Crazy Rich Asians has become an instant success as it went live in the cinemas at the end of August. With an all-Asian cast, this movie is making history in cinematography. Shot in the most beautiful spots around the city, the movie has greatly heated up the world’s interest towards the main location in where the plot unveils – Singapore. If you are wondering where Crazy Rich Asians locations are in Singapore and Malaysia, we have created a list of the actual venues! Now go ahead for a trip around the city following the steps of Rachel and Nick 🙂
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Rachel Chu played by Constance Wu and Nick Young played by Henry Golding stay in the presidential suite at Raffles Hotel. This colonial-style luxury hotel is a real piece of history – it was built in 1887! The hotel was named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
Newton Hawker Centre
Nick and Rachel bond with their friends, Colin and his fiancée, well-known model across Asia, Araminta. Rachel tries for the first time Singaporean food at Newton Hawker, another Crazy Rich Asians location. Singaporeans call the Newton Food Centre one of the best food spots in Singapore – the paradise for foodies! The scene showcases some of the best authentic dishes.
Bukit Pasoh Road, Ann Siang Hill
That is where Rachel (left) shared her showdown with Eleanor (Nick’s mother) to Peik Lin (right) after feeling upset about Eleanor telling her she will never be good enough for Nick. What you see in the background of this scene is Singapore’s authentic shopping street.
→ Shophouses, can see some Chinese letters which builds up to the cultural emphasis of the movie:
The wedding scene shot at Chijmes Hall is considered to be one of the most beautiful wedding scenes in Hollywood. The super extra wedding dress in fact, isn’t a wedding dress at all but a jumpsuit with an attachable tulle skirt. It took 30 people over the course of 3 weeks to embellish the outfit with Swarvoski crystals. It certainly made the scene when Sonoya Mizuno, playing Araminta Lee walked down the aisle as the water spread out beneath her feet. What an entrance!
Gardens by the Bay
Colin and Araminta’s wedding is set in Chijmes but their reception is held in Gardens by the bay, which is the symbol of Goverment’s “City in a Garden” mission. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens. Over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates. There are hundreds of trees and plants to discover.
Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool & Ce La Vi
Congratulatory celebrations for Nick and Rachel’s engagement happens at the very top of the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel at its bar/club Ce La Vi. While synchronised swimmers swim in the infinity pool beside, they watch over and celebrate the night with friends and family. What a lavish night. It definitely is a beautiful spot but synchronised swimmers? Won’t be finding them there!
https://youtu.be/NtkiGyuu32Y (synchronized swimming at MBS infinity pool)
Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia
Aramita’s bachelorette party was not filmed in Singapore but its neighbouring country, Malaysia at an exclusive Four Seasons Resort in Langkawi. A popular destination for beach vacations, Langkawi is captured beautifully in the movie offering tropical paradise but in the movie, shopping spree for the ladies! If you want to experience Langkawi ‘Crazy Rich Asian’s style, Four Seasons Hotel just released a ‘Crazy Rich Asians stay package. Including breakfast, stays start at $680 within the best parts of the hotel where the film was shot.
Be-landa House, Kuala Lumpur
When this house is introduced to show Eleanor Young (Nick’s mother) as she is doing bible study with her friends, everyone wows at the scenie landscape! This house is located in Malaysia. It is a real mansion owned by couple, Jan and Ineke Hofstede. It was designed by Stephanie Maignan, co-founder of an architectural firm based in Kuala Lumpur.
Carcosa Seri Negara
This home of Nick’s grandmother in the movie is actually based in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia. The mansion is called Carcosa Seri Negara. Two mansions side-by-side formerly used to be a luxury hotel on its own. It was featured in the movie as part of Tyersall Park.
Some interesting facts about the movie:
- The budget of the movie is 30 million USD
- It’s the first Hollywood film to have an all-Asian cast in 25 years.
- Crazy Rich Asians (the book) is a part of a trilogy, and following the success of the movie, the director is already talking about creating a sequel!
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