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Gardens by the Bay is Singapore’s carefully manicured 250-acre nature park and high-drama movie backdrop. (Photo: Getty Images)


Live Like “Crazy Rich Asians” in Singapore at These 5 Real-Life Film Locations

One of this year’s hottest movie releases is one for the books — literally: the first all-Asian film to come out of Hollywood in 25 years, Crazy Rich Asians (adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name) follows protagonist Rachel Chu as she becomes acquainted with the high-octane lifestyle of her Singaporean boyfriend’s wealthy family—and all the power, jealously, and drama that follows them.

The biggest star of the show, however, might be Singapore itself. Here, five spots where you can walk in the footsteps of the star-studded cast.

Merlion Park

Statues of the mythical merlion—a fish with a lion’s head and the official symbol of Singapore—can be found throughout the city, but the best place to take it in is picturesque Merlion Park, which appears in the trailer and again in the movie.

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The merlion is seen throughout the movie. (Photo: Getty Images)

Head here for sweeping views of Marina Bay and the city’s most famous attractions (including the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Flyer).

Newton Food Centre

As soon as they’re off the plane, the couple seek out Singapore’s famous street food. (After a 20-plus-house flight, who could blame them?) Among the hundreds of hawker centers in Singapore, historic Lau Pa Sat (in the financial district) is one of the more beautiful places to sample the city’s melting pot of flavors.

However, the film opted to relocate the scene to the more famous (and frequented) Newton Food Centre, where you can taste everything from Chinese and Indian to Malay, Peranakan, and Eurasian specialties. Among the better meals to seek out are Alliance Seafood’s chilli crab and the namesake dish at Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette.


This 19th-century Gothic-style chapel (now an events space) stood in as the fictional First Methodist Church for the movie’s big wedding ceremony between characters Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee.

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Wedding bells are ringing. (Photo: Getty Images)

You’ll recognize the chapel’s stark-white archways and stained-glass windows between all the orchids and traveler’s palms (added for magical effect).

Gardens by the Bay

Following the ceremony, the big-ticket reception takes place at Gardens by the Bay—a carefully manicured 250-acre nature park and high-drama backdrop fit for such an over-the-top event. Walk in Chu’s footsteps along the aerial walkway linking Supertree Grove, a tree-like vertical garden that’s even more spectacular at night.

Bukit Pasoh Road

Peranakan-style heritage shophouses are one of the more unique and distinctive architectural styles found in Singapore. You’ll spot them lining Bukit Pasoh Road, an area famous for its boutique hotels, stellar restaurants, and sidewalk cafés—one of which (The Reading Room) hosted Rachel Chu and a friend, where they dish about the boyfriend’s family.