Photo credit: YOUTHOPIA.SG

Guess the Hydeout: Five places you never knew existed in Singapore

From exploring reclusive spots to learning about our country’s rich history, here are some places you have to visit.

Shannon Kuan

Weird talents include playing the violin, but with a ukulele and a clothes hanger.

Published: 15 November 2020, 6:45 PM

You may think you know Singapore well and that you’ve seen almost everything there is. But despite our country’s size, there might be some hidden gems that will surprise you.

This little red dot isn’t just HDBs, shopping malls and parks. So grab your camera and be ready to explore these unique locations in Singapore!

For an added challenge, see if you can replicate the exact shots taken by our amazing photographer at these five locations.

1. Raffles Marina Lighthouse

Soak in the expanse of the breathtaking sunset as you stroll down the pier to the lighthouse. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA.SG


Overlooking the Tuas Second Link – Singapore’s second causeway to Malaysia, the 12m-high Raffles Marina Lighthouse shines every 10 seconds with a beam that reaches up to 15m.

Ideal for photographers, this beacon has even been labelled one of the most magical and unique spots for wedding shoots.

Visitation hours are 7.00am to 10.00pm daily.

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 7.08pm using a Nikon D810 with 14-24mm lens (F22, 50s, 14mm, ISO100).

2. Seletar North Link

Amongst lush green flora lies a hidden lake that looks like it belongs to the Amazon Rainforest. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA.SG


Situated at Punggol, this picturesque location is open for kayaking, fishing, cycling and taking photos.

You could spend the entire day exploring this vast hideout while burning some calories with a great view.

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 7.50am using a Nikon D810 with 14-24mm lens (F16, 1/5, 24mm, ISO100).

3. Sang Nila Utama Garden

Named after the first ancient king of Singapore, the Sang Nila Utama Garden is one of the nine new gardens in Fort Canning Park. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA.SG


Within Fort Canning Park resides Sang Nila Utama Garden, a re-creation of South-east Asian gardens from the 14th century.

Inspired by Sang Nila Utama’s palace gardens, be prepared to be greeted by Javanese split gates and statues of fauna believed to have roamed the gardens back then.

There is even an Augmented Reality (AR) trail that winds through the gardens, letting visitors take a glimpse into the past by using their phones to scan the AR codes available.

Travel back in time and learn about Singapore’s history while surrounded by beautiful landmarks and greenery!

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 12.57pm using a Nikon D810 with 24-70mm lens (F9, 1/200, 32mm, ISO100).

4. Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, Dragon Kiln

A Dragon Kiln is used to make Chinese ceramics and got its name from its shape as it resembles a dragon. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA.SG


Experience Singapore’s oldest, surviving dragon kiln through workshops held by Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. Have a tour around the dragon kiln and get a demonstration on how to use the potter’s wheel.

Click here to find out more about this one and only authentic experience!

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 3.34pm using a Nikon D810 with 24-70mm lens (F16, 30s, 28mm, ISO500).

5. Punggol Point Jetty

Have a fishing session and bring home Barramundi, Grouper, and Rabbitfish if you’re lucky! PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA.SG

A once small and quiet jetty, Punggol Point Jetty has transformed into a bustling site for fishermen in Singapore.

With a playground, lookout decks and different restaurants available, there are various amenities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Camera settings: First photo taken at 7.01pm with a Nikon D810, 24-70mm lens (F22, 1s, 34mm, ISO100). Second photo taken at 7.05pm, using a Nikon D810 with 24-70mm lens (F14, 8s, 34mm, ISO100).

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