Popular IG-Spot At People’s Park Complex Is Deemed Private Property
Mysterious signs have popped up at an old car park in People’s Park Complex’s residential building.
Image from WhatsApp
Apparently, permits are now required to film or shoot in the parking lot which has been deemed “PRIVATE PROPERTY”.
But first, what’s the big deal about this abandoned car park in the first place?
More than just an old car park
Why would any photographer want to take pictures here? Because they can get honestly stunning shots for the ‘gram like this.
Based on a cursory scroll through Instagram. literally reflective shots of the building’s complex are a popular choice.
This lift lobby sign is an IG-favourite too, especially for those who wish to show-off their OOTDs.
Well, looks like it’s going to be a lot harder to access this place, now that the new rules are in place.
Thankfully, at least two local photographers have taken to Facebook to shed more light on the situation.
Unruly photographers used fire hose reel for “rain effects”
A concerned photographer contacted the management regarding the new signs on Monday (5 Mar), after which he posted this.
He found out from the management that “many unruly photographers” exhibited disruptive behaviour.
They allegedly climbed onto ledges, and even used the fire hose reel to create “rain effects” for their photography shoots.
After receiving several complaints from the residents, the building’s management decided to put up the signs.
The photographer goes on to discourage others from “making a mess or doing stupid stuff that would endanger your life”.
As the consequence of their actions would negatively affect architecture and landscape photographers like himself, who wish to archive the building before it’s demolished.
He concludes with a succinct, “Arrive, Photograph, Leave.” as a warning to other would-be visitors to the site.
How much resources will be devoted to policing this rule?
A second photographer talks about alternative angles to take stunning shots of the People’s Park Complex, besides the typical “straight on shot of the residential tower”.
The best shots – in his opinion – are made of the Complex from a respectful distance.
He also muses that this new policy may be hard to execute. This was in relation to dedicating resources to policing the car park.
Is the car park really private property?
We snooped around and found that the “[email protected]” email address left on the sign, led us to a page that manages well — car parks.
The website even includes a map and parking fees for the actual car park.
Well, who knew the car park was still available for use? Perhaps it’s not so abandoned after all.
An old gem in the heart of Chinatown
People’s Park Complex is still popular with tourists who wish to visit one of the oldest architectural wonders still standing in Singapore.
A walking tour was even hosted by an Architecture professor from the National University of Singapore, back in 2016.
It was also famously the location of Chinatown’s “hipster hangout”, Lepark. A local bar that famously closed down in 2017 despite its loyal following, as the lease came to an end.
Undoubtedly, the adventurous hunt for the entrance to its hidden location was a major draw for their customers.
This hidden enclave belongs to…
Adventurous visitors and residents of this concealed enclave have definitely breathed new life into this “once-dead space“.
Now that some unruly photographers’ actions have drawn the ire of People’s Park Complex residents, what’s next for this abandoned car park space?
After all, residents of the complex deserve their peace and quiet. But we’re sure that photographers and filmmakers alike won’t be able to resist the allure of this photogenic building.
Have you visited People’s Park Complex’s car park for an IG-worthy shot recently? Or should the residents be allowed their privacy?
Let us know what you think.
Featured image from WhatsApp and Donnnut.