What foreign celebs do in Singapore (when they’re not working)

From playing tourist to catching up with old friends, here’s what some overseas stars have been up to on our sunny shores

What foreign celebs do in Singapore (when they’re not working)
What foreign celebs do in Singapore (when they’re not working)
31 May 2019

What foreign celebs do in Singapore (when they’re not working)

Over the years, our humble little red dot has played host to numerous celebrities from around the globe, most of which come here to lend some extra sparkle to our local productions, make public appearances or hold press conferences to promote their latest work, or to put on spectacular musical performances.

But have you ever wondered what they get up to when they get a bit of time off during their trip here? Ahead, we check out what some foreign stars have been seen doing out and about in the Lion City from their posts - or others’ - on social media.

Taking a ride on public transport
Taking a ride on public transport
31 May 2019

Taking a ride on public transport

We doubt we were the only ones who were taken aback by these shots of Super Junior’s Eunhyuk and Hong Kong actress Myolie Wu against two very familiar and unexpected backdrops: the interiors of an SBS bus and SMRT train respectively. You mean celebrities are capable of being ferried around in vehicles other than limousines or vans with tinted windows!?

Jokes aside, it was a very refreshing sight. There’s nothing like exploring a city like one of its locals, right? The former was in town with the rest of his group for HallyuPopFest two weekends ago, while the latter had tagged along with her husband Philip Lee for a work trip over Valentine’s Day this year.

Photos: Instagram/Eunhyuk, Philip Lee

Stuffing their faces with local food
Stuffing their faces with local food
31 May 2019

Stuffing their faces with local food


Singaporeans love their food, and foreigners love Singaporean food. Countless international celebrities have raved about their gastronomical experiences here, whether in interviews or on social media, and many eateries across the island are decorated with pictures of famous past patrons plastered all over their walls.

Dishes that have charmed the stars include bak kut teh (Mandopop king Jay Chou is such a regular at Founder Bak Kut Teh that the owner was able to do the #10yearchallenge with him), satay (check out that look of contentment on Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan’s face), kaya toast (Chow Yun Fat is probably the most badass Ya Kun customer ever), and durian (Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain discovered her new favourite fruit when she was here to promote The Huntsman: Winter’s War in 2016).

Photos: Instagram/Founder Bak Kut Teh, Gemma Chan, Jessica Chastain, Facebook/Ya Kun Kaya Toast

Gorging on chilli (or pepper) crab
Gorging on chilli (or pepper) crab
31 May 2019

Gorging on chilli (or pepper) crab

One of our nation’s signature dishes deserves a special mention on its own simply because of how beloved it is among South Korean stars - so much so that it has become pretty much de rigueur for them to gush about it during events (we legit find it an anomaly when they mention something else instead) or online.

Here, Girls’ Generation’s Yoona is seen happily showing off the feast she enjoyed when she was here for her solo fan meeting late last year(we’re sure she had crab again during her most recent visit in March), and SHINee leader Onew, despite not being the most active user on social media, specially uploaded a picture of him sporting a Jumbo Seafood (the same restaurant that Yoona was at) apron back in 2015.

Photos: Instagram/Yoona, Twitter/Onew

Being wowed at Gardens by the Bay
Being wowed at Gardens by the Bay
31 May 2019

Being wowed at Gardens by the Bay

Not even the biggest celebrities in the world are immune to the dazzling effects of Gardens by the Bay, whether it’s the spectacular Supertrees or the stunning botanical displays inside the greenhouses.

Over the years, prominent figures like supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio and Hollywood heavyweights Reese Witherspoon and Brie Larson (who visited just months ago to promote Captain Marvel) have gushed about their experiences at the park on their respective social media accounts. Pop princess Ariana Grande, who arrived days ahead of her Singapore Grand Prix 2017 performance, even called the Garden Rhapsody music and lights show “the best 12 minutes” of her life.

Photos: Instagram/Ariana Grande, Alessandra Ambrosio, Brie Larson, Facebook/Reese Witherspoon

Having fun at Universal Studios Singapore
Having fun at Universal Studios Singapore
31 May 2019

Having fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Can you imagine queuing up for a ride at Universal Studios, only to discover that 2PM’s Nichkhun or former 2NE1 member Sandara Park is behind you (okay, they would probably have gotten one of those fast passes, but still)?

Many familiar faces have happily flaunted snapshots from their visits to the theme park on social media, whether it’s of them in front of the recognisable rotating globe outside the gantries (like Taiwanese actress Joanne Tseng, who was filming All is Well here) or against one of the many Instagram-worthy spots inside (how cute are S.H.E’s Selina, Hebe, and Ella?).

Photos: Instagram/Nichkhun, Sandara Park, Joanne Tseng, Weibo/Hebe Tien

Getting high (literally) at Sands SkyPark
Getting high (literally) at Sands SkyPark
31 May 2019

Getting high (literally) at Sands SkyPark

Not many things scream “I went to Singapore and lived like a baller” like a shot of one lounging in the infinity pool at the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. British actor Tom Holland, however, achieved two other things with his post: he cleverly referenced his web-slinging character(“A big drop even for Spiderman”, he wrote in the caption) and showed off his rippling muscles.

Then there was Victoria Beckham, who for some reason decided to pose at the area directly opposite the pool while being almost completely covered from head to toe. Then again, the former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer could make any random corner look chic.

Photos: Instagram/Tom Holland, Twitter/Victoria Beckham

Checking out other touristy spots
Checking out other touristy spots
31 May 2019

Checking out other touristy spots

Of course, there are tons of other renowned attractions to check out in Singapore besides the few we highlighted above.

For instance, there is the Merlion Park and Singapore Flyer, which the boys of K-pop super-group BTS were shown visiting in 2014 (years before they took over the world and could still venture out in public without getting mobbed), and the ArtScience Museum, which Doctor Strange/Sherlock Holmes himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, popped by between promotions for Avengers: Infinity War last year. Korean actor Park Bo Gum showed off a pic of him on the G-MAX Reverse Bungy in Clarke Quay at his 2017 fan meeting, and Hong Kong diva Liza Wang took some time to explore Resorts World Sentosa before her concert there last weekend.

Photos: Twitter/BTS Official, Facebook/Marina Bay Sands

Catching up with old friends
Catching up with old friends
31 May 2019

Catching up with old friends

Our local personalities are a well-connected bunch indeed, judging from the number of times a foreign celeb has dropped by and made sure to arrange for a meet-up with them.

Lawrence Wong caused a stir online when he posted pictures from his visit to Story of Yanxi Palace co-star Wu Jinyan’s hotel room with loads of local fare back in April (when she was here for Star Awards);Taiwanese actor Kaiser Chuang and his wife enjoyed a day out at the zoo with Andie Chen, Kate Pang, and all their kids early last month; screen legend Joan Chen met Qi Yuwu for a meal when she was here for the Singapore International Film Festival last year; Taiwanese entertainer Alien Huang once dropped by Chew Chor Meng's mookata stall to show his support; and football icons David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo are known to be pals of socialite Kim Lim (the latter even visited her at Thomson Medical Centre when she gave birth in 2017).

#Squadgoals, anybody?

Photos: Instagram/Kaiser Chuang, Lawrence Wong, Qi Yuwu, Kim Lim

Taking pictures at other random places
Taking pictures at other random places
31 May 2019

Taking pictures at other random places

And then there were these two, who decided to venture off the beaten path and conduct impromptu photo shoots at rather unexpected locations.

We were tickled when Korean actor Lee Dong Wook posted several pictures taken in front of an ERP gantry (we recognise it as the one outside Marina Bay Sands), but his pics - as well as the ones GOT7’s Yugyeom took at what appears to be East Coast Park (correct us if we’re wrong) - made us wish we could look even half as cool standing in front of mundane backdrops like that.

Photos: Instagram/Lee Dong Wook, Yugyeom

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