Everyone knows that curating your Instagram profile is of extreme importance these days. Gone are the days where all we needed were hipster cafes, flashy cars and travel photos to boost your likes. You always have to be one step ahead of the game! Let LocoMole show you 15 of the most instagrammable murals in Singapore and watch as your likes come flooding in.
Murals near Chinatown
The Letter Writer is part of Yip Yew Chong’s bigger dream to paint 6 murals in Chinatown which are titled – Letter Writer, Wooden Clog Maker, Cantonese Opera Stage, Chinatown Wet Market, Paper Mask and Puppet Seller and Lantern Festival. Yip drew this mural of a Letter Writer as letter writing was a common scene in Chinatown up until the 80s. Yip missed the scene of letter writers who wrote letters back to their loved ones in China and this prompted him to paint the mural. Fun fact, this mural is the first of Yip’s mural that he did with his 2 children!
Location: 336 Smith Street, New Bridge Centre Side Wall
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2. Peacock, Mike Makatron
This three-storey mural of a beautifully painted peacock can be found on one of the walls inside Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre. You would think that a mural taking up so much space will be easy to spot, but many (including myself) have simply walked past it plenty of times! Although it might be a little tricky to take an #OOTD with the entire mural in the frame, the intricately painted peacock is absolutely stunning, even on its own. Definitely take the time to snap a photo of it next time you’re around!
Location: Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre, 30 Seng Poh Road, 168898
3. Pasar and The Fortune Teller, Yip Yew Chong
Singapore’s very own muralist, Yip Yew Chong has painted plenty of different murals scattered across Singapore. His murals are clear depictions of Singapore in the olden days, with most of them based on his memories. Of all of his murals, my favourite has to be this one, located in Tiong Bahru. It even features local Singapore delight – chicken rice! Don’t forget to check out his other murals which can be found mainly along Everton Road, Spottiswoode Park and Tiong Bahru.
Location: Blk 73, Eng Watt Street, Tiong Bahru
Murals in Little India
4. Traditional Trades of Little India, Psyfool
As part of Artwalk Little India 2016, local artist Psyfool created this huge mural along 8 Belilios Lane in Little India. As given in the name, the mural depicts traditional trades commonly found in Little India. This includes laundering, garland making and selling of Indian spices.
Location: Belilios Lane, Little India
Bonus Traveller’s tip – Download the free LocoMole app and explore Little India with LocoMole’s Little India Trail!
5. Mama Shop, Yuen Kum Cheong
To mark the 80th anniversary of the old site of Catholic High School, 6 murals were painted to depict Singapore’s recent and present history. 1 of 6 of these beautiful murals lies “Mama Shop” by Yuen Kum Cheong. Being slightly interactive, open and shut the doors that the mural is painted upon and you’ll be faced with 2 different scenes. Other than Mama Shop, Yuen Kum Cheong also painted “Two Rails” and “Ice Balls”. Other local muralists, Yip Yew Chong, paints the other 3 murals – “Library”, “Theatre” and “Army Market”. 6 murals in one hotspot, this is not to be missed!
Location: 51 Waterloo Street/222 Queen Street, 222+51
Murals in Kampong Glam
6. Kampong Glam, Yip Yew Chong
Another mural from famous Singapore muralist, Yip Yew Chong, Kampong Glam depicts a shop packing for pilgrims embarking on the Haj. The mural combines many different elements together such as the batiks which represent immigrants from the Malay Archipelago and the carpet that represents immigrants from the Middle East. It is definitely interesting to see how painting can represent so many things that makeup Singapore today.
Location: 9A-13 Jalan Pinang (Hotel Nuve)
Bonus Traveller’s tip – Download the free Locomole App and scan and learn more about Kampong Glam with Locomole’s Kampong Glam Trail!
7. The various murals at Sultan Arts Village
Think Sultan Arts Village is just filled with small, quirky retail shops and galleries? Think again! Sultan Arts Village is actually home to plenty of murals and graffiti walls (a less common sight in Singapore). The many different and ever-changing murals and graffiti make finding the perfect wall for your #OOTD difficult as you’ll be spoilt for choice. Blackbook, a specialty graffiti shop also resides here, where you’ll be able to meet other graffiti artists and find out more about what they do. The Village is definitely worth a visit!
Location: 71 Sultan Gate, Sultan Arts Village
8. Piedra Negra
Even if you’ve never actively searched for a mural, I can safely say that 95%, if not all, Singaporeans know of this large mural. Located in Haji Lane, a 5-minute walk from Bugis MRT, this is probably Singapore’s most famous mural. Aside from taking a photo with this mural, Haji Lane is a lane filled with boutique retail shops and quaint little cafes and restaurants. Aside from this mural, Haji Lane is also littered with other graffiti and murals in the little alleyways. If you’re into all things hippie, this is your new hotspot!
Location: Haji Lane, Singapore
Murals in the City
9. The Various Underpass Art
Take a stroll under Elgin Bridge and you’ll be surprised as to what the Singapore River truly holds. As part of efforts to revitalise and attract tourists and locals alike to Singapore River, underpass art installations were commissioned in 2015. The theme for the murals focus on the birth of Singapore and feature works from different artists. The two murals are named “Back to the Past” and “The Early Days”.
Location: Singapore River Underpass
10. Accident, Gilbert Koh
Located at Punggol Waterway Park, this mural lies under the bridge. It depicts a poem by artist Gilbert Koh, and showcases cute robots professing their love. Titled “Accident”, the mural is perfect for you and your significant other to take cute photos together! Couple photos always rake up those Instagram likes, so be sure to take a shot here!
Location: Punggol Waterway Park
11. Breakfast at 8, Jungle at 9 , Ernest Goh
Located within the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, local artist Ernest Goh was commissioned to create this mural for the museum in 2015. While the mural just looks like trippy, colourful circles (great for your Instagram!), the mural is actually a variety of birds, mammals, butterflies and beetles found in the Malayan Archipelago!
Location: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
12. Thian Hock Keng Mural 天福宫壁画, Yip Yew Chong
This is an absolutely stunning mural that spans across the entire rear wall of the Thian Hock Keng Temple. The entire mural tells the story of Singapore’s old and new skylines across 2 centuries worth of hard work, labour, sacrifices and contributions that our forefathers have provided. The story is made up of paintings of Telok Ayer Bay, Coolies, The Hokkien Huay Kuan, Tan Kim Seng Fountain and many more important details that form part of Singapore’s history. Spanning 44m, this mural is not to be missed!
Location: Amoy Street, on the 44m long rear wall of the Thian Hock Keng Temple at 158 Telok Ayer Street
That’s all folks! 15 murals located all around Singapore that will help you fulfill all your photo needs. Whether you love taking #OOTDs or just need that 10/10 backdrop, these murals will be sure to take your Instagram profile to the next level.
Bonus! To get more out of your instagrammable mural adventure, check out our trails (such as Telok Ayer, Kampong Glam and Chinatown). Unlock hidden augmented reality fun by scanning the murals to get more information behind the murals and hidden AR objects for fun photo taking!