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Five Instagrammable spots to explore in Toa Payoh

With iconic playgrounds and retro backdrops, check out these five Insta-worthy spots in the heartlands of Toa Payoh.

Noreen Shazreen
Noreen Shazreen

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Published: 1 October 2021, 10:03 AM

The quaint little neighbourhood of Toa Payoh seems to have it all.

From iconic landmarks like the Dragon Playground to the lively wet markets and shopping malls, Toa Payoh has long been considered one of the most family-friendly districts in Singapore. 

As one of our nation’s oldest neighbourhoods, it also offers visitors the chance to learn more about its rich history and culture.

We decided to explore the heartlands of Toa Payoh and discovered several photogenic spots in the neighbourhood. Here is our list of five Insta-worthy locations in Toa Payoh!

1. Hexagonal Bridge at Toa Payoh Town Park

Need an escape from the stresses of the pandemic? Toa Payoh Town Park is the perfect place to escape for a nature retreat.

Just a five-minute walk from Toa Payoh MRT station, the park’s architecture provides a glimpse of nostalgia and peace of greenery.

In contrast to most modern parks, the Toa Payoh Town Park has a charm unmatched by those found at other locations.

Upon entering the park, a long white hexagonal bridge stretches over the pond, making it the perfect backdrop for visitors to take Insta-worthy photos.

 

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To capture a unique shot of the hexagonal bridge, place your subject in the left third of the frame, following the rule of thirds. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

With its lush greenery, mini waterfalls, and the sound of ripples created by small creatures in the pond, the hexagonal bridge at Toa Payoh Town Park provides a tranquil environment for those seeking a quiet getaway.

Address: Toa Payoh Town Park, Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

2. Arch Bridge at Toa Payoh Town Park

Whether you’re looking for a vintage backdrop or a retro touch to your photos, the arch bridge at Toa Payoh Town Park will do the trick.

Developed in the 1970s, the arch bridge was a popular location for wedding photography.

The nooks and crannies in the arch bridge, combined with the pebble stone flooring, gives the place a nostalgic look, making you feel as though you have been temporarily transported to a bygone era in Singapore.

 

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Frame your subject in the middle of the stone arch bridge to capture the stunning scenery encompassing the park. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

To capture the arch and its surrounding areas, consider having your subject sit on the steps of the bridge while striking various poses.

 

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Adding a vintage graphic tee and sunglasses completes the retro look. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

Besides being an Insta-worthy location, the lush greenery and surrounding ponds in the area make it an ideal spot for a date or a family picnic.

Address: Toa Payoh Town Park, Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

3. Rooftop Car Park at Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central

When you’re done exploring the photogenic spots at Toa Payoh Town Park, check out these colourful HDB blocks in Toa Payoh to liven up your Instagram feed!

Among a row of neighbourhood shophouses lies a trail of whimsical yellow and blue spiral staircases, providing a vibrant and quirky backdrop for your outfit of the day (OOTD) photos.

 

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Wear a dark coloured top to make the colours of the staircase stand out. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

With several of these eccentric staircases lining up at the blocks, you can create different perspectives for your shots.

 

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Consider shooting from a low angle and exploring different perspectives to get the best shot of the HDB block. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

Anyone who is tired of the dull colours at HDB flats or simply wants an exciting location to spice up their OOTDs should check out these staircases near Toa Payoh Public Library. You’ll be surprised at what these colourful staircases can offer to your photographs!

Address: Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 310186

4. Rooftop Car Park at Blk 190 Toa Payoh

While rooftop car parks are common in Singapore, the one at Blk 190 Toa Payoh is unique as it provides a glimpse of high-rise buildings in the heartland – some of which stands 40 storeys high.

 

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The high-rise buildings encircling the rooftop car park gives a sweeping view of Toa Payoh. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

Those who have difficulty posing can bring props such as a hat or a pair of sunglasses to feel more comfortable when being photographed. 

If your subject owns a bucket hat, get them to use it as a prop by adjusting it on their head for a more candid shot. 

 

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Consider framing your subject on the edge with their hand resting against their chin to achieve a lovely portrait while still including the Toa Payoh skyline. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

The slightly worn walls at the car park also add a rustic element to the photos, giving them a vintage feel.

Address: Blk 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310190

5. Toa Payoh Dinosaur Playground

While the retro Dragon Playground is undoubtedly one of Toa Payoh’s most popular attractions, the Dinosaur Playground located at Kim Keat Avenue is equally as exciting.

A resemblance to Jurassic Park, this playground is the perfect place for you to snap some photos with your friends! It consists of a giant brown tyrannosaurus standing about 3m tall, clutching five eggs by its side.

 

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Get a full shot of the dinosaur by framing your subject in the middle and taking a portrait photo. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

The surrounding off-white HDB blocks at the playground also add a nice touch to the backdrop, creating a nostalgic vibe. You can also use the outdoor red bench located at the playground as a vibrant and playful set for your next #BFF Instagram post.

 

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This outdoor red bench is the perfect addition for those seeking a pop of colour on their Instagram feed. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SARAH ALYSHA

 

Wearing matching accessories like a bucket hat also help to incorporate fun elements into the photo.

Address: Blk 27 Toa Payoh E, Singapore 310027

These are some hidden gems for your next photoshoot in the heart of Toa Payoh.

If you choose to visit any of these places, don’t forget to take some cute Instagrammable pictures!


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