at this playground. Popular during the 90s, there are only a few such left. A picture of a kid (or yourself) having fun among such vibrant surroundings is a welcome addition to any Instagram feed.
Directions: The Dragon Playground is along Toa Payoh Lorong 6. Alight from Opp Toa Payoh Stadium and walk in the opposite direction from the stadium and the swimming complex.
19. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Chinatown is vibrant, historic and a prime location for stunning photographs. The largest and most striking of all buildings is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, where you can find Tang dynasty-inspired architecture, Buddha’s tooth relic and seriously photogenic backgrounds.
Directions: From Chinatown MRT station, walk down Pagoda Street, then turn right on South Bridge Road. The temple is on your right after the turn in to Ann Siang Hill.
20. Public Transport
The best photographers are the ones who see beauty in everything. They see colours and patterns that don’t exist to the untrained eye. And there’s nowhere more evident of that then in our humble transport system.
The next time you’re on a train during rush hour, forget about playing Candy Crush. You might just be in an excellent position to take your next Instagram picture!
Most Instagrammable Places in Singapore
And if you don’t have a camera, we’ve got great news for you! Thanks to our friends at Panasonic Singapore, we’re running an amazing giveaway for you to take part in!
Win a Lumix GF7 and Create New Memories!
Unless otherwise credited, all the pictures in this article were taken by us with the new LUMIX DMC-GF7, retailing at $699. It’s an all-rounded compact camera that fits sleekly in your bag. It was convenient bringing it around Singapore on our Instagram adventures and its retro-design makes for a stylish companion.
It’s perfect for recording your adventures – be it in Singapore or around the world. Be sure to check out the visuals taken with the camera from Christabel’s latest trip to Taiwan.
Those interested in vlogging will also enjoy the HD-quality video recording feature, and how easily it can be uploaded on Youtube. Lastly, their “No Password” Wi-Fi connectivity lets you speedily transfer your photos to your phone and share them with friends instantaneously. It’s easy to share your adventures with the Instagram world in real time!
And it’s now time to win your very own LUMIX DMC-GF7 retailing at $699! We have not just one, but three cameras up for grabs!
How to Win Your Very Own Lumix GF7! [Promotion has ended]
We’re giving away THREE LUMIX GF7 cameras thanks to @Panasonic Singapore! Here are the two simple steps to win:
- Like and share this Facebook post by 2nd June 2015.
- Comment below that same Facebook post, naming a key function of the new Panasonic LUMIX GF7 camera.
That’s it! It is THAT EASY! There are THREE cameras up for grabs!
So head over to this Facebook post right away for your chance to win!
Good luck everyone!
Also check out:
- Comprehensive list of things to do in Singapore
- Free things to do in Singapore
- Unconventional experiences in S’pore
- Things to do along the Thomson-East Coast MRT line
- Urban farms in SG
This post was brought to you by Panasonic Singapore.
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