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Guess the Hydeout: Hidden street art murals around Singapore for the gram

A celebration of Singapore’s diversity and heritage through street art.

Sarah Chan

Likes museum trips and is sometimes artsy. Can be found in pattern prints.

Published: 18 December 2020, 11:11 AM

1. Katong Joo Chiat

Tanjong Katong is derived from the Malay word for “turtle point”, a reference to the now extinct sea turtles that used to roam in the area. PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTHOPIA


The Katong Joo Chiat trail was first launched in 2019 by the Singapore Tourism Board to celebrate the area known as Singapore’s first and only heritage town.

The precinct is home to a trail of art murals specially painted to tell a story about the area’s history and Peranakan culture. Keep a lookout for murals like Turtle Cape, created by Ink and Clog Studios, which features the extinct turtles that once roamed the beaches near Siglap.

Besides following the mural trail, be taken on an adventure to discover the distinct architecture and wide variety of food around the area too. You can find the digital map here. Oh, and don’t forget to try the renowned laksa!

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 12.13pm using a Lumix DC-GH5 with Lumix G-Vario 25-35mm lens (F7.1, 1/640, 15mm, ISO200)

2. Ang Mo Kio Town Centre

The mural is one of two latest additions from local illustrator KF Lee which was inspired by life during the pandemic this year. PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTHOPIA


If you are around Ang Mo Kio, you might have noticed the array of colourful murals that surround almost every area of the neighbourhood.

The series of murals was first launched in 2019 as part of plans to rejuvenate the mature estate. You can find these Instagrammable spots along Ang Mo Kio Town Centre, with pieces that feature iconic landmarks and uniquely Singaporean moments from our everyday life.

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 11.11am using a Lumix DC-GH5 with Lumix G-Vario 25-35mm lens (F5.6, 1/400, 12mm, ISO200)

3. Aliwal Arts Centre

The mural was created by artist Didier Jaba Mathieu and ANTZ from local urban art collective RSCLS. PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTHOPIA


On the hunt for the best Instagrammable spots? The colourful neighbourhood of Kampong Gelam is perfect for you. Besides taking shots along the famous Haji Lane, you can find several eye-catching murals right off the side and back alleys outside Aliwal Arts Centre.

Urban art fills the spaces of Kampong Gelam, a vibrant district known for its arts and culture. Explore the area’s rich history dating back to the early 1800s or dine at one of the many artisanal cafes along Arab Street – there is something for everyone, young or old.

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 1.05pm using a Lumix DC-GH5 with Lumix G-Vario 25-35mm lens (F4.5, 1/320, 12mm, ISO200)

4. Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre

The Storyteller was one of five commissioned pieces for the Jurong edition of Arts In Your Neighbourhood, a project that aims to bring art activities to the heartlands. PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTHOPIA


Who says you can’t find street art right in your neighbourhood?

If you are in the west, be sure to check out The Storyteller by local street artist Slacsatu. The piece is hard to miss, with its eye-catching batik-inspired design spanning across a long wall right next to Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre.

If you take a closer look, you might notice that The Storyteller actually features several prominent Jurong landmarks in its design, a slightly different version from Slacsatu’s Alphabatik at Aliwal Arts Centre.

Taman Jurong is also home to a series of community artworks as part of the Our Gallery At Taman Jurong project. You can go on a visual arts trail around the area to find artworks by residents and artists depicting Jurong’s history and multi-ethnic culture.

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 10.09am using a Lumix DC-GH5 with Lumix G-Vario 25-35mm lens (F3.5, 1/1600, 12mm, ISO200)

5. Coleman Bridge Underpass

The murals – that can also be found within several other underpasses along Singapore River – were painted to bring colour and joy to public spaces. PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTHOPIA


Amid the hustle and bustle of the central business district are hidden murals located inside Coleman Bridge underpass linking New Bridge Road and Hill Street.

The colourful murals by Social Creatives brings you on a journey through history, with elements of Singapore’s past including the samsui women and Sir Stamford Raffles.

Besides visiting the murals, central Singapore is bustling with activity too. Go on a cycling trip along the Singapore River or visit popular attractions like the National Gallery of Singapore nearby – there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy!

Camera settings: Photo was shot at 2.09pm using a Lumix DC-GH5 with Lumix G-Vario 25-35mm lens (F2.8, 1/60, 12mm, ISO640)

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