Watched a lot of Westworld lately? You may have noticed a few familiar locations in the recently unveiled third season of this Emmy-winning HBO series. It’s Singapore!
Actor Jeffrey Wright (who plays Bernard Lowe) says “Singapore seems worlds away. The architecture is futuristic, innovative, and sprawling. It is such a unique city.”
Here are a few key locations to make memorable cameos in the third series. Cosy up with your sweetheart to watch (or rewatch) all the super-stylish, dystopian drama – and follow the trail next time you’re in the Lion City.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
An urban oasis in the heart of the city, PARKROYAL on Pickering is featured throughout the third season, including the first episode where we catch a glimpse of the roof terrace with its distinctive birdcage cabanas and lush infinity pool. It was also home to the cast and crew during filming.
The deeply atmospheric interior of Atlas bar and lobby makes a perfect fit for Westworld (look out for Vincent Cassel’s Serac here). An art deco-esque feast of cinematic proportions, this much-lauded Singapore lobby and bar is located on the ground floor of the Parkview Square building and is home to the world’s largest gin selection!
With spectacular views of the Singapore River and Marina Bay Sands, the Helix Bridge is akin to walking through an enormous DNA strand. A perfect fit for Westworld’s genetics and data-obsessed universe.
Kaleidoscopic retail mecca Orchard Road pulls focus when Caleb (Aaron Paul) takes a phone call against a night-time backdrop of brightly lit designer stores and neon-illuminated steps (filmed between the Wisma Atria and ION shopping centres).
Chinatown Food Street
It’s hard to miss the red lanterns and noodle stalls of Chinatown’s bustling Food Street in episode 4. Following a multimillion-dollar revamp, the shophouse-lined street with an all-weather roof is one of Singapore’s most popular foodie destinations. Co-producer of Westworld (and Singapore local) Freddie Yeo said, “Chinatown retains a lot of the looks of the shophouses and you see the old and new world side by side.”
National Gallery Singapore
Also in episode 4, look out for the distinctive Rotunda Dome of the National Gallery Singapore. Co-producer Freddie Yeo notes the National Gallery “retains what was originally from our British Colonial days, in terms of architecture, and blends this with modern and new in one single location.”
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