Ryan Cheng started his photography journey 10 years ago. He is always on the look-out for unique and creative ways to capture a moment. He began his photography journey as a hobbyist landscape photographer when he was younger. Today, Ryan is a wedding photographer in addition to shooting at events like fashion shows, taking photos of landscapes, capturing personal keepsake photography like family portraiture and photographing newborns. In this article, Ryan shares his favourite Instagrammable spots around Singapore that you can easily visit on your next photography escapade!
I recently visited the new Jurong Lake Gardens located at Yuan Ching Road that just opened its doors to the public. Since its opening, it has proven to be a hit for photographers with its well-designed landscapes and ponds. This new garden is a photography treasure trove for photographers and visitors with many Instagrammable spots. Here are some gems I’d like to recommend shooting at if you’d like to up your Instagram game around our little red dot!
1. Logs Trail
The slightly uneven, neutral-coloured surface of the logs look great in pictures. Try getting a top-down view for a different perspective.
2. Rasau Walk
Towards the other end of the park is a curvy walking path called the Rasau Walk.This striking red boardwalk winds along the water’s edge, giving you an opportunity to spot cute animals like sea otters, or simply enjoy a romantic stroll with the cooling breeze.
3. A Bridge Between Habitats
A dome-shaped structure in the middle of the field makes a great observation spot for some up-close bird watching.
Fun fact: The grassland is an important habitat for many small bird species that feed on grass seeds and seek shelter in the area. It is surrounded by tall grass and a beautiful foreground with a lalang field.
4. The Lone Tree
To get a different perspective for a vast space with an object, try a lower angle so that the lone tree stands against the blue sky in the background, rather than messy HDB flats. The Lone Tree is not a living organism. It is actually a huge sculpture made from recycled iron parts.
During Sunset Hour, the silhouette created against the light during the sunset hour makes a rustic backdrop to capture a beautiful landscape shot or a great location for a pre-wedding or family portrait shoot.
5. Pottery Thow Kwang Industry Pte Ltd
Owned by the Tan family since 1965, they have been actively promoting awareness and a better understanding of pottery and the art of wood-firing, by conducting educational tours and pottery workshops for schools and the public since 2001.Inside the interior of the Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln, a dragon kiln comprises a long firing chamber built on a slope with many stoke holes on the side. The kiln is shaped like a dragon, with the head at the lower end and the tail at the upper end. The furnace is at the head of the dragon while pottery to be fired is arranged in the chamber on the ascending slope. The name “dragon kiln” may also be attributed to how it has a fiery, almost dragon-like appearance when being fired.
6. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The Sungei Buloh extension is also home to the Mud Experience. While most mangrove boardwalks around Singapore take visitors over the swamp, this one leads you down to its surface starting with this fun rope bridge at the beginning of the trail.
7. The Kingfishers Pod Boardwalk
Explore the beauty of mother nature from this walkway bridge also located inside the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Park.
8. Colour Lego Bridge
A hidden gem located 15 minutes away from Kranji MRT, this colourful bridge along Woodlands Road is near a workers’ dorm in Kranji Lodge. This vibrant pop art bridge structure that goes across Mandai River should definitely be your next Instagrammable spot if you’re into urban fashion as it will perfectly complement your OOTD!
9. Jurong Point Shopping Mall
Hop onto the green line on the MRT and you will land yourself in the westside of Singapore’s very own makeshift Mongkok Street in Jurong Point shopping mall. With its iconic neon signs, packed streets and unique vendor carts, you will feel like you’re in Hong Kong! It’s also a foodie’s paradise with restaurants that serve both authentic dim sum and roasted meat along with other delicacies.
10. Blue Train Station
Queenstown MRT station is only one stop away from Redhill MRT and is located on the green line. Hop out and take a picture of this photogenic station. While Redhill station is filled with pink coloured walls, Queenstown is filled with blue walls.
11. Antique Peranakan House
Discover Singapore’s Peranakan heritage on this short trail through Katong and Joo Chiat. Peranakan culture in Singapore has roots tracing all the way back to 1819, during the arrival to Sir Stamford Raffles. Local people of the Malay Archipelagos used the word ‘Peranakan’ to address foreign immigrants who established families in the Straits of Southeast Asia.
These colourful “Peranakan” houses are now under preservation in Singapore. What I found really cute about this stretch of houses is that each one of them is painted in a different shade, adding an instant burst of colour to an otherwise dull street. As such, this street attracts tourists from around the world who come here to take a self-portrait or an OOTD with this backdrop.
I hope this article will help you take your Instagram game up a notch!