Want to capture the perfect photograph of Singapore’s world-famous skyline? Look no further, as Culture Trip lays down the best places for some breathtaking views.
Singapore’s skyline is a product of its rapid modernisation – a beautiful, ever-changing landscape that moves and shifts as the country carves out its future. For the best views of this Asian megacity, head to these key spots.
Merlion Park - Marina Bay, Singapore
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 photo 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.
Looking for the classic postcard view of Singapore? 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.
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 catch a view without bumping into other tourists. 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.
The Singapore Flyer has been celebrated as Asia’s largest observation wheel and an integral part of the Marina Bay skyline. Towering at 165 meters above ground level with 28 glass cabins that make a slow circular revolution, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Marina Bay and its architectural landmarks, panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline and on a good day, even see parts of neighbouring Malaysia or Indonesia in the distance. Splurge on a ticket that includes a flute of champagne or the iconic Singapore Sling while you take in the view, or enjoy a full fine dining experience while in the air.
1-Altitude Bar, Raffles Place
Bar, Tapas, $$$
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 and Singapore skyline. On top of that, you get a drink of your choice in a comfy lounge with modern décor, multi-color lighting and great music.
Gardens by The Bay East
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.
Bored with the same old generic views? For true sightseers, the Marina Barrage is an excellent place to look at Singapore from fresh, alternative angles. If you climb up on the roof of this water reservoir, you will discover an atypical spot where you can see ‘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 – framing an image of Singapore’s skyline that is truly your own.
Padang is an open playing-field surrounded by underrated landmarks such as the Old Supreme Court Building and Saint Andrew’s Cathedral. The lush greenery also adds a striking element to the view. On top of that, as a major recreational area, Padang brings countless possibilities to see slices of life of average Singaporeans when they are not busy boosting the GDP in those high-rise financial district offices in the background.
The Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge
Skyscrapers are awesome, but they represent only a small portion of the full picture of Singapore’s views. 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. This creates a marvellous contrast of traditional red-brick houses against soaring CBD towers, forming an unusual picture of Singapore’s skyline. There is an admission fee comes but only 200 non-residents are allowed per day.