Our guide to Singapore's best photography locations

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Here are our guide to the best Singapore photography locations - the places we loved spending hours photographing!


Honestly, we were pleasantly surprised by Singapore. It's a pretty awesome place to explore with your camera, whether you’re after key attractions, cool back streets, markets  and hawker halls, or even some sneaky people shots.

We thought it would be good to share some of the Singapore photography locations we found in our wanderings, so if you're spending 24 hours (here's a great stop over guide for Singapore), a week, or even a month, and are looking to get your photography on, this is our wrap of the best Singapore photography locations to get those insta-worthy shots.


OUR GUIDE TO SINGAPORE'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS


#1 MARINA BAY SANDS

Well, this is kind of a 'duh' location. Marina Bay Sands is one of Singapore’s main attractions, and one of Singapore's best photography locations, towering 50 stories above Marina Bay with panoramic views of the city and bay. Visit the rooftop observatory at night, when Singapore puts on her best dress and lights up in all her glory.

If you’re lucky enough to stay at Hotel Marina Bay Sands, you’ll gain access to the world famous rooftop infinity pool. You’ll be able to snap wicked selfies with Singapore’s skyline as the backdrop - upping your brag levels enormously. Be warned, the epicness comes with a price tag that a general backpacking budget can’t afford (rooms start from $500 per night) - but hey, we all need dreams!

HOW TO GET THERE

Catch either the Circle Line and Downtown Line of Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system to Bayfront Station.

PRO TIPS

The interior of Marina Bay Sands is an architectural delight, with exceptional angles and shadows allowing for great photography. Take a super wide-angle lens (14mm) and always look up. Alternatively, you can never go wrong photographing from the hotel's infinity pool.

 Photo by  Lily Lvnatikk  on  Unsplash

Photo by Lily Lvnatikk on Unsplash

Marina Bay sands one of Singapore's photography locations


#2 THE SINGAPORE FLYER

Singapore is home to the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel (soznotsoz to the London Eye). As a Singapore photography location, it's amazing; it was voted the best view in Singapore. You can feast your eyes (and camera lens) on 360° views of the surrounding downtown area, including Marina Bay and the coast. The windows of the Flyer can be a little dirty (we won’t hold it against them), but with some careful manoeuvring your shots will still come out great.

HOW TO GET THERE

Catch the Circle Line MRT to the Promenade Station, and follow the signs to Singapore Flyer! Alternatively, you can walk from Marina Bay Sands across the Helix footbridge.

PRO TIPS

If you're into timelapse photography, the Singapore Flyer provides a great backdrop. Set yourself up on the Marina Bay causeway and spend at least 30mins 'lapsin.

Singapore Flyer one of Singapore's photography locations

#3 MERLION FOUNTAIN, MARINA BAY

The Merlion Fountain is definitely not the most impressive attraction in itself, but the view back across Marina Bay from here gives it instant Singapore photography location cred.

Get up early (or you know, continue on from the night before for the night owls amongst us), set up your camera and tripod, then pace your settings to the tune of mother nature beaming her rays across Marina Bay.

HOW TO GET THERE

Catch the MRT to Raffles Place station and exit, following the footbridge to Clifford Pier, then turn left and follow the promenade.

PRO TIPS

If you're that way inclined, head to the Merlion for sunrise and photography back towards Marina Bay Sands. You'll be rewarded with the most incredible views - just remember to bring your wide angle to fit it all in.

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#4 GARDENS BY THE BAY

Any big Avatar fans out there? Gardens by the Bay, a relatively new attraction on the Singapore scene, is a condensed, real life version of James Cameron’s blockbuster sci-fi movie.

The architecture provides those perfect angles that photographers love and the area really comes alive at night when the lighting and shadows come out to play. Long exposure photography is your bff here, so bring your tripod along (or get inventive with random surfaces if you don’t have one!) and battle through the crowds to get a prime viewing position.

HOW TO GET THERE

Catch either the Circle Line and Downtown Line of Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system to Bayfront Station. Cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.

PRO TIPS

We recommend spending a whole evening exploring Gardens by the Bay, looking for new angles that will make your photos unique. During the day, use your wide angle and photograph upwards towards Supertree Grove.

Gardens by the Bay one of Singapore's photography locations

#5 SINGAPORE'S ARAB QUARTER

Known to locals as the hipster area of Singapore, the Arab Quarter is home to bars, restaurants, quirky stores and ridiculously vibrant street art.

Like most places in Singapore, the Arab Quarter is best shot at night, so if you’re after colour, life and a little bit of action in your photographs, this is the place to be. You can even enjoy an ale or cocktail while you’re at it. Winning!

The best-dressed award in the Arab Quarter area definitely goes to the Sultan Mosque (or Masjid Sultan), the largest in Singapore and a truly impressive architectural feat with golden domes and huge prayer hall. A bonus fun trivia fact: each base of the golden domes is decorated with glass bottle ends, donated by poor Muslims during its construction so that everyone in the community could contribute. Pretty awesome.

HOW TO GET THERE

The nearest MRT station is Bugis (East West Line), which is 5min walk from Arab Street. Alternatively, you can walk from Kampong Glam area (5-10 min), or from Little India (10-15min).

PRO TIPS

The Arab Quarter is one of Singapore's best photography locations. It's the perfect place to push your long exposure game to the limit. It's also seriously colourful, so take a walk down a back alley or two and you might just stumble across some incredible street scenes.



#6 SINGAPORE'S CHINATOWN

Singapore’s Chinatown is home to some pretty amazing colonial and Chinese architecture, but what makes it really stand out are the splashes of colour throughout.

Bustling Pagoda street is filled with ethnic design pre-war shop houses with pastel wooden shutters, boasting a huge array of Chinese trinkets and and antiques - a total feast for the eyes.

HOW TO GET THERE

Catch the North-East MRT line to Chinatown station. It's super easy to find.

PRO TIPS

Get here early. Seriously, you'll be able to explore the colourful streets alone (almost), and when you're about to finish up, it'll be busy enough to get some colourful 'market' style shots.

Chinatown, one of Singapore's photography locations

#7 MAXWELL ST HAWKER HALL (or any Hawker Hall)

In Singapore they do food differently. 80-85% of the Singaporean population regularly eats at a Hawker Hall; halls of food stalls selling a variety of inexpensive yet delicious food to stuff your face with. You could say they’re kind of a big deal, and Singaporeans take their food very seriously.

Unsurprisingly, they're also an awesome place to photograph. The scenes are ever changing, the colours bright and vibrant, and there's a constant opportunity for portraits.

HOW TO GET THERE

The closest MRT station is Chinatown. Exit at Pagoda Street, and towards South Bridge Road. Maxwell St Hawker Hall is a short walk away, opposite the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

PRO TIPS

The light can be tricky here, so remember to bring a tripod for some interesting long exposures. We found shop owners to be very keen for photographs, so aim for a portrait or two.

Maxwell Road, one of Singapore's photography locations

#8 BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE

Okay, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple might not evoke the same feels as a 15th century Wat in Luang Prabang, but it's still one of the best Singapore photography locations. Built in 2007, the imposing red exterior draws photographers from all over looking to put their wide angle lenses to use, while the ornate interior is perfect for detail photography.

Admission to the temple is free - just remember to respect your surrounds.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take the MRT to Chinatown station and take Exit A at Pagoda Street and turn right at South Bridge Road.

PRO TIPS

There's beautiful moments to be photographed in this place of worship - stay near where incense are offered, and let the moments guide photography. Remember to respect your subject and ask before you photograph (where possible).

buddha tooth relic temple - one of Singapore's photography locations
buddha tooth relic temple - one of Singapore's photography locations

#9 ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM, MARINA BAY

Opened in 2011 to much fanfare, the ArtScience museum, located on the shores of Marina Bay, is one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in Singapore. It's exterior is reminiscent of a lotus flower and it's angles are a dream for photographers looking for something incredible to add to their instagram feed.

The museum is also surrounded by reflective pools filled with lotus flowers, allowing for some great reflection snaps.

HOW TO GET THERE

Catch either the Circle Line and Downtown Line of Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system to Bayfront Station. Exit towards Marina Bay.

PRO TIPS

Using a polariser, if you have one, will add an extra crispness to your reflection photos. Also, sunrise or sunset will provide the best light, when the angles of the ArtScience museum take on new colours.

ArtScience museum Singapore - Singapore photography locations
ArtScience museum Singapore - Singapore photography locations

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