Looking for Instagrammable places in Singapore?
You’re in luck!
Singapore is one of the most modern countries I have ever visited. As such, 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 Insta-worthy spots there are.
Some 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!
Where you’ll find 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.
The map is color coded as follows:
Blue: Downtown Singapore
Purple: Colorful buildings
Green: Parks and nature
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 Instagrammers- this 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 as of December 2019!
(If things change in 2020, 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.
Instagrammable colorful 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 great things for Instagram!
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 ones are particularly Instagrammable, 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 onto this colorful location!
Until then, enjoy capturing a photo here with not too many people around! And if you visit and it has become a popular 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
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
23. Chinese Garden
The Chinese Garden is connected to the Japanese Garden, and both are great photo spots.
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
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
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 walking around it first to find your favorite camera angle!
Instagrammable architecture in Singapore
29. Changi Jewel Vortex
The Rain Vortex is one of my favorite views of Singapore because it sums up how I see the country: modern and green with incredible architecture and easy transportation.
This waterfall is the largest indoor waterfall in the world (40 meters or 131 feet high), and is located inside Singapore’s Changi Airport.
Though this is an easy photo to take when you are arriving or departing Singapore and are already at the airport, you can come anytime. You do not need to have a boarding pass to visit the Jewel Changi Airport, which houses the Rain Vortex.
It is also free to visit, though many of the other attractions at the Jewel do have entrance fees.
Also, note that the water starts pouring out at 8:00 AM and then pours continuously all day until after 11:30PM.
At nighttime there are gorgeous colorful lights illuminating the waterfall. With a combination of the lights and music, it truly feels magical being there!
30. Orchard Road
Orchard Road is known for its great (albeit expensive) shopping, but I like it for its energy and architecture!
If you are a fashion blogger and want a shot in front of a famous designer store, you’ll probably find it here.
If you just are looking for neat architecture, the building behind me in this photo is a classic take on modern Singaporean style.
This photo was taken on the corner of Orchard Road and Scotts Road, where you can see the funky Dolce & Gabbana/Tiffany’s/Cartier building on the opposite square in the background.
For more interesting architecture around Orchard Road, stop into the Library@Orchard.
Among the rows of curvy bookcases, you can get a neat shot perusing the books.
32. Fort Canning Staircase
The Fort Canning underground crossing is truly a beauty! It is located at the northern tip of Fort Canning Park (exact location is shown on the map).
Logistically, getting this shot takes a bit of patience.
For one, you have pedestrians constantly going up and down the stairs, so you have to wait for a break in the commotion.
And for another, you might be in a line of people waiting to get this shot!!
When I went, we also had to deal with a third issue- the rain!
We probably spent over 30 minutes in this tunnel waiting for the rain to stop so that we could grab this shot, but I’m glad we did because it is such a neat place!
You might recognize this place from the movie Crazy Rich Asians; this is where the crazy rich wedding is!
Chijmes began as a Catholic convent, but is now a popular wedding venue, event space, and dining area.
Designed in the Neo-classical style, you’ll be able to get a few beautiful angles as you walk around Chijmes.
34. Raffles Hotel
Home to the original Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotel is an elegant 5-star hotel that was built in 1887.
My favorite Instagram shot of this place is one directly in front, where you can see the gorgeous Colonial architecture, but there are plenty of other photo angles inside.
The symmetry and design continues as you move from outside to inside, with mirrored staircases, traditional-styled seating areas, and beautiful chandeliers throughout.
And if you’re thinking about splurging for a night here, I think it’s worth it! The rooftop pool is stunning, as are the rooms, balconies, hallways, and basically everything else at this hotel.
Also, be sure to stop into the Long Bar to try the original Singapore Sling!
35. ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum is located at Marina Bay Sands, and weaves together art and science in a beautiful way.
This photo depicts the most popular Instagram spot in the ArtScience Museum, which is in the “Future World: Where Art meets Science” exhibit.
Adult tickets start at $19, but there are a lot of add-ons depending on if you want to see more than one exhibit, if you’re with a group, if you’re a student, etc.
You can see ticket prices and buy your tickets here.
36. Pagoda Street Stairs
“Historical” Chinese architecture meets modern aesthetics at the stairs on Pagoda Street.
This is my favorite view of Pagoda Street, since you get a mix of different colors and architecture.
The easiest way to access this point is to exit the Chinatown MRT station at Pagoda Street, then turn around and walk up the stairs to the bridge that crosses over New Bridge Road.
37. Potato Head
This is a fun building for a photo because of:
- The cute name (cue all the “potato head” captions)
- Pretty colors
- Fun architecture
And if you’re feeling hungry, you can stop into Potato Head for a burger and a cocktail. It is a cocktail bar, burger joint, and a speakeasy all in one!
38. Sentosa Merlion
For a close up shot of the famous Singapore Merlion, visit the Merlion at Imbiah Station in Sentosa.
Instagrammable islands around Singapore
39. St. John’s & Kusu Islands
St. John’s and Kusu Islands are islands right next to each other on Singapore’s southern shores.
Here you’ll find the best beaches in Singapore (because let’s be honest, Sentosa’s beaches are not that great), some neat architecture on Kusu (including turtle sculptures, since Kusu is named after the sea turtle!), and great picnic and swim areas.
To get there, you’ll pay $18 round trip (per adult) at the ferry at Marina South Pier, and embark on a 30 minute boat ride.
There are multiple ferry services, but all should have stops on both St John’s and Kusu, so you can head to St. John’s for the first part of the day and Kusu for the next.
Note that the ferries do not go from Kusu to St. Johns!
Here are two ferry schedules:
When I visited these islands in 2014, they felt extremely remote with very few visitors. They are still somewhat hidden gems in Singapore, but since then, St. John’s island has become quite a bit more developed.
39 and a half. Raffles Lighthouse
Why the ranking of 39 and a half?
Well, as Instagrammable as this spot is, chances are you won’t actually be able to visit this if you’re just visiting Singapore for a short time.
Raffles Lighthouse is the hardest photo location to get to in Singapore, since it is located on Palau Satumu, an island in the Singapore Straights, and since you can only visit during certain times of the year.
It requires a permit from the Maritime and Port Authority and a ferry ride that is about an hour, which leaves from the Marina South Pier.
40. Palau Ubin
Palau Ubin is an island off of Singapore’s northeastern coast.
On Palau Ubin, you’ll get to experience what Singapore was like way back when: dirt roads, kampongs, tropical green forests.
If you visit in the months around June, you’ll see durians growing in the trees!
Only a fifteen minute boat ride away, it is a bit easier to access from the main island than St. John’s and Kusu Islands.
This ferry ride only costs $2 per person and departs from the Changi Point Jetty.
At Changi Point, you’ll wait at the designated Palau Ubin jetty stop until there are twelve people; the ferry only leaves when it is full.
(If you don’t have the patience for other people to arrive, you can also pay the full cost for 12 passengers and charter a ride that way).
When you get there, the first thing to do is rent a bike. There are a bunch of different bike rental options as soon as you leave the main jetty.
Once you have your bike, you’re free to roam around the island!
Just watch out for monkeys and wild pigs! The pigs won’t approach you, but the monkeys might, so hold on to your stuff!
While on Palau Ubin, visit the Chek Jawa Wetlands
This is my favorite part of the island; usually we bike here first to make sure we have enough time to explore the wetlands.
Here you’ll find a mangrove forest, a boardwalk that takes you out over the water, and plenty of lush greenery.
I hope you can see just how Instagrammable Singapore is!
From colorful buildings and neat architecture to pristine parks and island getaways, this little country has them all.
If you think of some spots that I haven’t mentioned, please comment them below!
I’d love to check them out on my next visit to Singapore!
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