WATCH: A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Singapore the ultimate layover destination

2019-06-19 07:55 - Selene Brophy
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The lifestyle complex that is Jewel Changi Airport will change the way you view airports. Forever. Watch the video above to see why.

Frequent travellers or even those who have had the unfortunate, often money-saving experience of a long, long layover know the drudgery of an almost-deserted airport with nothing but the odd airport cleaner and vending machine for company.

Before the opening of the 135 700 sqm Jewel complex earlier in May, Changi was a formidable airport in its own right. Now with the many attractions of the Jewel, built on the site of the former Terminal 1 open air carpark, I have literally seen the light of stopping over in the future-centric destination such as Singapore.

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It's grand. And then some.  With a light show for practically everything (The rain vortex one takes place on the half-hour from 7pm until midnight).

Singapore Airlines have also upped the stop-over value with passengers who are in Singapore for 24+ hours eligible for a Singapore Stopover Holiday (SSH), including a one-night hotel stay, round-trip airport transfers, complimentary rides on the SIA Hop-on Bus & free admission to 15 attractions. All you have to do is book a “multi-city” trip to access this deal. 

Distinctive dome-shaped façade and rain vortex

Designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie, it features a distinctive dome-shaped façade and also the world's highest indoor waterfall. Your curiosity is immediately peaked by the sound of rapturous water from the 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex. But the energy and excitement does not end there, as that attractions include more than just unique shopping and dining concepts. 

A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin

The 40m high rain vortex. (Photo: Anthony Ang)


As a leisure attractions for both residents and international visitors, this multi-faceted experience has been envisioned as the place where the world meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the world - this is according to Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer, Jewel Changi Airport.

Traveller24 was given a firsthand look at the airport last week - with the opening of its Level 4 Changi experience. Every level of the terminal, including the basement gives you an inspiring vision of the waterfall, as lush greenery seamlessly integrates with the futuristic designs of the airport. An overriding factor when it comes to design across Singapore as the city-country remains ever-mindful of its limited resources and space. 

The surrounding manicured grounds of the Shiseido Forest Valley, play attractions such as the Manulife Sky Nets, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze and DiscoverySlides all add a surreal dimension to your stop-over experience. 

A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin

The level 4 Changi experience has ticketed attractions to entertain young and old. (Photo: Selene Brophy)

A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin

Beautiful, fresh flowered topiary garden. (Photo: Selene Brophy) 


A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin

See, hear and taste a unique experience... (Photo: Anthony Ang) 

A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin

Gamification of all aspects of airport life and the jobs that make this airport tick. (Photo: Selene Brophy)

A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin
A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin


Virtual World of Changi

The Changi Experience Studio on Level 4 brings visitors on a journey of fun and discovery through the virtual world of Changi Airport with interactive games, projection experiences, immersive shows and gallery exhibits. Enhancement of capacity at Changi Airport.

In conjunction with the development of Jewel, Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 has also been expanded to increase capacity by another three million passenger movements per year. This brings the airport’s total capacity to 85 million, ensuring that it remains well placed to support the growth of air travel in the region.

As part of Changi Airport’s continued focus on providing passenger convenience, airport facilities have also been added in Jewel. These include early check-in counters and kiosks, a baggage storage service and the Changi Lounge, a 150-seat lounge with shower facilities,offering seamless transfers for passengers connecting to and from cruise and ferry services.

Jewel also houses the first YotelAir property in Asia. With 130 smartly-designed cabins that optimise space in its Premium, Accessible and Family cabins, these rooms can be booked for a minimum of four hours, ideal for short daytime layovers or overnight stays.

With its iconic architecture, lush indoor gardens, one-of-a-kind attractions, and unique shopping and dining options, Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) is a multi-dimensional lifestyledestination for Singapore residents and international travellers to enjoy.

More than just air transport node to a destination in itself, it entices travellers to choose Singapore as their preferred stopover destination.

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A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin

The first YotelAir property in Asia. (Photo: Selene Brophy)

A firsthand look inside Changi's Jewel, making Sin

What you need to know about the visitor experience:

The general operating hours of Jewel is 10am to 10pm - however anchor tenants remain open, until the early hours of the morning. 

To ensure the safety and the optimal experience of all guests when they visit the attractions,entry requirements will be implemented through a ticketing system on www.jewelchangiairport.com. 

Entrance fees for the various attractions will range from $7.20 to $19.80. There are also bundle packages to enjoy all or most of the attractions.   

Members of the public are encouraged to use the trains or public buses when visiting Jewel.

Apart from the Changi Airport MRT station, there are several bus services operating at T1,T2 and T3.

T1 is seamlessly integrated with Jewel via the Level 1 Arrival Hall, while T2 andT3 are linked to Jewel via air-conditioned pedestrian linkways.

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