Instagram is one of the world’s leading social media apps with over 500 million users to date. With everyone posting gorgeously cute selfies and perfect landscapes that make us wish we were there too, it is no wonder that there is always competition when it comes to who has the better Instagram feed. People take extra efforts in editing their photos to their ultimate best and brave inclement weather and judgmental snickers just to get the perfect shot, so what is a little hassle in finding an aesthetic background? Nowadays, having a beautifully edited photo isn’t enough, you need a beautiful feed too! With so many factors to consider, it can be hard to maintain the perfect feed.
Singapore may be small, but it still has quite a few picture-perfect spots that are worthy of an aesthetic feed. To help your Instagram feed get to its full potential, visit these 13 Instagram-worthy spots in Singapore for some inspiration.
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1. Jewel Changi Airport
Upon entering the Jewel, visitors are greeted with a magnificent sight of a 40-meter-tall (around 130 feet) Rain Vortex, with hundreds of gallons of water spilling over the rim of a huge oculus in the middle of a torus-shaped glass dome. Flanking the artificial cascade is a lush green terrace garden spanning over four storeys, home to 2,000 trees and palms and more than 100,000 shrubs from 120 species. As you make your way up from Level 1 to the Canopy Park on Level 5, don’t forget to snap some photos of the majestic rush of the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Try shooting in the afternoon to catch a glimpse of a rainbow amongst white foam of the cascade created by sunlight refracted through the spray.
Jewel Changi Airport
Address: 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Access: Take the MRT to the Changi Airport Station (CG2). Jewel is accessible via link bridges located at level 2 of Terminals 2 and 3.
From Terminal 1: Jewel is connected to the Arrival Hall (level 1) of Terminal 1.
From Terminal 2: a 5 to 10-minute walk via a link bridge from the Departure Hall (level 2) of Terminal 2 (near row 1)
From Terminal 3: a 5 to 10-minute walk via a link bridge from the Departure Hall (level 2) of Terminal 3 (near row 11)
From Terminal 4: Take the free airport shuttle bus service that plies between Terminal 4 and Terminal 2 and then proceed from Terminal 2
Website: Jewel Changi Airport
2. Rochor Centre
Completed in 1977, Rochor Centre is one of Singapore’s most iconic Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) buildings, consisting of four colours, red, green, blue and yellow. These brightly coloured blocks have been an aesthetic and vibrant background for many, adding a local Singaporean touch. Head up to the rooftop to get a better shot of these towering blocks, as well as an #ootd (Outfit of the Day) shot if you are feeling dressy and confident.
However, like every good thing that comes to an end, it is indeed saddening to hear that Rochor Centre will be demolished soon. This iconic building will soon be a memory as it makes way for the construction of a new North-South expressway. Many long-time residents were devastated to hear the news, as they made many fond memories at Rochor Centre while growing up. As for the younger generation, it would be nice to snap a picture with these iconic blocks before it is too late to say goodbye.
Address: 1 Rochor Rd, Singapore 180001
Opening Hours: 9 am - 9 pm daily
Access: near Bugis MRT Station, just outside the central business district
3. National Gallery Singapore
Home to two of the most historic landmarks in Singapore, the National Gallery Singapore (NGS) comprises the former Supreme Court and City Hall. With its breathtaking infrastructure and state-of-the-art buildings, you don’t even have to enter the galleries to get an aesthetic background. Pose next to the intricately designed columns; taking a picture here will definitely not get you judged.
The sprawling museums sure are a joy to look at and, of course, there is plenty to pose with. And yet it probably won’t be just the exhibitions that steal your heart, but the Victorian furnishings and the air of grandeur that makes this place oh-so-stunning. Wander across the smooth marble floors and stop for a smile, or your get your feed on the creative side by wearing a mask or helmet to add to the fun factor.
National Gallery Singapore
Address: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, 178957
Price: from 14.40 USD for general admission. More promos and details on the website
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday & public holidays: 10 am - 7 pm, Friday to Saturday & eve of public holidays: 10 am - 10 pm
Access: near City Hall MRT Station
Contact: +65 6271 7000
Website: National Gallery Singapore
Tip from our local expert
National Gallery is probably the most instagrammable museum in Singapore. Spend at least half a day at the museum, browsing through permanent as well as temporary exhibits! Even if you are not into history or arts, you can easily find instagrammable corners and backdrops anywhere in the building! My favourite spots in the gallery are: Rotunda dome, roof garden, link bridges, City Hall Chamber, Supreme Court Terrace (you get to see the outside of the Rotunda Dome). Enjoy, fellow Instagrammers!
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4. Paddy Hills
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
Having taken over the space of once-popular Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice, Paddy Hills is known for producing one of the most photogenic dishes that will make anyone who visits your feed do a hasty double take. An instant like of approval, for we have never seen food look so great before.
To pull off food pictures, opt for a top view shot so that every glorious detail will be captured. Also, it always looks nice to have more on the table for variety, so order up and have a feast when you are done with your mini photo shoot!
Apart from the highly photogenic food, help yourself to an #ootd shot with the wall mural outside. The cute doodles on top of the plain white wall have proved to be a hit with many, so hop on the bandwagon for it is never too late to start posing!
Address: 38 South Buona Vista Road, 118164
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.30 am - 5 pm, 6 - 10 pm, weekends: 9 am - 5 pm, 6 - 10 pm
Access: near Har Par Villa MRT Station
Contact: +65 6479 0800
Website: Paddy Hills
Filled with traditional shops and joyful laughter, Chinatown is the place to go if you would like a historic background that screams vibrant and cheerful. Head down to Pagoda Street, famous for the many small souvenir stalls it holds, a fantastic place if you would like to snap the traditional buildings and Chinese lanterns.
Who says that an aesthetic feed always has to include an image of you standing in front of some well-known background? For a change, try a low-angle shot of something people always tend to not notice: your shoes! Shoes are usually the things to complete and establish a certain look or outfit, and hence deserve as much credit as they can get. Count 1, 2, 3 and stand still! Shoe pictures are exceptionally nice, especially if there is a nice tiled background to pair them with.
Address: 2 Banda Street, Singapore 059962
Access: Chinatown MRT Station
Book a tour to take you around the top sights in Chinatown so that you don’t miss out on the top Instagram-worthy shots.
6. Bukit Timah Railway Station
This old and torn railway station may not be of much importance to Singapore’s transportation system anymore, but that doesn’t mean it should be left unused! Feel free to sit down, lie down, or pose like it is for a Vogue cover; fearing oncoming trains is out of the question.
Rustic and tranquil, the countryside ambience of this disused railway station is great for pictures close up or from afar, so whether it is a full shot or a close-up one, you don’t have to be afraid that the rustic and bucolic architecture of the railway station won’t be caught on camera.
Bukit Timah Railway Station
Address: 1 Bukit Timah Railway Station, Singapore 599938
Access: 10-15 minutes walk from King Albert MRT Station
7. Coney Island
Rich in history with a wide range of wildlife lurking at every corner, Coney Island is the place to be if you would like a natural and wild background. From the unkempt greenery to the rutted and ungravelled flooring, it is time to channel your inner Tarzan as you swing by for an #ootd with nature.
Apart from the Insta-worthy natural landscapes, there are actually so many hidden gems yet to be discovered at Coney Island. The bird shelter, secret beach, abandoned building, and lalang (type of grass) fields are just some features to discover. Uncover more than just an aesthetic background, for beauty is within this wholesome place!
Opening Hours: 7 am - 7 pm
Access: take bus 84 from Punggol MRT to Punggol Rd End
Website: Coney Island
8. Gardens by the Bay
Located next to Marina Reservoir, Gardens by the Bay is most famous for its super-sized trees, all-inspired by Singapore’s very own national flower the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ (Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim). Your eyes won’t be able to see the purple branches of these majestic trees; they are between 9 and 16 stories tall and light up as soon as it gets dark. Brilliantly enchanting at night, the supertrees have lights that illuminate a different glow every few minutes. Take a quick snap before the light starts to change; these supertrees are beautiful solo or with a partner (aka you).
This magical place deserves to be visited with someone that tops your favourite-person list. Whether it is a best friend, a lover, or a family member, the views still stand the same, gorgeous as ever. Share that perfect moment with your favourite person, with the dazzling magical trees as the background, of course, for a picture that has a meaning deeper than simply aesthetics.
Gardens by the Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 5 am - 2 am daily
Access: follow the path of Exit B from Bayfront MRT Station
Contact: +65 6420 6848
Website: Gardens by the Bay
Enjoy skip-the-queue access and take unlimited snaps without breaking a sweat in these two cooled indoor attractions before heading out to enjoy the equally gorgeous Super Trees in Gardens by the Bay. Click on the link below for direct entry tickets
Tip from our local expert
Be sure to catch the music and lights show, Garden Rhapsody, at the Supertree Grove daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm. Each show lasts 15 minutes. See the Supertrees come to live either from ground level or head to a not-so-known location to see them from a higher ground (to save your neck from looking up).
Gothic architecture that brings you timeless enchantment, CHIJMES (pronounced ‘chimes’) is a historic building complex in Singapore that was once a chapel and school. The green lawns, marble waterfalls, courtyards, and neoclassical buildings make you think of a more gracious and elegant age, which is the same effect they give off in pictures.
This peaceful oasis is also perfect for experiencing Singapore’s laid-back nightlife. Have a few drinks and enjoy the natural tranquility and harmony of this otherworldly Gothic structure. Look out for the intricately designed spiral staircase and the magical main hall; these alluring spots are great venues for Insta-worthy snaps.
Address: 30 Victoria Street, 187996
Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily
Access: walk along Stamford Road and turn right at the junction of Stamford Road and Victoria Street from City Hall MRT
Contact: +65 6337 7810
10. Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands
To fly in the sky or to swim underwater? Experience the best of both worlds in this 150-metre (492-foot) infinity edge pool at the Marina Bay Sands, an effortless and stunning structure that gives you an amazing view of Singapore from 57 levels above.
From the impressive height of this stunning elevated pool, capture the glimmering city skyline from up above, or get a candid shot of you half immersed in the azure calm waters, a scenic background of Singapore’s tall skyscrapers right behind. This impressive photo-taking spot is far more than Insta-worthy, it is captivating and enticing, a spot everyone wishes to visit. Put on your best swimsuit; we aren’t kidding when we say we saved the best for last.
Infinity Pool at MBS
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
Price: you can only access the pool if you are a customer of the MBS Hotel. More promotions and details on the website
Opening Hours: 6 am - 11 pm daily
Access: 5-minute walk from Bayfront MRT Station
Contact: +65 6688 8868
Website: Infinity Pool at MBS
11. Singapore Zoo
Capture some great memories with the animals at the Singapore Zoo, where cleanliness and friendly staff awaits. While many activists oppose zoos, note that the Singapore Zoo aims to protect animals that face extinction in the wild. Head over to the orangutangs enclosure, where they clamber and swing overhead with obvious delight. Or perhaps head over and be amazed at the sight of the rare tigers - majestic and aloof at times.
The Dragons and Beasts section of the zoo has a wonderful sign that people enjoy standing in front of. It makes for an interesting backdrop to your next Instagram post. Throughout the Zoo, the natural habitats of the animals are emphasized.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826, Singapore
Website: Singapore Zoo
12. Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a stunning example of modern urban architecture and engineering. The huge wheel not only presents an opportunity for selfies but also brings the amazing Singapore skyline into view. As the wheel takes about 40 minutes to do a full revolution, there’s plenty of time to capture the gorgeous backdrop on camera. Do look out for special events where you may chance upon the opportunity to dine in a cabin. The best time said to embark on a ride? Sunset.
Each Ferris Wheel platform has space for 28 people, so perhaps you could ask other people to take your photo while you enjoy the views behind you. If you go along in the early evening, the colors are wonderful.
Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
Website: Singapore Flyer
13. Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is one of Singapore’s museums that focuses on contemporary art in Southeast Asia. From paintings and sculptures to installation art and moving media, get your cameras ready for this visual feast that changes every few months. Strike a pose under the artistic props and vibrant art; the exhibitions aren’t only enticing to your eyes, but enticing on your feed too!
Artsy exhibitions aside, be sure to check out the ‘selfie machine’, also known as the photo booth. With only three seconds to adjust your hair and flash that perfect smile, give it your all for each snap, for it costs 1.40 USD for 2 strips of mini selfies (one in colour, the other in black and white). Also, what can beat taking a picture of a picture? Choose a fanciful background (or a plain one) that goes well with your pictures … and voila! This picture of a picture is not only creative, but also aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Singapore Art Museum
Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Price: from 14.40 USD for adults. More details on the website
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm, Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Access: Bras Basah MRT Station (120 metres / 394 feet)
Contact: +65 6589 9580
Website: Singapore Art Museum
Road to an aesthetic feed
Even though we have introduced 13 breathtaking aesthetic spots for your feed to have good variation, it is sometimes still hard to curate an amazing feed in which the pictures fit well with each other. Here is some advice from Instagram gurus: use a similar edit for all your photos so as to ensure your feed is constant, and make sure it looks like a big puzzle in which all the jigsaw pieces match. Also, resist the urge to post photos that you know will not fit in your feed. If it’s really funny or too beautiful and you feel the urge to share it, take it to Twitter instead! Use the different media platforms to your advantage.
That didn’t sound that hard, right? We hope this article was useful for you to be on the way to an aesthetic feed!
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