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10 Places to Check Out IG-worthy Street Art in Singapore

When it comes to the Lion City, not only do visitors love the food, stores, and riverside attractions, but they also love the street art in Singapore, as well.

Whether you’re walking through hip areas like Haji Lane or are exploring more upscale areas like Tiong Bahru, there are busts of vibrant colors that represent the old and new aspects of the city-state.

If you’re looking for IG-worthy snaps, then here’s where you should go:

 

1. Little India

Little India
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Formerly a district filled with lime pits and racehorse tracks, Little India is now a bustling area of traditional stores, cultural museums, and century-old temples.

There are also several murals that you should definitely check out, so make sure you walk along Hindoo Road for the “Working Class Hero” mural, Dunlop Street for “Alive @ CLIVE”, Clive Street for “I Am Still Here” by Dyn, and Chander Road for “Jasmine of the City”.

How to Get There:

If you want to take the MRT, then make sure you ride the North East Line (purple) and get off at either the Little India Station or at the Ferrar Park MRT station.

If you want a comfortable ride with a little more privacy and “sightseeing” though, then booking a cab would be your best bet. Air-conditioned and fitted with electric meters, travelers don’t have to worry about getting ripped off with ridiculous fares.

Last but not the least, you can also take the following bus services to get to Little India: 23, 48, 56, 57, 64, 65, 66, 131, 139, 147, 166, 170, 1N+, 3N+, 5N+, 6N+.

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2. Chinatown

Chinatown Singapore Thian Hock Keng Hokkien Temple
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When in Chinatown, make sure you check out Banda Street that displays several murals by Belinda Low. Most of her work show fishermen, laborers, and Samsui women (female Chinese migrants who are characterized by their iconic red headscarves).

Then there’s the 40-meter-long mural behind Thian Hock Keng Temple along Telok Ayer Street. The mural shows what the area used to look like and has scenes from the early lives of the Hokkien immigrants from Southern China.

How to Get There:

Singapore’s MRT is so efficient that you can easily get to Chinatown whether you’re coming from Little India, Clarke Quay, Raffles Place, or Marina South Pier. Take either the North-East MRT Line or Downtown Line and hop off at the Chinatown Station.

You can also take the following bus services and get off at the Chinatown Complex: 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 520, 851, 961, 961C.

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Check out hotels near Chinatown MRT Station

 

3. Amoy Street

Amoy Street Food Centre
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Located within the Amoy Street Food Center, there are five panels that are the works of both local street artist Ceno2 and the students of the Anglo Chinese School.

One piece shows a laughing Samsui woman, another is a black and white dragon with red lanterns, and another is a throwback to what the front entrance of ACS used to look like.

How to Get There:

Good food and art are just a bus ride away to Amoy Street Food Center – especially when you take services 700, 971E, 971E, 167, 970, 761, 57, 131, 186, 400, 402, 532 or 5.

Make sure you get off at bus stop B03151, and then it should be a quick two minute walk.

If you want to take the underground though, ride the East West MRT line and get off at the Tanjong Pagar station. From Exit G, the food center should be a quick three minute walk.

 

4. Aliwal Street

Aliwal Street Centre
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Take a stroll along Aliwal Street and you’ll notice that most of the murals are different from what you’ve seen on the list so far.

The murals here don’t necessarily depict past and present scenes of Singapore, but instead have pop culture references and are quirkier than usual. Most of the pieces here are made by local artists such as Slacsatu, Kilas, and Italian artist, Alice Pasquini.

How to Get There:

If you want to take the MRT, then hop on to the Circle MRT line and exit the Nicoll Highway MRT. From there, Aliwal Street is a six minute walk from Exit A.

If riding the bus, get on to either bus services 107M or 107, get off at B01231 and then it’s a minute walk away to Aliwal Street.

 

5. Ann Siang Hill

Ann Siang Hil
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Every year, the mural behind Coconut Club Singapore is updated in accordance to the year’s zodiac animal. The artwork is by Colombian-born artist Didier Jaba Mathieu (aka Jabaone) and he’s been painting the murals since 2017, starting with his piece “Ayam Goreng” which translates to Chicken Rice.

The Coconut Club has all of the animals of the zodiac painted on a smaller space – the chicken, dog, and pig have already been colored and filled out, but it’ll take nine more years or so for the rest to fill up.

How to Get There:

To get here from the underground, simply take the Downton Line and get off at the Telok Ayer station. When you exit from Exit A, it is a quick four minute walk to Ann Siang Hill Park.

On the other hand, if you’re taking the bus, make sure you ride either bus 61, 166, or 197 and get off at bus stop B05189.

Check out hotels near Ann Siang Road

 

6. Haji Lane

Singapore Haji Lane
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Located in the middle of the Arab Quarters, Haji Lane is another quirky area that tourists and locals alike flock to for good food, drinks, and for unique finds.

Here, you can easily find walls that come to life with bright colors and with murals that reflect the area’s Arab heritage.

An example of such is a 15-meter-high mural of a turbaned man drinking Chai by local street artist, Ceno2. This can be found behind The Singapura Club, and then there’s the Blu Jaz Cafe mural, behind the cafe of the same name.

How to Get There:

Take the MRT and get off at Bugis Station. Haji Lane is 500 meters away and you can enter the area from either North Bridge Road or Beach Road – it’s better to enter through the latter though as that it is where you’ll first come across the many murals of Haji Lane.

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7. Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru SG
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Easily one of Singapore’s hippest neighborhoods, Tiong Bahru is dotted with edgy fashion stores, quirky cafes, cozy bookstores, and hip restaurants. Even better, there are several murals that add to the area’s already artistic feel.

Case in point, there are works by contemporary artist Yip Yew Chong across several roads, namely,  “Bird Singing Corner” along Seng Poh Lane, “Home” on Tiong Poh Road, and “Pasar and the Fortune Teller” on Eng Watt Street.

How to Get There:

If you take the MRT, hop off at the Tiong Bahru Station. You can also ride the bus and get off at bus stop B10141 – services that stop here include buses 5, 16, 33, 63, 123, 195, 851 and NR5.

 

8. Bras Basah

Bras Basah
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Like any other artistic district in Singapore, Bras Basah is brimming with murals that are reflective of the area’s colorful history.

The works of local artists Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong can be seen all around, so make sure you check out “Mama Shop”, “Odeon Cinema National Theater”, “Two Rails”, and more along Queen Street and Waterloo Street.

How to Get There:

If taking the MRT, you can ride the Circle Line and get off at the Bras Basah station or ride the East-West Line/Downtown Line and get off at the Burgis MRT.

You can also ride bus services 960, 2, 12, 33, 130 – all of which will drop you off at a stone’s throw away from the Bras Basah Complex.

 

9. Coleman Bridge

Coleman Bridge
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In a bid to encourage people to explore Singapore’s historical quays (Clark, Boat, and Robertson), a handful of artists were tasked to decorate the walls with eye popping murals to add a more artistic appeal to the otherwise mundane underpasses.

How to Get There

The Coleman Bridge connects Hill Street and New Bridge Road, so you can head to either one. You can take a taxi to Downtown Singapore. Just make sure that you buckle up and take note of the city’s Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) when you ride, as prices tend to go up during rush hour.

 

10. Everton Road

Everton Road Vintage House

Everton Road is where you can see most of the works of local artist Yip Yew Chong – which is particularly apt since Everton is the road Chong’s walked along for over 20 years.

Inspired by scenes from his childhood, the murals show chinese barbers, domestic workers, and an elderly washwoman he repainted himself so that he could further emphasize the grooves in the washboards for authenticity.

How to Get There

If you want to travel via the MRT, take the East West line and come off at Outram Park Station. From there, it is a four-minute walk from Exit F to Everton Road. If you want to take the bus meantime, ride either services 61, 167, 120, 166, 196 or 197. Make sure you get off at bus stop B10021, though.

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