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‘Westworld’ Season 3: The 20 Singapore Locations You Can Find In Its Future World

The city state’s futuristic landmarks are put to good use in the HBO sci-fi thriller’s third season.

By Marguerita TanPublished 4 years ago 7 min read

From being the present-day setting for Crazy Rich Asians, to being part of Westworld’s future world, Singapore is in the Hollywood spotlight again.

In the critically acclaimed HBO sci-fi series' third and latest season, Singapore is not only one of the real world cities that still exists in 2058–unlike Paris which was nuked decades earlier–but some of the Garden City’s futuristic landmarks also doubles for Los Angeles (LA).

The new season focuses on android host Dolores Abernathy (played by Evan Rachel Wood) who, having left the Wild-West-themed park in ruins in the season two finale, embarks on a personal agenda to wipe out the human race in their “real” world.

In an interview with CNA Lifestyle, Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy explained why Singapore was ideal for the show’s mid-21st century setting. “It’s the ways in which nature entangles with modernity here. (The) architecture is so spectacular and quite singular and unique,” she said.

Cast members who flew to Singapore for a 10-day shoot in July 2019 include Wood, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright, who all posted on Instagram pictures of local attractions they’d visited such as Gardens by the Bay and National Orchid Garden.

From iconic cultural destinations to strikingly-designed arts schools, no less than 20 Singapore locations can be spotted in Westworld Season 3. Needless to say, spoilers ahead if you have yet to catch up on the series.

20 Singapore Locations That You Can Find In Westworld Season 3

1. Singapore Skyline

The Singapore skyline as seen in a Westworld Season 3 teaser trailer. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

The first inkling that Singapore will definitely be featured in Westworld was when a night shot of its unmistakable skyline was spotted behind an ultra-modern flying vehicle in a Season 3 teaser trailer. The scene later plays out in the premiere episode, “Parce Domine,” where ex-soldier Caleb–a new character played by Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul–drops off a delivery, prior to meeting Dolores for the first time in 2058 LA.

“There is a poetic shape to the skyline of Singapore that no other city has. There is a beautiful curvature to it that is really unique and interesting,” showrunner Joy told CNA Lifestyle.

2. PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering

Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) on the rooftop of PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering hotel in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

Recognizable by its distinctive birdcage cabana and outdoor infinity pool, this award-winning garden concept hotel was briefly seen in a flashback simulation in episode one, as Dolores threatens a boorish Delos employee in his smart home in Beihai, China. Known also for its massive sky gardens and lush foliage throughout its premises, the eco-conscious hotel was also where the Westworld cast and crew stayed in while in Singapore.

3. Pinnacle@Duxton

Caleb (Aaron Paul) in his apartment that features the Pinnacle@Duxton housing complex (top right) in Westworld Season 3 Episode 1. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

Viewers were first introduced to Caleb as he awakes in bed in LA–reminiscent to Dolores waking up in her Westworld bed in the very first episode of season one. As he sat up, Caleb’s window view features the Pinnacle@Duxton (pictured above, top right), Singapore’s first 50-storey public housing project that comprises seven towers linked by two skybridges on the 26th and 50th floors. For a small fee, visitors can go up to the 50th storey skygarden and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

4. School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)

SOTA's campus stands in as part of a LA hospital in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

Whenever Caleb visits his mother in hospital, the premises that leads to the wards is that of SOTA’s architectural award-winning campus with its distinctive wooden wall panels and ultra-long staircase. The institution is Singapore’s first and only pre-tertiary specialized arts school.

5. Stadium MRT station

Aaron Paul, as Caleb, on board a Singapore MRT train for a scene in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

On his way to pick up a petty crime job in the first episode, Caleb boards a subway train at an LA station, which is in reality Singapore’s design-award-winning Stadium MRT Station, so named as it is located next to the National Stadium where the country’s major sports, entertainment and lifestyle events are held.

6. LASALLE College of the Arts

Part of LASALLE College of the Arts, as seen in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO]

Also in the first episode, Caleb attends a job interview at a building consisting of faceted glass walls and irregular windows with black panels. The amazingly-designed campus of this arts tertiary institution comprises six 7-storey buildings linked by skybridges and an atrium. In episode three, “The Absence of Field,” Caleb and Dolores walk by the striking campus again, with the college’s “Expression” and “Collaboration” signs prominently seen above them.

7. Marina One

Dolores walking through Marina One which doubles as the Incite HQ in LA in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

After boyfriend and Incite CEO, Liam Dempsey Jr. (John Gallagher), left her at his LA office complex for a meeting in episode one, Dolores (under the alias Lara Espin) is seen walking through the building atrium which is bedecked with indoor waterfalls, greenery and meandering overhead structures. The location is part of Marina One, an eco-friendly commercial, residential and retail complex sited in Singapore’s central business district (CBD). The massive landmark is featured again in episode five, “Genre,” where much action takes place in the Incite HQ, including a huge explosion.

8. Robinson Road

Singapore's Robinson Road, as seen in Westworld Season 3 Episode 1. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

As Dolores tails Dempsey’s car on a futuristic motorcycle, where she’s at is in reality Robinson Road, one of Singapore’s busiest streets located in the CBD. The long avenue was also featured prominently in the 2015 action thriller, Hitman: Agent 47.

9. Marina Coastal Expressway

Singapore's first undersea road, the Marina Coastal Expressway, also made an appearance in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

Still in hot pursuit, Dolores is next seen speeding down an underground tunnel that is part of the 5km-long Marina Coastal Expressway, Singapore’s first undersea road, which links the eastern and western parts of the island, to the bustling Marina Bay area in the south.

10. National Gallery Singapore

(L to R) Evan Rachel Wood, Aaron Paul, and Singapore-based actress Nikki Muller, as seen at the National Gallery Singapore in Westworld Season 3 Episode 4. [Credit: HBO]

After meeting his shrink in “Parce Domine,” Caleb is seen walking on the rooftop of this art museum which has been gorgeously restored from two historic colonial buildings. It now houses the world’s largest Singapore and South-East Asian art, comprising over 8,000 artworks, as well as bars and restaurants. In episode four, “The Mother of Exiles,” the gallery plays the part of an exclusive LA bank for the filthy rich where Dolores and Caleb proceed to swipe out Dempsey’s bank account.

11. Orchard Road

Orchard Road, as seen in episode one of Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

In the first episode, when Caleb receives a job rejection phone call while walking past a stretch of brightly lit stores in LA, he was in fact on Singapore’s main shopping belt, Orchard Road. Later in episode four, Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) is seen wandering in Orchard Road for real, albeit at a different spot, having been reprogrammed to materialize in the real-world Singapore (see #15) by Engerraund Serac (Vincent Cassel), the co-creator of supercomputer Rehoboam.

12. The Helix Bridge

The Helix Bridge (with Caleb in foreground), as seen in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

While on the phone supposedly with his ex-Army mate Francis, Caleb paces at this pedestrian bridge, the longest in Singapore at 280m, which is designed specifically to look like the double helix structure of DNA. Made of special duplex stainless steel, it is illuminated by colored lights at night, providing Instagram-worthy opportunities for visitors, including stunning views of the Singapore skyline and the Marina Bay area.

13. Pulau Ubin

Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), as seen in Westworld Season 3, with the Pulau Ubin pier behind him. [Credit: HBO]

In episode one, Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) asks a boatman to take him to Westworld, located off the South China Sea. Actor Wright was actually on Pulau Ubin, a rustic island off north-eastern Singapore that has cycling and walking trails, seafood stalls, and mangrove tours for those keen in experiencing what Singapore village life is like in the 1960s.

14. Esplanade - Theatres By the Bay

Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay, as seen in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

Singapore gets an official name drop by French trillionaire Serac in episode four (see #15). Prior to that scene though, the city state is signposted by a beautiful night shot of the Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay, an exquisite performing arts centre located at the mouth of the Singapore River. It is affectionately nicknamed “The Durian” by locals for its resemblance to the pungent fruit’s spiky shell.

15. Atlas Bar

Serac (Vincent Cassel) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) in Singapore's Atlas Bar in Westworld Season 3 Episode 4. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

When Maeve meets Serac again in an “over-the-top” bar, she is told that she is not in a simulation but in real-life Singapore, albeit year 2058. The opulent bar they are in is the actual Atlas Bar, an Art Deco-inspired establishment that prides itself for its European cocktails, as well as an extensive range of gins, champagnes and spirits said to be largest in Asia.

16 & 17. Marina Bay Sands & ArtScience Museum

The iconic Marina Bay Sands (center) and the ArtScience Museum (left), as seen in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

Prominently featured in the fireworks-laden finale of 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians (and also in a trailer for 2016’s Independence Day: Resurgence), this iconic hotel complex–and the equally spectacular, lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum–are seen in a cutaway shot as Serac and Maeve made their way out of Atlas Bar in the fourth episode.

18. Esplanade Park

Maeve and Serac (bottom left) strolling through Esplanade Park in Westworld Season 3. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

As Serac brings Maeve to Bernard’s house–where Dolores made her new host bodies–they walk through this scenic park which has a closer view of the Singapore skyline.

19. Chinatown Food Street

Maeve walking through Singapore's Chinatown in Westworld Season 3 Episode 4. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

Sent by Serac to track down and kill Dolores, Maeve first wanders around Orchard Road (see #11), before sashaying her way through a row of hawker stalls in Singapore’s tourist-friendly Chinatown, whilst looking for a character known as The Mortician who can provide info on Dolores’ whereabouts.

20. Oasia Hotel Downtown

Oasia Hotel Downtown's rooftop (far left, albeit much touched-up), as seen in a Westworld Season 3 trailer. [Credit: HBO screenshot]

This colorful, uniquely designed 27-storey Singapore hotel, wrapped with an impressive vertical garden, was first seen (slightly altered in appearance) in a CGI-enhanced city overview shot of LA in a Westworld Season 3 trailer. Located in downtown Tanjong Pagar, actor Aaron Paul was also spotted by fans filming scenes for the series in the hotel's vicinity.

Westworld Season 3 airs on Sundays on HBO.

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Marguerita Tan

A freelance writer who loves God, movies, music and TV; esp Star Wars, Animation/Anime, GOT, The Wheel of Time, and anything that's entertaining! X/Threads/ISG: @marfield49

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