The 40 Most Instagrammable Places in Singapore in 2021

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Looking for Instagrammable places in Singapore?

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Singapore is one of the most modern countries I have ever visited.

As a result, it’s no surprise that they are with the times in terms of their Instagrammable locations.

I’ve spent five months in Singapore over the past few years since I have family there, and feel like I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on the prettiest, most Instagram worthy places in Singapore.

Some Singapore Instagram spots are trickier than others to find, so under each location, I share tips and what you should expect!

Without further ado, here are the 40 most Instagrammable places in Singapore!

Map of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore

Here’s a map of all forty locations so that you can plan the spots you want to visit according to location.

Map provided by Wanderlog, a travel planner

The map is color coded as follows:

Blue: Downtown Singapore

Purple: Colorful buildings

Green: Parks and nature

Orange: Temples

Light blue: Architecture

Yellow: Located on islands off the coast

Instagrammable places in Singapore’s downtown area

1. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is a pretty iconic spot in Singapore.

This boat-shaped hotel boats an infinity pool with incredible views of the city, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny if you want to spend the night.

Good news for us photographers- this Singapore Instagram spot is completely free to access.

It’s located in Gardens by the Bay in the northwestern corner of Dragonfly Lake. I’ve market the exact location on the map with a pin!

2. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore!

There are a ton of great viewpoints for getting the Avatar-esque Supertrees in a photo.

My recommendation is to go an hour or two before sunset to find your favorite angle of the trees and plan your shot.

At dusk, the trees light up and then you can get a neat shot like this one.

(If you go during the day when they’re not lit up, they are still pretty and interesting, but they are a plain green color with a bit of purple.)

Best of all, make sure you stay long enough for the Garden Rhapsody, which happens twice a night at 7:45 and 8:45pm daily (as of December 2019).

Access to Gardens by the Bay is free, but you can choose to purchase tickets to enter other areas of the park.

3. Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay features one of two remarkable waterfalls in Singapore (the other is a bit further down on this list!).

Unfortunately, this feature does come with a bit of a price tag.

Unless you are a Singaporean resident or a child under 12, you’ll shell out $28 SGD per person to enter the Cloud Forest.

4. Water Lily Pond Viewpoint

This is by far my favorite viewpoint for Marina Bay Sands and the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay.

This rock is located in the Water Lily Pond at Gardens by the Bay, and there actually are no signs saying you can’t sit on it at the time I write this!

(If things change in 2021, you can still get a very similar shot from the shoreline, which you can see at the bottom of this photo.)

To get to the rock, I actually took one step in this very shallow pond, and then hopped back from the rock to shore.

The exact location is marked on the map!

5. Singapore Flier

As you walk from Gardens by the Bay along the Marina Bay waterfront sidewalk towards Marina Bay Sands, you’ll get this view of the Singapore Flyer.

If you want to actually go up the Flyer, you’ll get views from 42 stories up, and on a clear day you’ll see Malaysia and even Indonesia! The cost is $33 SGD for adults.

Colorful Instagrammable Places in Singapore

6. Peranakan Houses

These colorful houses are becoming more and more popular on Instagram, so there might be other people taking photos here when you visit.

However, the street has multiple houses on both sides of the street, so chances are there will be a spot where you can get a photo without anyone in it.

Can you imagine living in one of these houses? I’m curious to see who bought the pink one that was for sale (as you can see in this photo!).

7. Arab Street

Arab Street is colorful, vibrant, and beautiful- three things that make it one of my favorite Instagrammable places in Singapore!

Another great thing about this colorful street is that there are no cars driving down or parked along the side of the road.

That means that as long as you’re okay with having people behind you in a photo, you can come here any any time of day for an Insta-worthy photo of Arab Street!

Be sure to stop into the trendy shops along Arab Street- there were a lot of dresses and woven purses that caught my eye!

8. Rochor Center

Another colorful part of Singapore is the country’s HDB housing. The ones that comprise Rochor Center are definitely the most colorful of them all!

HDB housing is how the majority of locals live in Singapore- the government has done a great job at making sure its people have great places to live.

These are some of the more Instagrammable places in Singapore, but as you explore Singapore you’ll notice that most of the HDB housing is colorful!

9. Colorful House of Tan Teng Niah

If you want a real pop of color on your Instagram feed, look no further than the House of Tan Teng Niah.

This is a very short walk from the Little India MRT station.

There are different angles to capture photos here, as well as other colorful buildings nearby, so be sure to explore the area to find the shot you want!

10. Selegie Arts Center

You can really tell how this country is stepping up its Instagram game when looking at the before and after photos of the Selegie Arts Center!

It used to be all yellow and indigo, but now it practically screams “take a pic with me!” with its colorful facade!

As of December 2019, this spot hasn’t been over-photographed on Instagram, but that might change as people catch on that this is one of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore!

Until then, enjoy capturing a photo here with not too many people around! And if you visit and it has become a popular Singapore Instagram spot, please return to this post and comment to let me know!

11. Old Hill Street Police Station

This is one of two spots that I’ve noticed a LOT of people wanting to get a photo of.

Fortunately, the building is huge and the sidewalk across from it is long enough so that you don’t have to wait your turn to get a photo (so far).

When I visited on a Sunday afternoon after church, there were at least five groups of people (not including my dad and me!) trying to get a shot here!

The trouble is, you do need patience to get a shot without cars.

Every two to three minutes, due to the changing signals, there is about a 10 second pause where no cars will be driving by!

So it doesn’t really matter what time of day you visit this spot, just be patient to find your opening and then get the shot as quickly as you can!

12. Clarke Quay

Jeffery Goh

Clarke Quay is a popular expat spot in Singapore, known for its bars and great location.

It also is a great spot for photos because it is full of color!

This is the kind of area you’ll want to walk around and explore in order to find the shot you want.

It is right by the Old Hill Police Station (listed right before this), so you can easily get photos in both at the same time!

13. Chinatown Bridge

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.

Once you’re on the bridge, this spot is facing the Pagoda Street side, and is right next to a reflexology stone pathway in the ground.

14. Redhill MRT Station

This MRT station is PINK.

I think that is all there is to say about that! 🙂

Instagrammable parks and nature in Singapore

15. Japanese Cemetery Park

This spot requires a car or bus to get to, unless you want to walk 1.3 km/.8 miles from the closest MRT stop (Kovan MRT station).

Not many people come to this one so it’s actually nice to walk around and enjoy the pink blooms here!

Also, I hope this goes without saying, but please be sure to show respect as it is a cemetery.

16. MacRitchie Treetop Walk

Scott Dexter via Flickr

If you’re up for some exercise, pack a few bottles of water and head to the MacRitchie Treetop Walk!

Also, give yourself at least 3 hours to complete a round trip hike. (You do have the option to just walk one way).

You do have to enter the bridge from the entrance on Pierce track from the ranger station since it is a one-direction bridge.

Please note that the park is closed on Mondays (except on public holidays) and has strict hours:

  • Tuesday-Friday: 9-5PM
  • Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays: 8:30-5PM

17. Singapore Botanic Garden

The Singapore Botanic Garden is free to enter and is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site!

So naturally, it’s a must see on my list of Instagrammable places in Singapore.

This garden is the only tropical garden on the UNESCO list, and is over 160 years old!

Spanning 203 acres, there are plenty of good photo opportunities here. It’s also open from 5am to midnight, so you can visit at almost any time.

18. National Orchid Garden

Located within the Singapore Botanic Garden, the National Orchid Garden has a $5 SGD entrance fee for adults and is definitely worth it to see!

With over 1000 species of orchids (and 2000 hybrids!) on display, it is one of the prettiest gardens I’ve explored (so naturally, it makes my list of Singapore Instagram spots)!

The iconic Instagram shot here is the green archways, which are located very close to the entrance on the path to the right.

There are also elaborate, giant bird cages that are very photogenic, as well as little fountains and plenty of flowers to get photos of.

While the Botanic Garden has very generous hours, note that the National Orchid Garden has shorter hours from 8:30am-7pm and ticket sales close at 6pm.

The closest entrance to the Singapore Botanic Garden to get to the National Orchid Garden is the northern Tyersall Gallop entrance.

19. Swan Lake Gazebo

This pretty gazebo reminds me of something out of a fairy tale!

Located at the very edge of Swan Lake, you an access this gazebo easily from the southwest Tanglin Gate.

Other than your ‘normal’ wildlife, there are chickens that roam around this area, as well as the occasional monitor lizard (up to 3 meters long!) that will walk on land and swim in this lake.

I really loved the shots I got here which is why it’s one of my favorite Instagrammable places in Singapore.

20. Sang Nila Utama Garden

This garden is located in Fort Canning Park, close to the Clarke Quay entrance.

It was created as one of nine different gardens that are meant to draw you into Singapore’s history.

When you walk through the Sang Nila Utama Garden, you’ll actually get a taste for what Fort Canning may have looked like in 14th century Singapore.

Besides these pretty Japanese split gates, you’ll find reflective pools, plenty of symmetry, and statues- all of which were believed to be in prince Sang Nila Utama’s garden at the time.

21. Merlion Park

Jiew Peng Lim

The Merlion is a Singaporen icon that is half fish, half lion; fish for its humble fishing village beginnings, and lion for the Malay name for Singapore- “lion city”.

Head to Merlion Park to not only get a shot with the Merlion, but also to get a great view of Marina Bay Sands or the Singaporean cityscape.

22. Sentosa Bridge

Located on Sentosa Island, this bridge takes you to the southernmost point in Southeast Asia.

Since it is a one lane bridge, you will probably have to be a bit patient trying to get a photo here!

But I love bridge photos so I wanted this to be on my list of Instagrammable places in Singapore!

23. Chinese Garden

Allie Caulfield via Flickr

The Chinese Garden is connected to the Japanese Garden, and both are Singapore Instagram spots for photos.

You’ll find bridges, ponds, and this gorgeous pagoda among other things.

Instagrammable temples in Singapore

This goes without saying (hopefully), but it is of the utmost importance that we all show respect and do not get in the way when we visit temples and places of worship.

Also, you’ll need to be properly dressed to enter these temples, and you can borrow a scarf if you need something to cover your shoulders!

24. Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple

The front of the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple is really stunning, but the day that I visited it was blocked by tables.

Instead, I went around back to get a fun close-up shot with the detailed carvings in the background!

25. Masjid Sultan

This is a preserved mosque from 1824- and it really is beautiful!

There are a few angles that I can think of for a photo with Masjid Sultan; if you want it close up, this is the best you’ll probably get. I shot this with a 24mm lens.

If you wanted a head-on, symmetrical shot of the mosque, you’ll need a much wider lens, since the shops across from it prevent you from adding depth.

Alternatively, you can get a far away shot framed with an archway not too far from here.

26. Sri Krishnan Temple

Choo Yut Shing via Flickr

This Hindu temple- originally built in 1870- is quite stunning with its detailed carvings and vibrant colors!

It is located on Waterloo Street, and the closest MRT stop is Bugis.

The space right in front of the temple is a large pedestrain area paved with brick, so if you want a shot right in front, it is definitely doable.

If you want a shot without others in it, either head to this area early in the day or wait and have patience!

27. Sri Mariamman Temple

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The Sri Mariamman Temple is located in Chinatown and is the city’s oldest Hindu Temple! It was built in 1827 and features an elaborate tower that you can’t miss.

There is a road directly in front of the temple and occasionally cars are parked on it, so you might need to get creative with angles here.

And again, in case you missed it earlier, I just want to emphasize the importance of being respectful when visiting these temples.

28. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

You’ll find this temple in the heart of Chinatown, so unless you visit very early in the morning, it will probably be very difficult to get a shot without anyone in it.

This temple is designed in the Tang dynasty style and is really beautiful from all sides, so I recommend wal