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8 filming locations featured in Crazy Rich Asians

In case you’ve not heard, the Hollywood movie, "Crazy Rich Asians" topped the box office for a second weekend. It is the first movie since The Joy Luck Club in 1993 to feature an all Asian cast. The best part? Our very own Singapore plays a part in the movie serving as the backdrop for many scenes in the movie! Check out these 8 locations that were featured in the movie that you can visit without being a crazy rich Asian.

1. Singapore Changi Airport

From 24-hour movies to swimming pools, Singapore’s Changi Airport has been impressing both travellers and non-travellers alike, with the plethora of amenities that it has to offer in its four Terminals.  This is probably the reason why it has been voted as the Best Airport in the World by Skytrax for 6 consecutive years. In 2017 alone, a whopping 62.7 million travellers passed through the Changi!

Local Tip: make sure you check out the Kinetic Rain sculpture in Terminal 1.

If being the world’s best airport wasn’t enough, it also houses the World’s Best Airport Hotel! Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has been voted as the Best Airport Hotel in the world for 4 consecutive years!

Address: Singapore Changi Airport, Airport Blvd, Singapore 918146

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2. Raffles Hotel

Opening its doors in 1887, Raffles Hotel remains to be the most iconic hotel in Singapore till date. The stunning colonial-style hotel has played host to many celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor. It is rumoured that Michael Jackson requested for a bathtub filled with Perrier so that he could bathe in it. The hotel was also the inventor of the iconic  Singapore Sling cocktail!

NOTE: Raffles Hotel is undergoing restoration works and is slated to reopen in the first quarter of 2019.

Address: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673

3. Merlion Park

Half lion, half mermaid, the Merlion is the official symbol of Singapore. The body is meant to symbolise Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village, while the head is meant to symbolise Singapore’s original name, Singapura or Lion City in Malay. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, Merlion Park offers the best photo opportunities for the Merlion and the breathtaking skyline that Singapore has to offer. 

Merlion Park is a stone’s throw from Fullerton Hotel, a 5 star hotel that overlooks Merlion Park. Built in 1928, it was once a post office! The Fullerton Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Merlion Park.

Address: 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213

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4. Marina Bay Sands

Standing at 55-storeys high, Marina Bay Sands has served as the poster backdrop for many photos and videos of Singapore. Opened in 2010, the integrated resort has everything under one roof. From High Street labels to celebrity chef restaurants, Marina Bay Sands continues to be the ideal destination for the discerning traveller.  With one of the most expensive casino properties in the world, it is also a playground for crazy rich Asians to flaunt their wealth. If you’re ever at the Casino, make sure you look up and check out the lighting feature that features a jaw-dropping 132,000 Swarovski crystals! Definitely not your usual Staycation spot in Singapore.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

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5. Gardens By The Bay

Built entirely on reclaimed land, the 101-hectare Gardens By The Bay was officially opened in 2012 and one of the spots in the movie you can visit for free. Apart from the tranquil sights and sounds it offers, The Gardens by The Bay also features cooled conservatories, individual-themed gardens, event and dining spaces, connecting waterways, lakes, aerial bridges, and the iconic Supertrees. It also the home to the tallest indoor waterfall in the world!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make sure you head over to Satay By The Bay and indulge in a wide array of delectable local delights.

If you’re staying at Marina Bay Sands then you won’t have to travel far to marvel at these offering as it is connected via a convenient bridge!

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

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6. CHIJMES

CHIJMES (pronounced Chi-mes), or also known as Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Middle Education School, was a school set up by an order of French Catholic Nuns in 1854. In 1983, the school shifted to a new location with the premise now housing a myriad of dining establishments and watering holes. On a typical day, you’ll find throngs of people relaxing with their favourite tipple after a hard days work.

If you’ve had a little too much to drink, make sure you check out Swissotel The Stamford that is just a stone’s throw away (350m to be exact). Standing at a height of 226m, it is one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels and one of the best spots to view the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Singapore!

Pro Tip: Make sure you request for their newly renovated rooms during your stay!

Address: 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996

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7. Newton Food Centre

It will be almost criminal to not showcase the food that Singapore has to offer. Newton Food Centre makes an appearance in the movie showcasing the hawker culture that we are known for. Home to different stalls each offering local specialities, you can expect the staples such as Hokkien Mee and Barbqueued Chicken Wings. For a refreshing accompaniment to your meal, have a cup of Sugar Cane Juice that is sure to hit the spot.

You’ll definitely be in a food coma after indulging in the tasty local fare. Thankfully Goodwood Park Hotel is just a hop, skip, and a jump away! If you’re adventurous and there’s room for dessert make sure you try their Durian puffs at The Deli.

Fun fact: Goodwood Park Hotel was the first ever hotel in Singapore to have an on-premise swimming pool!

Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495

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8. Ann Siang Hill

A charming and quaint oasis in the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill was named after a Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy sawmiller from Malaysia. Boasting a vibrant and hip dining and drinking scene, Ann Siang Hill is always crowded with the office workers kacking back with a pint or two after work. Our personal favourite haunt is Coconut Club that serves a lip-smacking plate of Nasi Lemak (a fragrant rice dish cooked in Coconut Milk). 

After that satisfying meal, walk off the delicious meal and take a stroll along the Pioneer’s Trail where you can meander through vibrant shophouses and gain some insight into the lives of Singapore’s early immigrants.

Wind down at The Scarlet Hotel, just steps away from Ann Siang Hill. This boutique hotel emulates the charm that Ann Siang Hill exudes, with its facade preserved from the pre-war era.

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Crazy Rich Asians is set to release in theatres on 22nd August 2018.

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