Looking for alternative places to take your #OOTD shots? Want to spice up your Instagram feed but not sure how to? Let us be of assistance with this short but comprehensive guide on the most Insta-worthy places around Singapore!
#1 Toa Payoh Dragon Playground
Quite literally the last of its kind, the Toa Payoh Dragon Playground is one of the few relics from the past that stirs fond memories of our childhood. This sand-based structure was phased out after 1993 due to safety concerns but remains standing at Block 28 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, perhaps as a way to remind ourselves to never lose the Singaporean identity.
Getting there: You can either choose to take a 15 minute walk from Toa Payoh MRT, or take buses 8, 26, 31, 90, 142, 235, 238 to the opposite of Toa Payoh Stadium before taking a five minute walk to the playground.
#2 People’s Park Complex
Looking for a chio backdrop for your #OOTD shots? Say no more. Explore a retro side to Singapore rather than the usual modernised look we seem to find everywhere nowadays. The aged yellow exterior of the People’s Park Complex coupled with the “To Lift Lobby” sign are all the ingredients you need to cook up a bumpin’ Instagram feed.
Getting there: It’s a minute walk from Chinatown MRT’s Exit C. Enter via the carpark behind the building for a wider view of the building!
#3 Tree Top Walk
Get your hiking boots and gear up. It’s time to go an adventure at the MacRitchie Reservoir…to take selfies! This iconic free-standing suspension bridge is famous amongst the Instagram community for the scenic views and endless photo opportunities it provides. Great pictures like these do come at a cost as you have to go on a small hike in order to reach the tree top walk!
Getting there: For the shortest route possible, take bus 166 from Ang Mo Kio Interchange and alight opposite Flame Tree Park. From there, walk into Venus Drive. There, you will find a carpark and a hiking route you can take to reach the tree top walk.
#4 Helix Bridge
Why not be a tourist in your own country and visit the Helix Bridge for your #Feedgoals? Take in the awesome view of the bay from the viewing platforms located on the bridge, or snag an #OOTD shot with the complex but magnificent looking spirals of the bridge in the background. For the best results, snap a shot at the Helix Bridge after nightfall once it’s illuminated in its full glory of dazzling lights. The opportunities are endless here, just remember to be patient with the large number of tourists milling about and taking pictures of their own!
Getting there: You can gain access to the bridge from either ends – by walking from Marina Bay Sands (Bayfront MRT) or from The Float @ Marina Bay (Esplanade MRT).
#5 Coney Island
Coney Island is perfect for the Instagrammer who prefers putting in a bit of ‘sweat’ to get that one-of-a-kind photo. If you’re here to just take that mainstream panoramic photo in front of the large gated ‘Coney Island’ sign, we urge you to explore this place further! Snap some photos at the stables while riding a horse or rent a vintage bike to venture around. Just don’t forget your insect repellent and sunscreen!
Getting there: Take the train to Punggol MRT and take bus 84 from the interchange. Alight at Punggol Road end and follow the signs to Coney Island’s west entrance.
#6 Chinese Garden
The Chinese Garden in Singapore is the best place to go for if you’re looking to shoot landscape shots. This place is well known for the lush and expansive greenery, beautiful pagodas as well as a scenic view of the Jurong lake. While you’re in the vicinity, why not check out The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum for something out of the ordinary?
Getting there: Alight at Chinese Gardens MRT station and take a five minute walk across the road to reach the Chinese Gardens. You’ll be able to locate the towering pagoda easily from the MRT, so don’t worry about getting lost.
#7 Library @ Orchard Gateway
The library at Orchard Gateway has become the new courtyard for hipsters to congregate at. This two-story haven has all the features you need for that quality Instagram post: large windows for natural light, neatly arranged magazines for an aesthetically-pleasing look, as well as strategically designed bookshelves for that glorious panorama shot.
Getting there: The nearest MRT would be Somerset. Walk to Orchard Gateway (the building beside [email protected]) and take the escalator up to the third or fourth floor to find the library.
#8 Changi Airport
The huge departure signage at Changi Airport is another iconic photo for Instagrammers bitten by the wanderlust bug. The illuminated flight numbers and destinations make a great backdrop for an epic wefie or even a solo shot right below it. The best part? You won’t need to buy a ticket to take a picture there.
Getting there: When taking the green line on the MRT, alight at Tanah Merah and switch over to the middle platform to take the train to Changi Airport. You can travel to any of the terminals via the Skytrain available.
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