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Five Instagrammable spots to explore in Yishun

These hidden gems will surely boost your Instagram game.

Amanda Tan
Amanda Tan

Skills include buying the same jeans in different colours.


Published: 17 November 2021, 11:48 AM

Ah yes, the ghetto of Singapore.

What could possibly be “Instagram-worthy” in the infamous Yishun? Well it seems that beyond the unusual grisly occurrences, the heartland actually has surprisingly picturesque spots that you can explore.

So grab your camera and get ready to snap away at these Insta-worthy places!

1. Spiral tower @ Yishun Pond Park

Overlooking Yishun Pond is a spiral tower with a uniquely shaped shade. Feel free to climb up the tower and admire the panoramic view from the vantage point. 

While the view isn’t all that spectacular, it has a charm of its own. A haven of tranquility, Yishun Pond Park is also a great place for you to get close to nature as it’s surrounded by all kinds of trees, shrubs and marshland plants.

 

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It’s also a good place for those who enjoy people-watching as it overlooks residential areas and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/HANEY AFIQAH

 

Plus point is that just across the pond, there’s a whole stretch of quaint cafes you can patronise. The well-known Jing Si Books & Cafe is also there.

Address: Yishun Central, Singapore 760323

2. Yishun Dam

While it’s next to a bustling causeway, Yishun Dam still makes for a cool picture with its un-Singapore-looking terrain.

Let out your inner-child and run against the wind. You can even pretend like you’re in some K-pop music video. 

Anything for the ‘gram, right?

 

If you plan on climbing down the rocks, do be wary of the sharp edges. Also watch your step as some of them tend to slide. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/HANEY AFIQAH

 

Something unique I noticed was that as the dam stretches pretty far, there are different segments to the terrain. The first 30m looks similar to a field with long grass rustling in the wind. 

The next 50m or so has black sand – a natural occurrence or simply polluted by international waters, I have no idea – and it makes for a scenic beach. The last one-third is a mangrove swamp.

With varying ambiences, you can expect to snap a lot of contrasting pictures at just one location.

Address: Yishun Avenue 1, Singapore 769130

3. Rower’s Bay Park

Just up ahead from Yishun Dam is Rower’s Bay Park. An introvert’s dream, the park’s tranquil atmosphere makes it a great place to simply be in.

Besides the lush greenery, the park offers visitors rows of benches to rest and take in the view. Personally, I’d recommend you visit during golden hour so you can watch the sunset as well.

Here’s a little tip if you want to capture the ultimate Instagram post: Upon entering, turn right and walk towards the small hump with stepping stones. After crossing, you’ll see a quiet corner filled with white rocks. 

From there, make a left turn and be amazed by the gorgeous landscape, accompanied by the calm waters — a definite treat for the eyes.

 

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Stand on the stones to get a closer look. Just be careful as the soil is quite soft and might sink at any time. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/HANEY AFIQAH

 

Unfortunately, the park isn’t that accessible by public transport, so it’d be best to take a car or bike. 

Address: 101 Seletar Club Road, Singapore 798273

4. Block 674B Yishun Ring Road murals

A museum under a block — travel back in time as you admire the colourful array of hand-painted murals by artist Belinda Low.

Titled Time Stood Still, the murals are a series of wall paintings that tells the story of Yishun’s fading past.

 

From chilling with a cat to doing laundry, become one with these lively paintings by posing next to them. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/HANEY AFIQAH

 

The murals depict fond memories of old Singapore, from a time when the nation was populated by provision shops instead of supermarts and when hide-and-seek was far more entertaining than staring at an LCD screen.

The void deck at 674B, although slightly out of the way (about four stops from Yishun Station), is a spot you definitely don’t want to miss.

Address: 674 Yishun Ave 4, Singapore 762674

5. Lower Seletar Reservoir

Popular amongst running enthusiasts, the scenic broadwalk looks out onto calm, sparkling waters. Bask in the warmth of the sun and feel the (not so) gentle breeze caress your face.

The broadwalk is also known as the Heritage Bridge and was built to look like kelongs which are fishing platforms built on stilts. Singapore used to have many but due to urbanisation, only a handful remain.

 

There’s also a fishing deck area up ahead if you’re interested in reeling a catch! PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/HANEY AFIQAH

 

Apart from the broadwalk, the rocks lining the reservoir can also serve as an interesting element in your picture. 

Address: 100 Yishun Avenue 1, Singapore 769140

What are you waiting for? Take a trip down to Yishun and see these scenic places for yourself!


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