Singapore Photography Places – The Ultimate Guide

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the ultimate guide for Singapore photography places.

This is a compilation of all the locations in Singapore that¬†I have been to for the past few years… not just the “tourist worthy” photography spots, that is.

The main purpose of this post is to stop the newbies from posting more “shot to death” photos of the Marina Bay Sands and Merlion Park.

Also to anyone visiting Singapore, there is so much more than just those over-hyped places. Time to go on a small adventure in this urban jungle. ūüėÜ

HOW THIS GUIDE IS ORGANIZED

I have thought of putting everything onto one huge map, but that will mean no way to describe how to go where and what to see.

So I have decided to break this guide into “areas of interests” instead. At the end of this guide, there is also a small section on “time sensitive” photography opportunities.

 

HEARTLANDS

The town, the neighborhood. The heartlands are where most Singaporean live in, and may appear to be boring places to visit.

Take a lift up to the top floor of some high rising blocks, and you will be amazed. (Plus it’s free)

ANG MO KIO BLK 310A

How to go :¬†Take bus 133 from the bus interchange, just a couple of stops. You can take a 10 mins walk alternatively… which is not really *that* far.¬†[MAP]

What to shoot :¬†Take the lift up to the highest floor (or anywhere you think high enough), open the door to the common staircase. You will be greeted by a bird’s eye view of the town. Great for sunsets.

What to¬†expect : It’s public housing, don’t disturb the neighbors.

TOA PAYOH

How to go : Easy access via Toa Payoh MRT station.

What to shoot : 

  • PIE¬†light trails at night¬†[MAP]
  • Toa Payoh high-rise¬†[MAP]
  • Dragon Playground, this is sort of a memory lane stuff… and not many of these playgrounds are left in modern Singapore.¬†[MAP]

What to expect : Mostly residential area. One of the earliest towns in Singapore, lots of good food around.

SKYVILLE @ DAWSON

How to go :¬†Take the MRT to Queenstown station, and a 10 minute’s walk. [MAP]

What to shoot :¬†Take the lift up to the highest floor sky garden. Another¬†bird’s eye view of the town. Great for sunrise and sunset.

What to¬†expect : Looks like some sort of private condo, but it’s public housing. Just take the lift up, not sure if greedy folks will start charging “entry fees”. So go there fast while it’s still free.

TANJONG RHU AREA

How to go : Tanjong Rhu is can be easily reached via the MRT circle line, Stadium station (orange line). If you want a shot of the Costa Rhu Residence, stop at Nicholl Highway station instead.

What to shoot :

  • Tanjung Rhu Suspension Bridge (Singapore’s first suspension bridge) during sunset or blue hour. [MAP]
  • Former Watch Tower during sunset. [MAP]
  • Costa Rhu during sunrise, but beware of mozzie and insects attack. [MAP]

What to¬†expect : The Singapore Sports Hub sits here,¬†which gets crowded and noisy whenever big events are held.¬†Apart from that, this area is also deemed¬†as¬†“high class residential”. Many expatriates live around here, which I wonder why… maybe they like the noise and over-priced food?

 

RESERVOIRS

Singapore is surrounded by sea.

Which is why we have so many reservoirs on this island. Good thing is that, most of them have “built-in” parks and nature trails that you can enjoy.

LOWER PEIRCE RESERVOIR

How to go : Plenty of buses 132, 163, 165, 166, 167, 855, 980 [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunset.

What to expect : Monkeys and wild boars. Avoid bringing food.

MACRITCHIE RESERVOIR

How to go : Plenty of buses – 52, 74, 130 ,132, 162, 163, 165, 166, 167, 852, 855 and 980. [MAP]

What to shoot : The pier at Paddle Lodge during sunset.

What to¬†expect : It’s a reservoir and natural reserve. Expect birds, monkeys, wild boars, snakes and mozzies. Avoid bringing food, or you will be pestered by monkeys to no end. Do bring plenty of water… or a life straw.

UPPER SELETAR RESERVOIR

How to go : Take bus 138¬†from Ang Mo Kio¬†Interchange, the bus stop for Upper Seletar is rather obscure in the middle of the road…¬†[MAP]

What to shoot :

  • The rocket tower
  • The jetty
  • The “infamous danger deep water” sign
  • The “marriage tree”

What to¬†expect :¬†Possible mozzie attack, monkey pester. Don’t bring food!

 

CITY AREA

The southern part of Singapore is the heart of the city.

This is where some of the oldest parts of Singapore are located, and they are now standing beside bustling financial districts.

ARAB STREET

How to go : 10 min walk from Bugis MRT Station [MAP]

What to shoot : 

  • Street Art
  • Masjid Sultan

What to expect : Colorful streets, textiles, souvenirs, and good food.

CLARKE QUAY

How to go : A short walk from the Clarke Quay MRT station [MAP]

What to shoot : Light trails

What to expect : A lot of tourists, over-priced food!

CHINATOWN

How to go : A short walk from the Chinatown MRT station [MAP]

What to shoot : Light trails, street

What to expect : A lot of locals and tourists, good food at rather decent price.

CHINATOWN BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE

How to go : A 10 min walk from Chinatown MRT station. [MAP]

What to shoot : The temple during sunset or night, row of red lanterns and the interior.

What to expect : Do note that the temple is closed to the public at 7pm, and no disrespectful clothes (shirt with f*** you message and that sort). You can go up any nearby HDB block to catch a better view of the temple.

SUNTEC CITY

How to go : A short walk from the Promanade MRT station [MAP]

What to shoot : Suntec Fountain of Wealth

What to expect : Wait for the night, use a fisheye or extremely wide angle lens.

MARINA COSTAL EXPRESSWAY

How to go : A 15 mins walk from the Marina South Pier MRT station [MAP]

What to shoot : Light trails

What to expect : Wait for the night, possible mosquito and insect pester.

MARINA BAY SANDS

How to go : MRT Bayfront station [MAP]

What to shoot :¬†The famous Helix Bridge, “Flying Ship” and Artscience Museum. Best times – sunrise and night.

What to¬†expect : It’s the city area. Lots of people during rush hour, do watch out if you carry a lot of photography equipment. Don’t kill people¬†with your tripod by accident. A lot of “touristy” photo spots here, good for night photography and capturing light trails.

MERLION PARK

How to go : A short walk from the Raffles Place MRT station [MAP]

What to shoot : The world famous skyline and mythical creature.

What to expect : A lot of tourists.

SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB (FROM BLK 4 BEACH ROAD)

How to go : A 15 mins walk from the Lavender MRT station [MAP]

What to shoot : Singapore Sports Hub

What to expect : Good if there are fireworks display, else wait for sunrise.

 

GARDENS BY THE BAY AREA

The prized tourist zone of Singapore.

Just walk a little more away from that tourist buzz,  and you will find some pretty nice views of the city.

GARDENS BY THE BAY

How to go : 10 mins walk from MRT Bayfront station [MAP]

What to shoot : The famous super trees at night, the flower dome and cloud forest.

What to expect : Tourist heavy zone. Expect a lot of people during weekends.

GARDENS BY THE BAY EAST

How to go : Cross the bridge from Marina Barrage [MAP]

What to shoot : The city skyline from bay east.

What to expect : A lot of walking, come during the sunset hours (5pm+) to avoid getting burnt to crisp from the afternoon sun.

MARINA BARRAGE

How to go : At the edge of Gardens By The Bay [MAP]

What to shoot :¬†People usually kite here during the weekends. You might catch some good¬†“sky fish” here.

What to expect : Rather isolated place at the edge of the city.

 

PARKS

Singapore is also called the garden city.

There’s a reason for that, and it’s the sickening amount of parks that we have.

BISHAN PARK

How to go : Bus 133, 136, 262 [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunset, plenty of opportunities by the river.

What to¬†expect :¬†Mozzie attack, the river is safe to walk into during “low tide”. Just be sure that you will get wet…

BISHAN PARK PANORAMA

How to go : Take bus 262 from Ang Mo Kio MRT statsion. [MAP]

What to shoot : Panorama of Bishan Park during sunset.

What to expect : Taken from high floors of block 315B, residential area, do not disturb the residents.

BOTANIC GARDENS

How to go : Right beside Botanic Gardens MRT Station [MAP]

What to shoot : Plenty of opportunities. The bandstand, heritage trail, symphony lake, the orchid garden.

What to¬†expect :¬†An oasis in the middle of busy Singapore. The Botanic Gardens close at 12am, and the Orchid garden at 7pm… don’t get stuck inside. [LINK]

PUNGGOL JETTY PARK

How to go : Take bus 84 from Punggol Interchange [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunset from the beach.

What to expect : Mozzie attack!

 

TIME SENSITIVE PLACES

There’s plenty of events and hoo-haas in Singapore.

These are the places that will light up only on certain times or occasions.

  • Chinatown – Chinese New Year decorations will be only be up during¬†the festive season.¬†[Map]
  • Marina Bay Sands – The Wonder Full Light Show daily.¬†[Link]
  • Gardens By the Bay – Garden Rhapsody Light Show daily. [Link]
  • National Day (9 August) – Grand fireworks! Location changes every year, so please do some of your own homework.
  • Sentosa – Small fireworks every Saturday night at the crane dance.¬†[Link]
  • iLight Marina Bay – Annual event in Singapore featuring art pieces of… light. [Link]

 

MORE PLACES TO BE ADDED

Holy molly. Singapore is actually is huge that I don’t have all the photos.

These are the places that I do not have decent photos of, shall revisit them someday and add them to the list.

But in the meantime, do drop comments below on locations that I missed out. Any constructive feedback on how to make this a better guide is welcomed too. Happy shooting!

LOWER SELETAR RESERVOIR

How to go : Take a 10 min walk from Khatib MRT Station [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunrise

What to expect : Mozzie attack!

PANDAN RESERVOIR

How to go : Take bus 176 or 51 from Jurong East Interchange. [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunset

What to expect : Possible mozzie attack.

BEDOK RESERVOIR

How to go : Take bus 69, 22, 28, 67, 65 or 18 from Tampines Interchange. [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunset

What to expect : Possible mozzie attack.

SINGAPORE FLYER

How to go : A 10 min walk from Promanade MRT station. [MAP]

What to shoot : You can buy a ticket and hop on the Flyer for some cityscape. Alternatively, you can have a photo of the flyer and Singapore skyline from Gardens by the Bay East.

What to¬†expect :¬†Tickets are not free, and they are not cheap… [LINK]

REFLECTIONS @ KEPPEL BAY

How to go : A long walk from HarbourFront¬†MRT station. Enter from Keppel Bay Drive, follow along the pedestrian path, turn left before Keppel Bay Vista, and walk again… [MAP]

What to shoot : Reflections against the sunset.

What to expect : A lot of walking.

SENTOSA

How to go : Various ways [MAP] [LINK]

What to shoot : Various photogenic spots, including the Merlion Statue, Beaches and Resort World Sentosa.

What to expect : Tourist zone. Expensive transport, food and drinks.

PULAU UBIN

How to go : Take a ferry off Changi Point Ferry Terminal [MAP]

What to shoot : A lot of stuff. Landscape and be prepared to go back to the 70s.

What to expect : Do take note of the timing for the last ferry. Although staying there overnight for sunrise is also another option.

JAPANESE CEMETERY PARK

How to go : Take bus 76 or 70M from Yio Chu Kang Interchange, stop at the Foursquare Gospel Church bus stop. Take a 5 minutes walk thereafter. [MAP]

What to shoot : Flower arches, jizo statues.

What to¬†expect :¬†Many people might think there is nothing to shoot in a cemetery, maybe except for graves. Not this one. This is a cemetery park… and you can just enter and enjoy a slow walk. Please note that this is still a cemetery, and do not do stupid things to disrespect the resting elders.

PUNNGOL WATERWAY PARK

How to go : Take bus 84 from Punggol interchange, stop at the waterway park. [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunset.

What to expect : This is quite a popular location among joggers. Expect some walking.

PUNNGOL RIVERSIDE WALK / LORONG HALUS

How to go : Take the LRT from Punngol interchange, stop at Riviera station. Take a 10 mins walk. [MAP]

What to shoot : Lorong Halus Bridge, Punggol Dam, lalang field.

What to expect : A lot walking again. Do watch the weather forecast, this area is open and prone to lightning strikes.

WOODLANDS WATERFRONT PARK

How to go : Take bus 856 from Marsiling MRT station. [MAP]

What to shoot : The jetty, a panorama shot of Johor Bahru during blue hour.

What to expect : The skyline of Johor Bahru is sadly restricted to the jetty only. The rest of the area is all fenced up.

BUKIT BATOK TOWN PARK (LITTLE GUILIN)

How to go : Take a 10 min walk from Bukit Gombak MRT station. [MAP]

What to shoot : Sunrise at Little Guilin, reflections on the water.

What to¬†expect :¬†Pretty much boring once you get that “one shot”.

TELOK BLANGAH HILL PARK

How to go : Take bus 176, 272 or 273 from Bukit Merah Interchange. [MAP]

What to shoot : Terrace garden and Henderson Waves lighted up during blue hour.

What to expect : A lot of walking if you do not have personal transport.

CHINESE GARDEN / JAPANESE GARDEN

How to go : Take a 5 mins walk from Chinese Garden MRT station. [MAP]

What to shoot : The main gates, bridges, twin pagoda.

What to expect : A lot of walking if you do not have personal transport

SUNGEI BULOH WETLAND RESERVES

How to go : By cab, or 925C from Woodlands Interchange (Sundays and PH only). [MAP]

What to shoot : Wildlife, birds.

What to¬†expect :¬†Inaccessible place… you will need some wheels to get there, but a good place to catch some wildlife.


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