Bay East Garden: Best Place to See Singapore City Skyline

Where are the best places to photograph the Singapore skyline?

There are the obvious ones: Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Pinnacle@Duxton, any high-rise buildings or rooftop bars. But all these spots share two major dilemmas: The spot is situated inside the central business district area, effectively eliminating half of your vantage point. And more often than not, it is the iconic landmark itself so you’ll have to sacrifice not having it on your picture.

Fret no more. Now it’s possible to capture Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer and the financial district of Raffles Place in one picture!

Singapore Skyline: Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Raffles Place, Singapore Skyline

In fact, you can even capture Gardens by the Bay and its two domes if you take panorama. And there’s also Esplanade there, but it’s not big enough for my amateur-level camera to capture; it’s high time for me to upgrade to DSLR!

But how exactly do you get to this excellent spot?

This place is called Bay East Garden. It’s a quiet, under-appreciated spot that nobody really cares to visit. There are two ways of getting here:

1. Take Bus 158 (from stations nearby to one of these MRT: Serangoon, Bartley, Tai Seng, Aljunied) then alight at Rhu Cross. A landmark to help you navigate your way to Bay East Garden is the Marina Bay Golf Course; or

2. From the main Gardens by the Bay (its MRT station is Bayfront), walk towards Marina Barrage and you’ll find a bridge to cross over to Bay East Garden.

From either option, you may need to walk about 10-15 minutes towards the middle of Bay East Garden before you get the best vantage point. I’ll personally recommend the second option, as the views along the route is less monotonous:

Singapore city skyline as viewed from Bay East Garden

Besides, you also get to sip in the beauty of the Supertree Grove and some amazing views from the top of Marina Barrage, such as the following:

Singapore city skyline as viewed from Marina Barrage

Ocean around Singapore as viewed from Marina Barrage

Bay East Garden is quickly becoming my favorite part of Singapore. I also stayed throughout the day to witness the magic of the night skyline. Totally worth it!

Singapore night skyline as viewed from Bay East Garden

Have you been to Bay East Garden? Where are your favorite places to photograph the Singapore city skyline?

If you like Bay East Garden, check other posts about Gardens by the Bay: the outdoor gardens, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the first picture! Singapore has changed so much since the last time I visited!!


    1. Andrew Darwitan says:

      Hi Constance, there have been a few recent developments indeed. You should drop by Singapore again sometimes. =)


  2. Tigerotor77W says:

    Hey Andrew! Just came across this post now. Am I reading correctly that the Bay East Gardens are on the same side of Marina Bay as the golf course is? Is there a footpath to get from the main Gardens exhibits to the Garden? And finally, does the entrance fee to the Gardens cover the Bay East Garden also?


  3. Tigerotor77W says:

    Oops, hit send too soon — thanks for any insight!

    I was in Singapore last year but didn’t get a chance to photograph the skyline much. Looking forward to it more this year!


    1. Andrew Darwitan says:

      Hi Tigerotor77W! Yes, it’s located on the same with Marina Bay Golf Course. It’s accessible through the main Gardens, though it’s quite some walk away (you have to pass through a bridge nearby Marina Barrage to the opposite side of the bay). And entrance to Bay East Garden is free of charge… =)


      1. Tigerotor77W says:

        Sweet! Thanks for the reply. I’ll give it a whirl!


  4. Great photos! I can’t believe how much has changed since I was last there ten years ago.


    1. Andrew Darwitan says:

      Indeed, the development is massive 🙂


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