8 IG-Worthy Buildings In SG To Add To Your Next Weekend Photowalk


Shasha Dania •  Oct 27, 2020

Itching to go out over the weekend, but don't feel like exploring a nature park? Get your dose of vitamin D in by going on a photowalk around Singapore's hippest neighborhoods instead! ? From Chinatown to Tiong Bahru, the architecture of Singapore holds so much history - and looks great for the 'gram too! Here are 8 Instagrammable buildings in Singapore to add to your weekend plans.

Tiong Bahru

1. Moh Guan Terrace

Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest public housing projects in Singapore, with unique and charming flats dating back to the prewar period! The entire neighbourhood is already a hipster haven, and the horseshoe-shaped curved flats at Moh Guan Terrace are a prime example of the Art Deco style you can see across the area. These unique apartments are full of curves, lines, and symmetry you can play with for the perfect shot. ?

P.S. Dedicating a day to exploring this hip neighbourhood? This Muslim-friendly guide to Tiong Bahru is just what you need!

Location: Moh Guan Terrace, Singapore 161048

How to get there: 7-minute walk from Tiong Bahru MRT station

Bugis/Kampong Gelam

2. Golden Mile Complex

For a bolder shot, head to Golden Mile Complex along Beach Road for one of the most well-known examples of Brutalist architecture in Singapore. Characterised by its strong 'blocky' forms and exposed concrete, the building is great for playing with lines and light. Go when the sun is at its peak so you can see how the shadows cut across the surfaces.

#HHWT Tip: Once it gets too hot, you can always pop into The Projector next door for a movie, or head to Golden Mile Food Centre across the road for some delicious halal food! ?

Location: 5001 Beach Rd, Singapore 199588

How to get there: 10-minute walk from Bugis MRT station

3. Parkview Square

Also known as the 'Gotham' building for its American Gothic-style gargoyles and statues, Parkview Square is definitely one of the most striking office buildings in Singapore! Its dark and imposing exterior feels like it came right out of a Batman comic, and its courtyard is full of interesting statues and artpieces too.

Location: 600 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188778

How to get there: 3-minute walk from Bugis MRT station (Downtown Line exit)

4. The Gateway

Located right next to Parkview Square is The Gateway, a building that doesn't look 3D at first glance! ? It was actually designed by the world-famous architect I.M. Pei using a trapezoid shape that creates a 'flat' illusion from a certain angle.

Location: 150 Beach Rd, Singapore 189720

How to get there: 3-minute walk from Bugis MRT station (Downtown Line exit)


5. People's Park Complex

Today People's Park Complex seems deserted with its shuttered stores and empty hallways. But when it was first built in the 1970s, this towering building was actually pretty revolutionary for its time! ? Its mix of commercial stores and residential units envisioned a new way to work and live in the same spot, and the residential units are exactly what have created the unique IG-worthy backdrop it's now known for.

Its open carpark is also one spot where it pays to visit when it rains! Combined with the reflection of a rain puddle, the air-conditioned facade looks even more mesmerising. ? It actually reminds us of some of the IG-worthy buildings in Hong Kong! You can even get a great panoramic view of the Central Business District from here - or pay a visit to these 8 other scenic spots in SG for a truly breathtaking view of the city.

Location: 1 Park Rd, Singapore 059108

How to get there: 5-minute walk from Chinatown MRT station

Civic District

6. National Gallery Singapore

A favourite photo spot for couples, families, and friends alike, the National Gallery Singapore is full of IG-worthy locations both inside and out!

Located in the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, the museum blends the colonial and contemporary styles together to create some truly stunning sights. ?

Plus the exhibits are free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents so it's a good way to spend an afternoon out! ?

Location: 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957 

How to get there: 10-minute walk from City Hall MRT station

Joo Chiat/Katong

7. Koon Seng Road

This IG-worthy street is one of the most popular photo spots in the Joo Chiat and Katong neighbourhood! ? Lined by heritage shophouses in bright pastel shades, a photo along the Peranakan Shophouses at Joo Chiat Road and Koon Seng Road is a must-have for any intrepid urban explorer.

While you're there, look out for the art murals scattered around the area too! Katong is just one of the areas in Singapore that's full of stunning street art done by local artists. Here are 10 of the most amazing street art in SG to add to your weekend to-do list! Don't forget to stop by some of Paya Lebar's best halal eateries to recharge after a day outdoors. ?

Location: Koon Seng Rd OR 287 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427540

How to get there: 15-minute walk from Paya Lebar or Eunos MRT station

The heartlands

8. The Interlace

Queenstown isn't the first neighbourhood that might come to mind when you're searching for IG-worthy spots. But located along the west coast is the award-winning Interlace! The hexagonal arrangement of the blocks give it a strikingly distinct neofuturistic look. Afterwards, reconnect with the greener side of life with a stroll through the nearby Southern Ridges and Henderson Waves! ?

Location: 180 Depot Rd, Singapore 109684

How to get there: 20-minute walk from Labrador Park MRT station, or 30-minute walk from Queenstown MRT station

Get your cameras ready - it's time to up your Insta-game! ?