Singapore in Pictures: 15 Beautiful Places to Photograph

Written by Diana Bocco
Apr 15, 2020

The island city-state of Singapore wasn't officially born until 1819 and didn't gain full independence from the UK until 1963. Despite years of social turbulence, Singapore is now one of the most prosperous countries in Asia - a place with incredible cultural diversity, lush nature reserves, and rain forest thriving with diverse species of flora and fauna.

A place for art lovers, foodies, and adventure lovers, Singapore truly has it all, no matter what you're looking for when planning a trip. Here's a list of the must-see places to photograph in Singapore.

1. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands, a waterfront resort, is one of the most recognizable and photographed buildings in Singapore. The massive complex includes a hotel, museum, a 74,000-square-meter shopping center, theaters and galleries, and a Skypark with an infinity pool and a rooftop garden overlooking the bay.

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2. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Walkway through the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Just 12 kilometers from the heart of Singapore and sitting on the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill, this tiny 1.64-square-kilometer park is covered in rain forest and home to over 500 animal species - including the reticulated python, crab-eating macaques, and the rare red-crowned barbet bird. Tropical ferns and dense jungle surround the many hiking trails here, and the reserve also offers rock climbing and abseiling opportunities, as well as mountain-bike trails.

3. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

This 101-hectare park right on the Marina Reservoir is most famous for its walkway among the canopy of tree-like sculptures covered in exotic ferns and orchids. This is also the perfect place to capture dramatic photos.

The lights wrapped around the trees are completely powered by sunlight. The gardens are also home to the world's largest glass greenhouse and the "Cloud Forest," a greenhouse that mimics the weather from tropical mountains and includes a 35-meter-tall indoor waterfall.

4. Sentosa Island

Suspension bridge to Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island

Home to two golf courses, resorts, a Universal Park studio, a casino, and the Adventure Cove Water Park, Sentosa Island also has some of the most beautiful beaches in Singapore. Palawan Beach is particularly famous because of its suspension bridge, which connects the beach to a tiny islet that's considered Asia's closest point to the Equator.

5. Siloso Beach

Siloso Beach

Man-made Siloso Beach is a prime destination for canoeing, kayaking, and skimboarding - but also the home of many unique attractions, including wind tunnels, artificial barreling waves, ziplines, and Singapore's first bungee jump location. Siloso's stretch of white sands and turquoise lagoons are a popular escape from the city.

6. Sisters' Islands

Sisters' Islands, Singapore

The soft white sands, 250 species of colorful corals, and turquoise waters of the Big Sister and Small Sister islands make for a perfect snorkeling destination. The islands are part of Singapore's First Marine Park and offer two dive options: the six-meter-deep Shallow Dive Trail, where visitors can see giant clams and clownfish, and the 16-meter-deep Deep Dive Trail to swim around sea stars and sea fans.

7. MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir

The oldest reservoir in Singapore (dating back to the 1800s) is a popular spot to catch the sunset. TreeTop Walk, a 25-meter-tall suspension bridge, offers visitors a sweeping view of the primary forest that hugs the reservoir.

8. Esplanade

View of the Esplanade from the Jubilee Bridge

The nearby modern Jubilee Bridge is the perfect spot to take photos of the Esplanade, the performing arts center located right on the Singapore River. Surrounded by greenery and palm trees, the massive performance venue includes concert halls, areas for experimental theater, and a library.

9. Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay at night

Singapore's Central Quay is particularly stunning in the evening, as the lights come on over the water. The quay was originally a 19th-century port and mooring space that was eventually abandoned and then revamped into the thriving commercial and entertainment space it is today.

10. Saint John's Island

Saint John's Island

A former cholera quarantine station, this 40-hectare island is now a popular weekend getaway that offers soft white beaches, swimming lagoons, plenty of hiking trails, and even bungalows for those looking for an overnight island stay. Colorful coral life, small patches of mangrove forest, and the occasional sighting of dolphins off the coast make Saint John's a beloved destination for both locals and foreign tourists.

11. Marina Barrage

Aerial view of Marina Barrage

Sitting at the confluence of five rivers, the Marina Barrage dam overlooks the city's skyline from the lush green grass and has become a popular place to catch the sunset. The steady water levels in the marina reservoir allow activities such as dragonboating and kayak rental year-round.

12. Pulau Ubin

Boardwalk through the wetlands on Pulau Ubin Island

One of the very few rural areas that exist in Singapore, the island of Pulau Ubin is home to the Chek Jawa Wetlands ecosystem and a long boardwalk that cuts through the island's mangrove forest. There are also a number of abandoned granite quarries - and as vegetation and rainwater took over the quarries, they transformed into stunning lake-like areas.

13. Peranakan Row Houses

Historic Peranakan row houses

Rows of historical shophouses take over the sidewalks in the Joo Chiat and Katong districts of Singapore. Designed in traditional Peranakan architecture (also known as Chinese Baroque because of the ornate colorful embellishments used in decoration), the buildings are a reminder of the mixed heritage that helped forge the country.

14. Orchid Garden

Arches with yellow orchids in the Orchid Garden

Over 60,000 orchid plants are displayed in four colorful zones representing the seasons in this carefully designed area of the Botanical Gardens. With arched walkways, specially selected trees, and vines, the garden feels magical around every corner.

15. Helix Bridge

The Helix Bridge at night

This 280-meter-long stainless-steel pedestrian bridge is particularly stunning at night, when the lights create a unique visual experience that highlights the unique structure of the bridge. The design of the bridge was inspired by the curved DNA structure, and those crossing the bridge will see certain illuminated letters that represent the four amino acids that are the base of DNA. Four viewing platforms along the bridge offer picture-perfect views over the bay.

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