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Jewel Changi Airport: 7 Attractions to Enjoy

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Ced earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 1999. His interests include history, traveling, and mythology.

Jewel Changi Airport is an architectural gem at the heart of Singapore’s multi-award-winning airport. Full of natural and modern attractions to enjoy.

Jewel Changi Airport is an architectural gem at the heart of Singapore’s multi-award-winning airport. Full of natural and modern attractions to enjoy.

Long layovers and early check-ins are usually a drag, but not so at Jewel Changi Airport.

The latest addition to Singapore’s multi-award-winning airport, “Jewel” is a toroid-shaped mixed-use complex conceptualized to resemble an indoor tropical valley. The spectacular 40-meter indoor waterfall at its heart is but one of the many reasons you will want to linger in this lush wonderland.

For an alternate view of the HSBC Rain Vortex, ride the Skytrain in between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. The carriages leisurely glide past the heart of the waterfall.

For an alternate view of the HSBC Rain Vortex, ride the Skytrain in between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. The carriages leisurely glide past the heart of the waterfall.

1. Marvel at the HSBC Rain Vortex Waterfall

The centerpiece of Jewel, the waterfall is as of 2019, the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. An absolute marvel to behold, the cascade is presented with the sky as a natural backdrop and is especially enchanting during nighttime light-and-sound performances.

Listening to its soothing splashes while surrounded by verdant landscapes is also, as you can imagine, a splendid way to prepare for or recover from a flight.

The tiers of the Shiseido Forest Valley form a verdant bowl of which the heart is the HSBC Rain Vortex.

The tiers of the Shiseido Forest Valley form a verdant bowl of which the heart is the HSBC Rain Vortex.

2. Rejuvenate at the Shiseido Forest Valley

Resembling something right out of a science fiction movie, the lush man-made hillside surrounding the Rain Vortex is not only full of vantage spots, there are also multiple mini waterfalls to complete the sensation of an indoor oasis.

Needless to say, this verdant valley is doubly mesmerizing in the evening when illuminated by the rainbow hues of the Rain Vortex.

Jewel Changi Airport Canopy Park is home to entertainment both serene and thrilling.

Jewel Changi Airport Canopy Park is home to entertainment both serene and thrilling.

3. Have a Thrilling or Relaxing Adventure at the Canopy Park

The “top” of the Shiseido Forest Valley is home to a variety of attractions and alfresco-style eateries. Apart from mazes and slides, there is a flower garden, a suspended bridge, even a topiary walk.

For the fun-loving, the attractions not to miss are the two Manulife Sky Nets. Suspended as high as 25 meters above the ground, a bouncy stroll across either one is an experience you wouldn’t soon forget.

A plethora of local and international food choices await the hungry and curious.

A plethora of local and international food choices await the hungry and curious.

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4. Enjoy Themed Restaurants and Hipster Food Galore

With over a hundred restaurants and eateries ranging from the elaborately themed to straight-forward “food court” stalls, you will find it’s quite the challenge to decide what to feast on when at Jewel.

In fact, if you’ve missed out on any of Singapore’s beloved snacks and dishes during your visit, there is probably nowhere else in the country more convenient for a catch-up. Of note, diners at the basement levels can also enjoy their meals while gazing at the rainbow-colored funnel capturing the downpour of the Rain Vortex.

There are over 150 shops at Jewel, large and small. Including several specializing in Singaporean souvenirs and food products.

There are over 150 shops at Jewel, large and small. Including several specializing in Singaporean souvenirs and food products.

5. Indulge in Shopping Therapy

The outer circumference of the Shiseido Forest Valley is ringed by several levels of shops, a selection of which includes Japanese lifestyle chains Muji and Tokyu Hands, Nike’s largest store in Southeast Asia, and luxury brands such as Coach and Kate Spade.

Naturally, there are also many shops specializing in Singaporean souvenirs and products. All make Jewel the perfect last-minute stop for visitors looking to bring home tropical memories.

The latest in cinematic entertainment awaits at Shaw Theatres Jewel.

The latest in cinematic entertainment awaits at Shaw Theatres Jewel.

6. Catch a Movie

Located within the basement levels, Shaw Theatres Jewel is a cineplex equipped with several firsts in Singapore.

These include Singapore’s first IMAX with Laser auditorium, a dedicated screening hall for families, and the first DTS:X capable halls in the country. Try not to mind your mini inflight screen too much after spending a few hours in this movie wonderland.

Pokémon Center Singapore and Changi Experience Studio.

Pokémon Center Singapore and Changi Experience Studio.

7. Discover Your Inner Child

For kids and the young at heart, the foremost attraction at Jewel is undoubtedly the first Pokémon Center outside of Japan.

And even if your child is not into Pikachu, there are still the attractions at the Canopy Park (see above) as well as the Changi Experience Studio.

An interactive exhibition with over 20 displays highlighting the workings of the entire airport, Changi Experience Studio is described in official brochures as an “exciting virtual expenditure” from the past to the future. This high-tech studio will surely appeal to adults and children alike, particularly air travel aficionados.

Access Information: How to Visit Jewel Changi Airport Singapore

As mentioned above, Jewel literally lies at the heart of the Changi Airport Complex and is well connected to Terminals 1, 2, and 3.

If you are landing at Terminal 4, hop on the free 24-hour shuttle bus and head to Terminal 2. At Terminal 2, the access route is also well-marked. (Or you could ask any of the friendly airport staff)

And if you’re arriving from elsewhere in Singapore:

By Bus: Alight at Terminal 1. After alighting, head up one level and the (underground) entrance to Jewel will be within sight.

By Taxi/Private Car/Coach: Alight at the departure level of Terminal 1. The main entrance to Jewel will be right beside you.

By Subway (MRT): Alight at Changi Airport Station. Exit to Terminal 2 or 3, and use the link bridges located at the upper levels. The route is prominently marked.

Important Update January 2021

Regrettably, Changi Airport Terminal 2 is closed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This closure, however, does not affect access to Jewel. The route from the MRT station mentioned above is still usable.

Christmas Decorations at Jewel

Every December, the Shiseido Forest Valley is transformed into a festive playground. With the entrance always featuring an immense Christmas tree.

Every December, the Shiseido Forest Valley is transformed into a festive playground. With the entrance always featuring an immense Christmas tree.

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© 2019 Ced Yong

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