Here at DiscoverSG, we love drone footage and drone shots as much as the next person.
Not only do they offer us a rare glimpse of the world from above, they have us looking at familiar things through new eyes. Sometimes, a fresh perspective is all we need to appreciate the art, architecture, and beauty that exists all around us.
With National Day just 1 day away, we decided to scour Instagram for some of the sickest shots of Singapore from up high, and we were not disappointed.
From common sights (and sites) like malls we grew up visiting to some of the newer landmarks that have sprouted up in more recent years, these epic drone-taken photos will show you another side of our nation’s beauty.
1. Fountain of Wealth by day
Suntec City and the Fountain of Wealth have been around for ages – since 1995, to be specific.
In 1998, the fountain made it on the Guinness Book of Records and was named the World’s Largest Fountain. While no longer the world’s largest fountain, to this day, many visitors still circle the fountain for good luck.
A symbol of wealth and life, its bronze ring was designed based on the Hindu Mandala. Meaning ‘universe’, the ring is symbolic of the oneness in spirit and unity, further symbolising the equality and harmony of all races and religions in Singapore.
2. Fountain of Wealth by night
Beautiful by day, the structure looks even better by night – at least in our opinion.
3. Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all seen the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.
One of the most intriguing additions to the Singapore skyline, the trees look even more eerie and fascinating from above. Measuring between 25 and 50m, these towering structures are connected by a 128-metre aerial walkway that adds to the futuristic quality of these vertical gardens.
4. ArtScience Museum
Another architectural masterpiece and favourite among museum-goers is the ArtScience Museum.
A structure that’s typically too large to see in full, this bird’s eye view lets you see the “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore” in all its ten-fingered glory.
5. Lau Pa Sat
A market wasn’t the first thing to come to mind when we first saw this photo.
Situated in the Central Business District, Lau Pa Sat, which translates into “old market” is home to plenty of scrumptious grub. A regular haunt for those working in the CBD, we bet you didn’t know it looked so pretty from up above.
There’s just something so satisfying about seeing all these cargo containers lined up neatly, no?
7. Palawan Beach
When was the last time you went to Palawan Beach?
For us, it would be when we were teenagers. While splashing around at the beach isn’t a popular pastime here in Singapore, you’ve got to admit that this photo makes that little island off the beach look pretty cool.
8. The Road Into Sentosa
Ever wonder how your drive into and out of Sentosa island looks? Probably not, but here’s how it looks anyway.
9. Sentosa Cove
Sentosa Cove – an area populated by the super-rich of Singapore. The houses here will cost you anything between $2,000,000 and $80,000,000. Can’t stomach those kinds of numbers? Then settle for this shot of Sentosa Cove from above.
10. NTU School of Art, Design and Media building
We did a double take when we realised this picture was taken of a university campus. Consisting of 3 intersecting arcs, this ‘Green Roof’at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media building is turfed and slopes at a nearly 45-degree angle, blurring the line between landscape and building.
12. Pearl Bank Apartments
Google ‘best architecture singapore’ and many of the search results will have Pearl Bank Apartments on their list. Built in 1976, its unique horseshoe shape (or c-shape) was intended to provide residents cover from the sun, while allowing a view from the top of Pearl’s Hill.
13. Housing Estates
Of course, we can’t forget the housing estates we live in. The places we call home, grow up, build our families, and rest and recharge for the next day, these are perhaps the spaces that mean the most to us here in Singapore.
Tomorrow, we celebrate National Day.
We celebrate 52 years of independence, 52 years of progress, and we celebrate all that we have here in this beautiful country we call home – the people we are proud to call our friends, the opportunities that are out there for us, the security we feel as we go about our daily lives, and so much more.
We don’t know about you, but we’re so proud to be able to call Singapore our home.