Nothing lasts forever, and as of 16 Dec, the famous and loved Punggol #InstagramTree has been removed.

If you did not already know, the famous Punggol Instagram tree was due for removal in the interest of public safety as the Housing and Development Board (HDB) found no signs of life in it after it was struck by lightning. Apparently, parts of the tree were falling off without warning.

Now, we know that nothing can come close to replacing THAT tree, but these places have their own magic that can hopefully satisfy the passionate Instagram photographer in you.

1. The one right beside it

Although not quite on the same scale as THE #InstagramTree, this tree is just 25m to the left of the original tree.

2. Upper Seletar Reservoir

This is a close contender, we think, with its lovely shape. Check out how picturesque it looks in the middle of the two benches.


This place is not that unknown though, as couples have been known to take their wedding shots here.


How to get there: At Upper Seletar Reservoir, this tree is near the iconic tower that resembles a rocket ship.

3. Bukit Timah Saddle Club

The next time you go for brunch at Riders Cafe, don’t forget to check out this spot for a lovely photo op.

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Imagine posing by the tree while horses leisurely trot across the greenland behind you.

How to get there: 51 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286965. It is more accessible if you drive as the nearest bus stop is a good 16-minute walk away.

4. Chinese Garden

In the western part of Singapore there lives a lone tree too, at Chinese Garden.

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How to get there: Nearest MRT, Chinese Garden MRT Station

5. Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove

Now you know a place in the luxurious Sentosa Cove at Quayside Isle for your photo needs. As if Sentosa Cove itself isn’t Instagram-worthy enough already, though.

qsiHow to get there: Quayside Isle (right in front of W Hotel) at Sentosa Cove, the tree is all the way down at the end of the path.

6. Sentosa Ficus Tree

Yet another picturesque tree in Sentosa Island. This ficus tree is against the backdrop of Tanjong Golf Course, and is set in front of a charming pond. We hear this location has also been the backdrop of many weddings!


How to get there: Located at Allanbrooke Road in Sentosa, opposite Suburbia. Sentosa Bus 3 serves the area, and you can alight at the stop named Ficus.

7. Tembusu tree at Botanic Gardens

Let’s not forget the iconic Tembusu tree and its distinct lateral branch that is pictured behind our $5 note.


Even though it has since been fenced (meaning you can’t take that “casual” shot of you perching on the branch while looking off into the distance), there is no harm paying a visit to Singapore’s most famous Tembusu tree.

How to get there: Nearest MRT, Botanic Gardens. The tree is located near the Tanglin entrance of the Gardens.

8. Bidadari Park

Located at the former Bidadari cemetery, now known as Bidadari park.


It is actually a very vibrant and lush place with plenty of magnificent trees, as seen from these pictures.

Just a word of warning first though, this place might not be like this for much longer as the area is slated for BTO flats.

How to get there: Along Upper Serangoon Road. Nearest MRT, Woodleigh Station, which brings you right to the park.


And that’s it! Get ready your VSCO Cam/Afterlight, and we hope you will have fun taking your next artsy shot at the above places.

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With reference to Channel News Asia