The Best Spots to Capture Singapore’s Skyline



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Back then in 2005, My friend and I used to be a foreign student in Singapore. On the weekend, we were so lazy to go back home because nobody who greeted us, alone abroad and we just killed the time around Esplanade waiting for sunrise, sleeping on the roof with a million stars.

And ten years ago, this futuristic architecture from Marina Bay Sands, Garden By the Bay, Art Science Museum, Helix Bridge, Jubilee Bridge and Singapore Flyer, they never exist until 2009 and 2010.

Singapore is small indeed, but it’s a dynamic country. If you come to Singapore 5 years ago, and come back again,  you might never realize some places you visited on your next visit. Over the last 50 years, Singapore has transformed into a vibrant island city illuminated skyscraper at night.

Look at the transformation of Raffles Place’s below, within less than 30 years, it turns out to be bustling skyscraper, as the backdrop for Merlion, the icon of Singapore.



And in 2016… 


The Raffles Place’s Skyscraper has numerous changes in three decades, from there were nothing behind the famous colonial building named Fullerton Hotel located near the mouth of the Singapore River, and now, this a five-star luxury hotel is adorned with modern architecture, becoming an amazing night view and a great spot for capturing Night Skyline photography.

However, there are a lot of spots to hunt Singapore’s (night) Skyline.


 1. Esplanade

Esplanade viewed from Jubilee Bridge

Esplanade viewed from Marina Bay Site

Can you see how spectacular the color of twilight behind Esplanade viewed from Jubilee Bridge. Esplanade is a unique Singapore’s architecture, the roof was inspired by Durian Spikes, yeah, that controversial fruit native to Southeast Asia, people either love it or hate it. AND, you can be fined IF you bring this fruit into public transportation in Singapore.

Esplanade is a  60,000 square meters theater for performing art located in Marina Bay.

Esplanade viewed from Helix Bridge

Esplanade viewed from Helix Bridge

2. Fullerton

Fullerton Hotel is very contrast among its group, surrounded by modern bustling Raffles Place’s skyscraper, this colonial building looks stand out with its elegant architecture, built in February 1924. Formerly known as  The Fullerton Building.

Amazing view if you take late afternoon shot.

Fullerton Hotel viewed from Helix Bridge

Fullerton Hotel viewed from Helix Bridge


  3. Merlion Park

Wanna join an obligatory photo shoot stop for tourist who visit Singapore ? 🙂 , Merlion statue, the national symbol of Singapore.

By taking photo a few meters from the Merlion Park, we can capture several Singapore’s Landmarks at once  with the statue, such as Singapore Flyer, Unique Art Science Museum building, Helix bridge and Marina Bay Sands. They look amazing at night with the lighting. Don’t forget, there’ll be a light and water show from Marina Bay Sand after dark, around 8 pm to 9 pm. Great stuff for night skyline photography.



4. Jubilee Bridge

The Jubilee Bridge is the 220 m long pedestrian bridge links the Esplanade promenade to Merlion Park, it was opened one month earlier to allow Singaporean to bid their farewell to the Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s state Funeral Procession, on March 2015.

Jubilee Bridge

Raffles Place’s Skyscraper and Jubilee Bridge


Juibilee Bridge

Juibilee Bridge

5. Helix Bridge

The Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Center with Marina South, to reach Art Science Museum,  Marina Bay, Cloud Forest and Garden by the bay, the entire bridge was officially opened on 18 July 2010.

The unique thing is, the architecture of this bridge was inspired by the form of the curved DNA structure.

Helix Bridge at Day

Helix Bridge at Day


Helix Bridge at Night

Helix Bridge at late afternoon, gorgeous lights surrounding river area.

6. Art Science Museum

Opened on 17 February 2011, Art Science Museum hosts touring exhibitions curated by other museums. Since it’s opened, I’ve seen some cool exhibitions focus on the fusion of art and science. They are;

  • van Gogh Alive – the Exhibition
  • Dalí: Mind of a Genius – The Exhibition
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Escher’s World of Wonder

FOUR!!?? Not bad, huh..

Yeah, I’m such a nerd and weird geek who’s always a thirst for world knowledge, I love it how my neighbor has this amazing lotus-shaped architecture called Art SCIENCE museum. Science, that magical word to make us stay sensible and logical.

art science museum

Art Science Museum at late afternoon shot with its fantastic backdrop, Raffles Place’s Skyline.

Singapore Science museum


Again, still Raffles Place’s Skyline viewed from Art Science Museum, unfortunately, it’s take during Haze from the neighbor ,- Indonesia (Ooops..). The visibility was short, foggy and can’t see the blue sky.

This photo was taken in 2011 when the pond was still empty, and we can see the reflection of Raffles Place’s Skyline.




And, I got this quite different scene in 2016, Lotus Flowers floating in the surrounding pond at Art Science Museum. Which one you prefer ? The empty pond with Skyline’s reflection or the pond with Lotus Flowers..


7. Marina Bay Sand

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011, known as the world’s most expensive standalone Casino. It has laser show daily in the evening, you can experience the wonder of Southeast Asia’s largest light and water show, the combination of light music and sound.

The best view to watch this light show is from Jubilee Bridge, opposite Marina Bay Sand , or sit near Esplanade, Merlion park. Meanwhile, the best view to watch the water show is in front of Marina Bay Mall.
light shows

light and water show


marina bay sand

marina bay sand during twilight

8. Singapore Flyer


Singapore flyer is the second highest Ferris Wheel in the world, would be a great place to watch Firework Shows in New Year Eve or Singapore’s Independence Day. Or, you can have a romantic sky dining in this capsule. Beautiful views both during day and night, viewing Singapore  through 360′ aerial panoramas, 165 m above ground level.




9. Garden By the Bay

Garden by the bay, adjacent to Marina Reservoir, a 250 acres of reclaimed land in Singapore to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. Opened in June 2012, and you can relax and enjoy this place for free except for certain areas.

There’s a daily light show around at 8 pm in this garden, so.. be ready with your DSLR !! Don’t miss the spectacular lights from these SUPERTREES. Epic..



Garden by the Bay at Twilight



A night view of Supertrees.




Apart from the light show performance of this amazing skyline, Massive Firework shows in New Year Eve is also a great capture for night skyline photography hunter. So, got plans for new year already ?



authorRahma loves writing & reading before she knows how to write and read. A geek who loves her spirit of individuality and has traveled solo since her early age. She blogs in order to share information, not for being the main character of her blog. 

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