Singapore is a stunning city, and there's no lack of places for you to photograph. But depending on your area of interest, there are many different places to go. Whether it is architecture, people, flora or fauna you like photographing, there’s something for every aspiring photographer!
As a city, Singapore has no lack of stunning buildings for you to photograph. Iconic structures are juxtaposed with carefully preserved and restored heritage buildings, creating a unique cityscape. If you only have half a day to spare for photographic exploration – perhaps you’re on a stopover? – then the part of the city to head to is definitely Marina Bay. Easily accessible by MRT, there are numerous stations for you to get off at. Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16) will bring you straight to Marina Bay Sands, and from there you can easily walk to Gardens by the Bay. Make a circuit around the bay, and you’ll reach the Merlion Park too.
Tip! Take the bumboat tour for a quick overview trip around Marina Bay and along the Singapore River, which will showcase everything from the skyscrapers of the CBD to the quaint shophouses and colonial heritage buildings along the river and architectural gems around the bay.
Other places of interest: Chinatown, Little India and Joo Chiat
It’s not for nothing that Singapore gained the epithet of Garden City. From the time you touchdown at Changi Airport, you will be greeted by lush tropical greenery, and the city will only blossom further as you explore it. Any of the public parks and gardens
in Singapore provide green spaces for visitors and residents alike, but the best spots for photographing greenery remain the big names. Gardens by the Bay, of course, is easily accessible via Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16) and houses an array of plants from all over the world. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is another must-visit. Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, it is just a short bus ride from Orchard MRT Station (NS22) to the Tanglin Gate. Alternatively, get off at Botanic Gardens MRT Station (CC19/DT9). Of special note is the National Orchid Garden within the Singapore Botanic Gardens. As Singapore’s national flower, the orchid holds a special place in our hearts. The National Orchid Garden is where you can view over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids on display. Do note that while entry to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is free, the National Orchid Garden is ticketed.
Other places of interest: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Pulau Ubin and the Southern Ridges
Who doesn’t love animals? Singapore’s wildlife reserves are multi-award winning, and for good reason. There are no cruel metal cages for the animals here. Instead, the animals are housed in enclosures that as closely resemble their natural environments as possible. They also provide great experiences for the whole family. Furthermore, the wildlife reserves also work hard to raise awareness about conservation efforts, which is especially important in Asia where the smuggling and consumption of endangered animal parts can be rampant and require constant vigilance. The Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari are all conveniently located at the same area in Mandai, so whether you want to take photographs of pandas, polar bears, crocodiles, big cats or deer, just head there. Take bus number 927 from Choa Chu Kang MRT Station (NS4) or bus number 138 from Ang Mo Kio (NS16). Jurong Bird Park is another gem, situated in the western part of the city in Jurong – take bus number 194 or 251 from Boon Lay MRT Station (EW27) if you can’t get enough of feathered flocks. Do remember to be considerate and not use the flash on your camera, especially at the Night Safari as this causes the animals distress!
Other places of interest: MacRitchie Reservoir for wild monkeys, squirrels and other animals
Engagements, Weddings and Romance
If home is where the heart is, why not romance? Singaporean couples have a custom of going the whole nine yards in gowns, heels and suits before getting a professional photoshoot done before their wedding, but there’s no reason why you can’t DIY something similar yourself while on holiday in Singapore with a tripod and a remote shutter release. Dress however you wish, and hit up these popular wedding photoshoot venues! Apart from the parks and gardens mentioned above, the museums of Singapore are hot favourites too – especially the National Museum of Singapore, the oldest museum in Singapore. The colonial beauty of the building is juxtaposed with modern glass elements and the various sculptures dotted around the building add to the spots of interest where you can pose for photos. Another museum you can check out is the Singapore Art Museum. Do obey the museums’ rules for photography indoors though.
For those who prefer the outdoors, Sentosa’s beaches during sunset are another popular destination. For something with a truly Singapore flavor though, you can’t miss Marina Barrage. A wide-angled lens at the top of Marina Barrage will capture the best of the Marina Bay cityscape in your photo’s background.
Other places of interest: Hort Park, Fort Canning Park, Mount Faber, the Helix Bridge at Marina Bay Sands