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Looking to spruce up your feed or for a place to have a milestone photoshoot? We’ve got you covered with this list of Insta-worthy spots in Singapore

This week, Singapore added another notch to its belt with the announcement that it was named the most Instagrammable place in the world in 2022, according to travel publication Big 7 Travel.

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The article on its annual hashtag tally stated that our city was full of incredible photo opportunities.

“In addition to permanent gems ... Singapore is one of Asia’s art hubs, there’s almost always an unique exhibit going on perfect for those ‘wow’ pics,” it wrote. 

The winners were chosen using a scoring system that analysed the number of hashtags per destination. It also took into account input from its global editorial team as well as sample survey results from its 1.5 million-strong audience. 

A total of 50 destinations were put on the list with Boracay in the Philippines coming in second and Oahu, Hawaii in third.

Paris, Istanbul and Dublin also ranked high on this list which has been published for the last four years now. 

In Singapore, we certainly know that our city is teeming with photo opportunities. From the majestic Gardens by the Bay to our rustic well-loved Haji Lane, there is no shortage of stunning spots to fill your Instagram feeds with. 

If you are hoping to do a photoshoot though, here’s a list of some popular and also lesser known photo gems in Singapore.

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1. Haji Lane

Haji Lane needs no introduction. With its narrow streets lined with funky bars, restaurants, and indie shops and its walls covered with colourful graffiti, it is a photographer’s haven. 

Take some time to really explore the area because we can almost guarantee that you will find unique photo spots at every turn.

2. The Swan Lake Gazebo

Remember when Miley Cyrus released her 2010 single When I Look At You for her romantic movie with Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song? In the music video, Cyrus is seen with a full grand piano on a pier accompanied by a gorgeous gazebo and lake behind her as she sings. That’s exactly what the Swan Lake Gazebo at the Singapore Botanic Gardens reminds us of.

Accessible from the southwest Tanglin Gate, this gazebo with its elegant wrought-iron detailing is hard to miss. With a little bit of skill, you can capture some breathtaking shots here.  

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3. The Peranakan Houses

With bright and pastel-coloured houses lining both sides of the street, these Peranakan houses are the perfect Instagram spot. 

Joo Chiat and the general Katong area is home to beautiful shophouses, good food and lesser-known local brands. You can bring your camera and make a whole day out of it. But be sure to remain respectful and not disturb the peace in the residential area!

4. Cloud Forest

Located within Gardens by The Bay, Cloud Forest is magnificent with its towering waterfalls, gorgeous foliage and abundance of Insta-worthy spots.

Did you know? Cloud Forest has one of the tallest indoor waterfalls in the world so this instantly makes it a must-visit spot for a picture. 

Take a few shots along the treetop walks as well—the result will be stunning.

5. The National Orchid Garden

The National Orchid Garden may be a lesser-known location but it is still just as beautiful a spot for photos. The garden is located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens and features over 1,000 species of orchids.

While there are many photo spots here, the green archways and giant bird cages are the most popular places to snap a picture.

6. The House of Tan Teng Niah

Located near Little India MRT station, the House of Tan Teng Niah is a colourful and rustic landmark that attracts many visitors looking to snap a pic for the 'gram. 

If you take your time there, you will likely find many different angles to capture your shots.

7. Redhill MRT Station

There are many really random spots around Singapore that are unexpectedly beautiful and Redhill MRT station is one of them. 

The station's unique bubblegum pink interior will give your Instagram feed an adorable pop of colour effortlessly.

8. Japanese Cemetery Park

Hidden in a small residential neighbourhood in Hougang, Japanese Cemetery Park is home to almost 1,000 Japanese civilian and soldier graves. 

Located at the cemetery are many trees that bear bright pink bougainvillaea flowers. These flowers look extremely similar to sakura flowers and provide an incredible backdrop for pictures. 

If you venture deeper into the cemetery, you will even find an archway decorated with flowers.

9. Macritchie Treetop Walk

A favourite for weekend hikers, Macritchie Treetop Walk is not just a great place to get in a good sweat. It is also a wonderful place for a good photo. 

Do bear in mind that the trek is a long one so if you’re hoping to dress up for the shoot, you will need to bear with the heat and also wear proper shoes to make the trek. 

We recommend wearing your chicest athleisure gear for this one. 

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10. Sang Nila Utama Garden

We don’t know about you but we certainly miss our quick and fuss-free trips to Bali. If you’re looking for somewhere that will quite literally transport you back to the bustling Indonesian streets, you have to visit Sang Nila Utama Garden.

The garden is located in Fort Canning Park, closer to Clarke Quay, and features a gorgeous Japanese split gate, reflective pools and stunning statues.  

11. Fort Canning Staircase

Fort Canning Staircase is a very popular spot among couples looking to shoot their wedding photos. 

It is located at the northern tip of Fort Canning Park and if you are patient enough to wait for the foot traffic to pass by, you will be left with a truly breathtaking set of photos.

12. Raffles Lighthouse

Is it really love if your Insta-boyfriend refuses to take a picture of you at the Raffles lighthouse? This lighthouse, which is notoriously known for being the toughest place to take pictures, is located on Palau Satumu, an island in the Singapore Strait. 

Visitors are only allowed during certain times of the year and you need a permit from the Maritime and Port Authority. Did we mention that you also need to take an hour-long ferry ride there?

After all, anything for the ’gram, right?

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