Westworld is a science fiction Western and dystopian television series shown on HBO since its first season in 2016. The series is based on the 1973 film of the same name, and produced by a group of well-known science fiction producers including J.J. Abrams. Set in the titular Westworld, a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-theme park populated by android "hosts". The park caters to high-paying guests who may indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are prevented by their programming from harming humans, or so they thought.
As the series progresses, we follow protagonist host Dolores, played brilliantly by Evan Rachel Wood, as she leads the fight back of the hosts against their human makers in the real world mid-21st century, where people's lives are driven and controlled by a powerful artificial intelligence named Rehoboam. The series is a great social commentary on our modern and soon-to-be futuristic life, and the technology-dependent society we live in now, but beyond that, Westworld also took us to some great locations around the world, something that we at SweetEscape are always interested about!
Specifically for the third season, airing now on HBO, Westworld shot a lot of its episodes in Singapore, one of our most popular cities to visit and have a photo shoot in! On this third edition of our HBO–we're moving away from Netflix for a moment here–and Travel series, we invite you our readers to visit these 5 amazing Singapore locations from the series' third season and step into the futuristic world once the quarantine is lifted! Alert! The article contains some spoilers!
In episode four, a meeting between Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Caleb (Aaron Paul) took place in a pristine, futuristic place with a dome visible in the background. The dome can be found in the National Gallery Singapore, built in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, the largest visual art gallery in Singapore.
You can easily visit The National Gallery by taking the North South Line (Red Line) MRT train. Stop at City Hall Station, and walk a few metres across St. Andrew's Church to the majestic historical building. The gallery has a lot of interesting arts exhibitions to see all year long, and is also a great place to have your SweetEscape session too! The perfect combination of heritage and futuristic architecture are evident in the building's architecture, and the glass ceiling makes the sunlight flows beautifully into the interior, making a great photo shoot experience.
Still in episode four, we see Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton), the former bartender / madame in Westworld's saloon, stroll under the red lanterns and past some street food stalls. These stalls and lanterns can be found on Singapore's Chinatown, which recently have been revamped with all-weather roof and modern façade.
To visit Chinatown, simply take the North East Line (Purple Line) or Downtown Line (Blue Line) MRT and stop at Chinatown Station. Take exit A to Pagoda Street, and you will be greeted directly with the red lanterns. There are more to explore in the ever-busy Chinatown area, though, from the historic New Majestic Hotel, the OG Building, People's Park, and the famous Food Center, where you can sample some of Singapore's finest street food and hawker culture in town. For a heritage-themed photo shoot with SweetEscape, Chinatown is also the place to be!
Even in the trailer for the third season, we can see Caleb walking across the eye-catching Helix bridge, with the Singapore Flyer observation wheel just visible in the background. The Helix Bridge, a 280-meter-long overpass on Marina Bay was designed to look like a DNA strand. The bridge is a perfect fit for Westworld’s genetics- and data-obsessed universe.
The Helix is also one of the most favourite spots for Escapists to have their photo sessions in Singapore! To visit The Helix, simply go to Marina Bay Sands Shoppes and walk outside. The entire Marina Bay area is a great place to explore and to take photos in, from the Shoppes to the Theatre to the Arts and Science Museum and the nearby Gardens by the Bay. Stay a bit longer, because at night the entire place is lit up by colourful lights, including The Helix Bridge!
Caleb took a phone call about his job interview in a nighttime Orchard Road shopping street, filled with brightly-lit designer stores and futuristic neon steps. Even without the movie magic, Orchard Road is looking futuristic already, especially the Orchard Central, Somerset 313, and Wisma Atria to ION Orchard area, which was the backdrop of this scene.
Said to be the 'Center of Gravity' of Singapore's retail scene, Orchard Road is the definitive place to be for shopping in Singapore. From Plaza Singapura at Dhoby Ghaut to ION Orchard at the other end of the road, Orchard Road is filled with stores and restaurants offering just anything you could imagine. It is also a great place to take an urban-themed photo shoot in Singapore too! If you cannot take the heat of the day though, you can safely and cooly walk from Nge Ann City (where the famed Takashimaya Dept. Store is located) to ION via the underground tunnel, which is also filled with shops!
Right at the first episode of the season, we are greeted with the ultra-futuristic building where Caleb was doing his job interviews. Some of SweetEscape's team members squealed for joy when they saw this, because the magnificent building is actually LASALLE College of the Arts' McNally Campus, one of the leading contemporary arts and design universities in Asia, and almamater for some of our team members!
Located around Rochor and Bugis area and could be visited easily by taking the Downtown Line MRT to Rochor Station, this Singapore's Building of the Year for 2008 boasts a 1,500 square metres of contemporary art exhibition and gallery spaces, and is also equipped with the region's first Theatre and Art Production Workshop for the construction of full-scale stage sets. Beyond that, it is also a great place for your SweetEscape photo shoots, enabling you to recreate the futuristic moments in Westworld today.
We could go on and on when talking about interesting Westworld spots in Singapore! Hang on a little longer during this quarantine! We've heard great reports recently that the economy is starting to reopening in June, and we're sure that when everything's back to normal, we can jump at the short flight to Singapore and have your moments #CapturedPerfectly with SweetEscape again!