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CNN publishes a guide to Singapore inspired by "Crazy Rich Asians"

The new film "Crazy Rich Asians," which is set in Singapore, highlights many of the city's most famous locations, such as Marina Bay Sands. CNN Travel recently discussed some of the filming locations as well as some of Singapore's most popular destinations.

CNN publishes a guide to Singapore inspired by "Crazy Rich Asians"

The new Hollywood film, “Crazy Rich Asians” is set in Singapore and is likely to make this popular holiday destination even more of tourist hot spot thanks to all the extra visibility some of its top attractions are getting.

Way before the film and since the publication of the book by the same name, independent tour guide Phil Choo has offered Crazy Rich Asian tours, using his deducting skills to pinpoint some of the fictionalized places.

Mr Choo explains his idea and inspiration:

“The tour is a little bit of mystery-solving for book fans and they like having the places they imagined come to life.”

Ideas that also resonate with Brad Simpson, the film’s producer, who commented:

“The movie is a love letter to the food, culture and beauty of this area. The mixture of pristinely preserved colonial architecture from the past with ultra-modern cutting-edge buildings of the future, the life on the streets, and the vibrancy of the hawker markets, all make its signature.”

Adding that the author was descriptive enough to make it clear where some of the places could be located.

CNN Travel recently highlighted some of the key locations in Singapore:

  • Marina Bay Sands

    Occupying a prominent—and instantly recognizable—spot on Singapore’s skyline, the distinctive hotel is a modern icon, thanks to its surfboard-shaped rooftop park which stretches across the three 57-story-high towers.

  • CHIJMES and Gardens by the Bay

    CHIJMES was once a Catholic convent but has been transformed into an atmospheric enclave of small shops, bars and restaurants, interspersed with courtyards, open walkways and cloistered walls. Gardens by the Bay is a man-made wonder consisting of over 101 acres of reclaimed land that is now home to multiple themed gardens.

  • Food centres and historic shop houses

    Hawker food is a big part of Singapore’s culture, and the Newton Food Centre features in the film. Often hailed as one of the best hawker centres, Newton Food Centre offers a comprehensive spot to appreciate the richness of Singapore’s cuisines.

The Young family’s fictional Tyersall Park colonial mansion, which features prominently in the movie, is actually not located in Singapore.

To find that iconic location, travellers will need to go to Kuala Lumpur, where two neighbouring mansions were used for one of the movie’s most spectacular sets.

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