Would you agree that the only thing crazier than love is family?
You might after watching the highly-anticipated and hilarious Crazy Rich Asians rom-com, which hits movie theatres on August 15.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to give you any spoilers before then. But we can share all of the places that you need to go to recreate the perfect Rachel Chu moment. Of course, you’ll want to bring your own Nick (super rich S.O.) along with you.
Because the only thing better than taking in a beautiful rom-com is making your own, these are the amazing locations you’ll want to visit in Singapore.
This Singapore haven is actually the world’s most Instagrammed hotel with a 55-storey-high rooftop infinity pool. If you visit in real life, you’ll likely spend your time taking selfies, lounging by the pool, or going for a memorable dip. If you happen to be there on New Year’s Eve or Singapore’s National Day, this is one heck of a spot to watch a fireworks show.
You might hear the “Colonial Club” mentioned in the movie where lavish evenings of dining go down. Although the club name is a fictional location, the filming takes place at The Tanglin Club – a real, prestigious country club on Stevens Road in Singapore. When you visit, you can order lunch and reenact a scene from the movie if you feel like it.
Okay, you might have already guessed from watching the movie trailer (or reading the book) that a wedding takes place. In the book, it happens at a fictional church, but in the movie, directors sought nightlife hotspot CHIJMES in Singapore. It’s not the first place you would think of for a wedding venue but it looks convincing with gothic architecture, arched ceilings, and 19-century chapel. Fun fact: It was also once a school and convent.
Since we’re on the topic of weddings, you’ll notice a stunning backdrop for Colin and Araminta’s wedding, and this location is none other than Singapore’s Fort Canning Park. It’s hard not to crush on this venue despite the small amount of drama happening in the foreground of the shot. If you’re planning on getting married while you’re in Singapore, you can even book your reception here!
This open-air market is packed with stalls and hawkers selling seafood and local specialties. And Crazy Rich Asians shows you that even the incredibly wealthy are passionate about hawker food. Visiting the centre is one of the first things that Rachel and Nick do when they arrive in Singapore, and you can add the Newton Food Centre to the top of your list, too. It’s a cheap way to feast on delicious local eats, making it a must for any kind of traveller.
Merlion Park is a Singapore landmark located at One Fullerton near the Business District and it’s one of the city’s most recognizable icons. In the movie’s trailer, you can see the Merlion statue in front of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The half-lion, half-fish sculpture is quite bespoke in design so you’ll certainly want to get a snap with it while you’re in town. You never know, it could even hold some good luck.
A trip to Singapore isn’t complete without a visit to the stunning Gardens by the Bay. Covering 101 hectares of reclaimed land in the Central Region of Singapore, the Gardens are featured in Colin and Araminta’s wedding reception in the movie. Every evening, the Supertree grove runs a mesmerizing light show accompanied by music and you can get a glimpse of this in the film. But of course, you’ll want to experience this spectacle for yourself – in real life.
Visit your local movie theatre from August 15 to see Crazy Rich Asians and get a sneak peek at all of the locations listed above before you visit them.