A video of a slide at Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4) has gone viral on Facebook. The video, which shows user Yusuf El Askary scanning his boarding pass and taking the slide to the transit area, has been shared about 60,000 times since it was posted by travel account Unilad Adventure. It has also been viewed by some 51 million people.
The slide is not the only attraction in Changi Airport that has garnered fame online. Instagram is peppered with images of T4’s playground, which opened last August and features a five-storey “Chandelier” with nets and poles for people to climb and slide down. The slide leads to the transit area where the playground is situated.
Other popular photo spots include the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport and a four-storey slide at T3.
This should not come as a surprise. After all, Singapore was voted the 10th most Instagrammable country in the world in January by travel publication Big 7 Travel. Acclaimed science-fiction TV show Westworld also recently filmed its third season in Singapore, picking places such as Esplanade and National Gallery Singapore to shoot at.
“We came here to Singapore because we wanted to find a place that looks like the future. There is no other place that combines incredible architectural marvels with the integration of nature, in which greenery is integrated with modernism,” Lisa Joy, co-creator of the series, remarked.
Here are 10 other places in Singapore which you can check out for the next picture-perfect Instagram post.
1. The former house of Tan Teng Niah
Search “Little India” on Instagram and you will find numerous photos of a colourful two-storey house that stands out from the other buildings in the area.
The former residence of its namesake Chinese businessman was built in 1900 and is the only Chinese villa that remains in Little India.
Tan Teng Niah owned a few factories in Serangoon Road that used sugarcane to make sweets, as well as a rubber smoke-house at Kerbau Road.
The conserved eight-room villa, at 37 Kerbau Road, is said to have originally been built for Mr Tan’s wife. It is listed in the National Heritage Board’s Little India Heritage Trail.
2. People’s Park Complex
An old open-air carpark at People’s Park Complex provides a good photo opportunity for people to pose against a mustard yellow block of Housing Board flats.
Built in the early 1970s in Chinatown, People’s Park Complex was one of the first few landmarks designed by Singapore architects.
Besides being a popular spot for people to take photos, its derelict carpark occasionally doubles up as an events space.
3. Haji Lane
Located in Kampong Glam, this hipster street lined with indie cafes and boutiques is a haven for those who are looking for a vibrant dynamic background. With lots of unique cafes and shops dotting the street, it is not only a good spot for photos but also to stop by for a drink.
The nearest MRT stop is Bugis Station, which brings you just 500m from the entrances. The famous wall art is located at Beach Road entrance. One interesting cafe worth a visit would be Selfie Coffee, where coffees are churned out with your selfie on top.
4. Bukit Timah Railway station
With most train lines located underground, this small stretch of railway with an outdoor station has been preserved since its closure in 2011. It was closed following the historic land swop agreement between the Singapore and Malaysia government which ended the rail service between Woodlands and Tanjong Pagar. The Bukit Timah Railway Station was owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu, the main railway operator in Malaysia.
One can get to the iconic rusting steel bridge from King Albert Park and enter from one end of the bridge.
5. The Hive
Good photo shots can also take place right at a university campus. Shaped like beehives, The Hive is located at 52 Nanyang Avenue and is a campus space in Nanyang Technological University.
The $45 million building, completed in 2015, was a finalist for the 2015 World Architecture Festival Commercial Mixed-Use Award and consists of 12 eight-storey towers arranged around a public atrium. It is where students are encouraged to mingle and “cross-pollinate”.
6. Spiral staircase at Fort Canning Park
One of the newest Instagram hot spots and wedding photo shoot locations, this spiral staircase is a favourite among photographers.
Visitors can get there via Dhoby Ghaut MRT station Exit A and walk towards Park Mall. It used to be an underpass connecting Fort Canning Road and Penang Road.
7. Hindhede Nature Park
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and a short walk from the main Bukit Timah Hill carpark, the Hindhede Quarry would definitely be a highlight. It was once an active quarrying site in the mid-1900s. Visitors can admire the flooded quarry with its open escarpment, where terrapins and fish can also be spotted in the water. The more adventurous can also head into the nature reserve for some outdoor fun.
8. Parkroyal on Pickering
Located at the heart of Singapore’s CBD, this eco-friendly hotel-in-a-garden looks a lot like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, where plants and trees cover one side of the hotel.
Its futuristic look prompted the Westworld creators to shoot there for the new season.
9. Joo Chiat Road
With the Singapore skyline consumed with skyscrapers, it is not always easy to be greeted with colonial-style architecture. However, at Joo Chiat Road, you can feast your eyes on colourful pastel two-storey Peranakan heritage shophouses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.
The area is just a quick 10-minute drive from the city and is also a great food destination, allowing you to kill two birds with one stone.
10. MacRitchie Reservoir
One of the oldest nature parks in Singapore, MacRitchie is sometimes overlooked by those hunting for a cool Instagram spot. Featuring numerous hiking trails, lakes, picnic sites and a treetop walk – a suspension bridge 25m above the forest – there are plenty of photogenic spots with that “wow” factor in this sprawling park.
The treetop walk gate closes at 5pm sharp and is closed on Mondays. It brings visitors to different stages of a mature secondary forest and is a 250m suspension bridge which connects the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie.