No two cities are the same. Merlion, durian spikes, the Supertree Grove, colonial houses and illuminated skyscrapers along the banks of the Singapore River are but some of the highlights that set Singapore
apart from the others. This guide will help camera enthusiasts to uncover the best places for photographing landmarks which capture Singapores unique characteristics.
Merlion | © Nicola Sap De Mitri/Flickr
This iconic 8.6-meter-tall statue takes you back to Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village with a stark visual contrast to narrate the city’s gradual growth into a vibrant, economically important metropolis. There are two archetypical shots you can take at Merlion Park. The first one is a rear view of the statue with Marina Bay Sands in the distance. Or you can cross the pedestrian bridge to photograph Merlion against the backdrop of Raffles Place’s bustling skyscrapers.
Merlion Park, One Fullerton, Singapore, +65 6736 6622
Looking for the classic postcard shot? Just head down to Esplanade – Theatres of the Bay and walk along its idyllic waterfront. Within minutes, you will find an unobstructed view of Raffles Place with the historic Fullerton Hotel taking center stage. Don’t forget to stay around until 8 pm. The Esplanade waterfront provides a handsome reflection of the trail of lights painting the Singapore night skyline.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore, +65 6828 8377
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
Floating 57 levels above the three towers of Marina Bay Sands, the SkyPark offers a panoramic vista of the Singapore skyline. Spanning more than the Eiffel Tower at 1.2 hectares, there is plenty of space to shoot without bumping into other photographers. Moreover, as it is an open-air observation deck, you don’t have to worry about annoying glass reflections. The SkyPark comes with an admission price of, but the breathtaking view is priceless.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, +65 6688 8826
As the world’s largest observation wheel outside the US, the Flyer comes at a relatively high admission price. However, the full 30-minute rotation offers a 360-degree view of the city and unlimited possibilities to play around with vantage points. The Ferris wheel is enveloped in a glass capsule, and reflected lights can prove to be a hassle, so make sure you bring polarizing filters to tackle this problem.
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, +65 6333 3311
Looking for the highest point possible in Singapore? Standing tall on the 63rd floor and located right in the heart of the Downtown Core, the Upper Viewing Gallery of 1-Altitude brings a unique perspective of the surrounding CBD area. On top of that, you get a drink of your choice in a comfy lounge with modern décor, multi-color lighting and great music.
1-Altitude Bar, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore, +65 6438 0410
Bay East Garden
The problem with most vantage points is that they are either inside the Downtown Core or part of an iconic landmark. Rarely will you ever be able to snap the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, the ArtScience Museum and the CBD skyscrapers in one harmonious photo. From Gardens by the Bay, walk further to the lesser-known Bay East Garden for a scenic, tranquil view of these distinctive landmarks side by side.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore, +65 6420 6848
Bored with the same old generic photos? For true shutterbugs, the Marina Barrage is an excellent place to experiment with fresh, alternative angles. If you climb up on the roof of this water reservoir, you will discover an atypical spot where you can incorporate ‘the other side’ of Marina Bay Sands, the Supertree Grove, the two domes of Gardens by the Bay and the reservoir’s distinct dual curvature to frame an image that is truly your own.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore, +65 6514 5959
The Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge
Aerial view at The Pinnacle@Duxton | © Darren Soh / Courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board
The Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge
Skyscrapers are awesome, but they represent only a small portion of the full picture. As the world’s tallest public housing, the Pinnacle @ Duxton’s 50th-story viewing deck provides a glimpse to the cultural precinct of Chinatown and surrounding residential buildings. You can play with the contrast of traditional red-brick houses against soaring CBD towers to create an unusual picture. There is an admission fee comes but only 200 non-residents are allowed per day.
The Pinnacle @ Duxton, 1 Cantonment Road, Singapore, +65 6225 543
Padang is a special place as it is surrounded by less-photographed landmarks such as the Old Supreme Court Building and Saint Andrew’s Cathedral. The lush greenery also adds a striking element to your composition. On top of that, as a major recreational area, Padang brings countless possibilities to capture a slice of life of average Singaporeans when they are not busy boosting the GDP in those high-rise financial district offices in the background.
Padang, Singapore, +65 6338 9271