Singapore's skyline view of Chinatown

Singapore’s Skyline View From The Pinnacle @ Duxton

I’m a big fan of city skyline. I’m always ecstatic looking at all the buildings from above or from far. When I went to Hong Kong this year, I revisited The Peak, was and will always be in awe with Hong Kong’s skyline. In Tokyo, I went to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s observation deck on 45th-floor to get an awesome view of the city.  In Bangkok, I witnessed an astonishing night cityscape from Baiyoke Sky’s revolving observation deck at 84th-floor.

In Singapore, I had gone up to MBS’ Skypark and ridden Singapore Flyer. They were breathtaking and deserve “must-visit-before-you-die” mark. The only downside was, they were expensive. The ticket for MBS’ Skypark is S$ 23 per adult; meanwhile, an adult ticket for Singapore Flyer costs S$ 33 at the time of writing.

Recently I was researching for things to do in Singapore and found out that the rooftop of The Pinnacle (a very posh public housing apartment building) is open for public for a mere price of S$ 6. How cool is that? You paid a small price for an access to a rooftop at 50th-floor and you get to see Singapore’s city area with much lesser crowd compared to MBS or Flyer.

Pinnacle Duxton award winning design by ARC studio and RSP

An award-winning design by ARC Studio and RSP (photo: RSP)

Pinnacle @ Duxton with Singapore flags

Pinnacle @ Duxton on a bright day

Pinnacle @ Duxton with skybridge and sky garden

Pinnacle @ Duxton has skybridge at Level 26 as well as Level 50. The one that’s opened to public is at Level 50.

What You Will See

The Pinnacle is located at Outram Park. Basically, you can expect to see buildings at Tanjong Pagar, Port at Harbourfront, Sentosa Island, Chinatown, and Outram Park itself.

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Singapore’s skyline view of Sentosa island and Harbourfront

Singapore's skyline view of SGH and Outram Park neighbourhood

Singapore’s skyline view of SGH and Outram Park neighbourhood

Singapore's skyline view of Central Business District at Tanjong Pagar and Raffles Place

Singapore’s skyline view of Central Business District at Tanjong Pagar and Raffles Place

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Singapore’s skyline view of Chinatown

What You Can Do There

Honestly, I can spend hours just admiring the skyline and photographing it. In case you are not the type of person who can spend hours looking at the skyline, consider photography. There are so many spots from which you can take great photos of the skyline. In addition, the rooftop itself is very well designed and will make great backgrounds.

Alternatively, you can settle yourself down at one of the seats and read books, listen to music, just be still and contemplate about your life or dreams.

Corridor at Sky Garden which makes a great location for casual photoshoot

Corridor at Sky Garden which makes a great location for casual photoshoot

Another section of corridor where I spent time admiring and photographing the skyline

Another section of the corridor where I spent time admiring and photographing the skyline

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Seats at Sky Gaden, a perfect place to look into the horizon and contemplate about life, don’t you think so?

Read a book, listen to music, spend time with your loved ones, or perhaps draft your life's goals at sky garden at Pinnacle @ Duxton

Read a book, listen to music, spend time with your loved ones, or perhaps draft your life’s goals

Being on a sky garden in an award-winning residential apartment and surrounded by skyscrapers felt surreal to me, Pinnacle at Duxton

Being on a sky garden in an award-winning residential apartment and surrounded by skyscrapers felt surreal to me

How To Go There

The nearest MRT is Outram Park. Take Exit G, and you will arrive at Police Cantonment Complex. Then, walk to the traffic junction, and cross the street to Dorsett Hotel. Walk along the row of shophouses towards The Pinnacle @ Duxton. Walk to the bus stop named “Opp Maritime Hse” and turn left. You will see the Managing Agent (MA) Office at level 1. This is Block 1G, and this is where you purchase the ticket and register your identity.

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Walking direction from Outram Park Station’s Exit G, to the Pinnacle @ Duxton

At Outram Park MRT Station, take the Exit G to Police Cantonment Complex to go to Pinnacle @ Duxton

At Outram Park MRT Station, take the Exit G to Police Cantonment Complex

At the Exit, go to this junction. Cross the road to Dorsett Hotel., to go to Pinnacle @ Duxton

At the Exit, go to this junction. Cross the road to Dorsett Hotel (the brown building with glass cladding on the right).

Then, walk along this row of shophouses, towards Pinnacle @ Duxton

Then, walk along this row of shophouses.

You will then see the sign of Pinnacle @ Duxton. But keep walking straight, the entrance for Block 1G is further ahead.

You will then see the sign of Pinnacle @ Duxton. But keep walking straight, the entrance for Block 1G is further ahead.

This is bus stop named "Opp Maritime Hse." Right after the bus stop, enter the building on the left. You will see Managing Agent (MA) Office of Pinnacle @ Duxton

This is bus stop named “Opp Maritime Hse.” After the bus stop, enter Block 1G (building on the left). You will see Managing Agent (MA) Office.

There is a machine in front of MA Office that allows you to buy the ticket with an EZ-Link. One card can only be used for 1 person. If you wish to pay by cash, talk to the officer inside MA Office. After payment is done, you can take the lift from any block in The Pinnacle. Do note that you have to come down from the same block (there are 7 blocks in total, A to G); otherwise, you need to call MA Office to assist.

Managing Agent (MA) Office at Pinnacle @ Duxton where you have to purchase the ticket and register your identity. Notice the payment machine on the right.

Managing Agent (MA) Office where you have to purchase the ticket and register your identity. Notice the payment machine is on the right.

Payment machine where you can purchase ticket to go to Sky Bridge / Sky Garden at Level 50. You can only pay with EZ-Link with this machine. If you need to pay by cash, inform the officer in MA Office. Opening hour information is clearly pasted on the machine.

Payment machine where you can purchase the ticket to go to Sky Bridge / Sky Garden at Level 50. You can only pay with EZ-Link with this machine. If you need to pay by cash, inform the officer in MA Office. Opening hour information is clearly posted on the machine.

At 50th-floor, tap your EZ-Link card on the card reader at the turnstile and voila, you are at the Sky Bridge. When  you want to exit, tap again your EZ-Link card at the turnstile and take the lift down.

The rules of Sky Garden. Notice the turnstile gate where you have to tap your EZ-Link at card reader in order to access the Sky Garden at Pinnacle @ Duxton

The rules of Sky Garden. Notice the turnstile gate where you have to tap your EZ-Link at card reader in order to access the Sky Garden.

Things To Take Note

It’s pretty hot up there, you might consider applying sunscreen or bringing an umbrella to protect yourself from the sunlight.

Level 26th sky garden is not for public, only for residents. Only level 50 sky garden is open for public.

The opening hour of 50th-floor sky bridge for the public is 9.00 – 21.45 daily. Final admission is at 21.30. Final purchase of the ticket is at 21.00.

As mentioned above, you can take the lift from any block to go up, but you must go down at the same block. Otherwise, you need to call MA Office for assistance.

The quota allows only 200 members of public to visit the sky garden in a day. So, go early.

I hope you enjoy Singapore’s skyline view from Pinnacle @ Duxton!

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