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Here Are All The Cool Singapore Spots Crazy Rich Asians Filmed In

The movie version of the bestselling book was filmed mostly in Singapore and Malaysia

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Photography: @crazyrichasians on Instagram

The highly anticipated film version of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians will finally premier this August 15, and fans are wondering how the movie would compare to the book. We know one thing, for sure: judging from the official movie trailer, the production design is amazing.

To recreate the story of simple, Chinese-American economics professor Rachel Chu and her ultra-rich Singaporean-scion-boyfriend Nicholas Young, director Jon M. Chu stayed true to the novel’s setting and shot most of the scenes in Singapore and Malaysia. Most of the locations are popular Singaporean destinations, so watch out for these spots when you go on your next SG vacation:

CHIJMES

The grand wedding ceremony of Nick’s friend Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee was shot in the most romantic wedding venue in Singapore—the historic building complex of CHIJMES.

Formerly called the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Middle Education School (hence the acronym), the Victorian-Gothic-style complex dates to 1852, was restored in 1996, and now houses trendy bars, restaurants, and the former chapel that serves as a function hall for events.

Marina Bay Sands

The famous resort-hotel is featured as eye candy in panning shots in the film, which is no surprise, because of its unusual design that is the highlight of the ultra-modern Bayfront skyline, which is also comprised of The ArtScience Museum. The Moshe Safdie-designed building features three hotel towers capped by a sweeping SkyPark with swimming pools, landscaped areas, and jogging paths.

Gardens by the Bay

In this report, the director filmed a scene with stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeo in the Singapore heat at midnight in Gardens by the Bay. This popular SG tourist destination is a 250-acre nature park with three waterfront gardens and its signature “Supertree Grove” of immense, tree-like structures that are seen in almost every photo of the place.

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Ann Siang Hill Road

This road within the Chinatown district of Singapore is an extremely photogenic street lined with beautiful, old shophouses—with its distinct shuttered windows and colonnaded fronts—restored as hip restaurants and bars. According to this article from The Straits Times, this road was closed (among others) for the scene between Rachel Chu chatting up Goh Peik Lin about her future Monster-In-Law problems.

According to this post from femalemag.com.my, Nelson Coates—the film’s production designer—wanted a richly layered, multi-colored Peranakan-style (Straits-born Chinese culture, usually heavily ornamented) look in Nick’s family homes, and achieved that by shooting in different houses, and also in the famous Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia.

Watch the official Crazy Rich Asians trailer here:

SOURCES: Straits Times, femalemag.com.my

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