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The 'Crazy Rich Asians' guide to Singapore

By Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop

Published August 16, 2018

Thanks to the new Hollywood romantic comedy, "Crazy Rich Asians," the first Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast since Disney made "The Joy Luck Club" in 1993, travelers' interest in visiting Singapore is renewed.

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Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, "Crazy Rich Asians" stars Constance Wu of "Fresh Off the Boat" as a professor who follows her boyfriend to Singapore to go to a wedding and meet his family.

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Singapore, with its unique blend of cultures, played a starring role in the book and is given the full Hollywood treatment in the adaptation.

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In the film, the couple stays at the historic Raffles Hotel, which is now going through extensive renovations and slated to re-open at the end of this year.

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The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which opened in 2010, features in most shots of the Singapore skyline. It's recognizable by the surfboard-shaped rooftop park.

Marina Bay Sands

The movie locates the wedding of the year at CHIJMES, once a Catholic convent. It's now an enclave of shops, bars, restaurants and courtyards.

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The 19th-century chapel (CHIJMES Hall), with Gothic Revival-style ceilings and stained-glass panels, is now a chic function hall.

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The wedding reception was filmed at the more futuristic-looking Gardens by the Bay, which has themed gardens and the beautiful SuperTree Grove.

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In the film, Rachel vents to her friend about her boyfriend's mom on historic Bukit Pasoh Road. It's a neighborhood known for its beautiful Peranakan-style shophouses.

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The movie picked the Newton Food Center to stand in for the historic Lau Pa Sat hawker center, where the characters eat satay on their arrival in Singapore.

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