Explore Singapore’s hidden stairway to Insta-heaven


  • Singapore
  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019

Snap-worthy spot: The spiral staircase in Fort Canning Park, which opens up to a picturesque view of the sky. — The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE: The hottest Instagram spot among tourists in Singapore is not a row of houses in Joo Chiat or the city’s famous skyline. The most snap-worthy place is a hidden stairwell in Fort Canning Park.

During a check on the place yesterday afternoon, there were at least 15 people sweating it out in a queue for their turn to snap pictures.

For many of the mostly Chinese visitors, the grey stone spiral staircase at an underpass connecting Fort Canning Road and Penang Road has become a must-visit destination in Singapore.

University student Shen Ying, 22, a tourist from Guangzhou, said she found out about the place after reading about it on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

“All of the pictures taken here are so beautiful. There’s a mystical feel to it. I’ve been to Singapore a few times before and it was time to go somewhere that was not Marina Bay Sands,” she said.

The spot is often found on lists of Singapore’s most Instagrammable “secret” places, she added, among other locations such as the colourful Old Hill Street Police Station and the pastel pink Redhill MRT station.

The underpass link is particularly photogenic because when seen from the foot, the staircase is a gorgeous spiral opening up to the sky.

The trees and lush greenery planted around the circular top fill the centre, which make for a beautiful shot.

The spot has become popular among tourists from South Korea and Thailand as well, going by the many photos posted on Instagram.

On the photo app, there are at least 25,000 pictures taken at the place in the same angle under the hashtag #fortcanning. On Google Maps, the spot is simply listed as “Spiral Staircase Photo Spot”.

Wedding photo shoots are held here too, with bridal gown trains arranged to flow down the stairs.

Shanghainese tourist Mark Xiao, 29, who was in the queue yesterday with his girlfriend, said it would help if people did not hog the spot.

“The three girls in front have been taking pictures for at least 15 minutes. It’s time for other people to have their go,” he said with a laugh. —The Straits Times/ANN

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