Jewel Changi Airport: 7 Reasons to Check In Early When Leaving Singapore

Updated on September 19, 2019
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Yong earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 1999. His interests include history, traveling, mythology, and video-gaming.

Jewel Changi Airport is the latest glittering addition to Singapore’s multi-award-winning airport.
Jewel Changi Airport is the latest glittering addition to Singapore’s multi-award-winning airport.

It’s always dreary to have to check in early for your flight, is it not? Not so at Jewel Changi Airport. The latest addition to Singapore’s multi-award-winning Changi Airport, “Jewel” is a toroid-shaped mixed-use complex conceptualized to resemble an indoor tropical valley. The spectacular 40-meter indoor waterfall is but one of the reasons you will want to linger in this lush wonderland.

1. HSBC Rain Vortex

The centerpiece of Jewel Changi Airport, 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 light-and-sound performances in the evening. Listening to its splashing while surrounded by verdant landscapes is also, undeniably, a splendid way to prepare for or recover from a flight.

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

Architectural Trivia

Architect Moshe Safdie designed Jewel Changi Airport as a toroid rather than a dome, in order for the vortex to be off–centered. Otherwise, the Changi Skytrain, in existence since 2007, would be drenched each time it passes through the Jewel.

2. Shiseido Forest Valley

Resembling something right out of a science fiction movie, the lush hillside encompassing 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 man-made valley is doubly mesmerizing in the evening when illuminated by the rainbow hues of the Rain Vortex.

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

3. Indoor Adventureland

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, and 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 of the nets is an experience you wouldn’t soon forget.

The uppermost level of Jewel Changi Airport is home to entertainment both serene and thrilling.
The uppermost level of Jewel Changi Airport is home to entertainment both serene and thrilling.

Pre-Purchase Tickets Online

Unfortunately, bundled i.e. discounted tickets for the indoor attractions of Jewel are only sold online. Buy your tickets via the official Jewel Changi Airport website before visiting.

4. 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 Changi Airport.

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.

A plethora of dining choices await the hungry.
A plethora of dining choices await the hungry.

5. Shoppers’ Paradise

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 products and souvenirs, thus making Jewel the perfect last-minute stop for visitors looking to bring home tropical memories.

What About My Bags?

Jewel Changi Airport is at the heart of the Changi Airport complex and well connected to Terminals 1, 2, and 3. At Level One, there are also early check-in facilities as well as paid baggage storage.

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.

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 Singapore. Try not to mind your mini inflight screen too much after a few hours at this movie wonderland.

The latest in cinematic entertainment awaits at Shaw Theatres Jewel.
The latest in cinematic entertainment awaits at Shaw Theatres Jewel.

7. Kids’ Paradise

For kids and the young at heart, the foremost attraction at Jewel is undoubtedly the first Pokémon Center outside of Japan. Even if your child is not into Pikachu, there are still the attractions at the top level (see above) and the Changi Experience Studio (opening May 2019). The latter is an interactive exhibition with over 20 displays highlighting the workings of Changi Airport. Described as an “exciting virtual expenditure” from the past to the future, the studio will surely appeal to adults too, particularly air travel aficionados.

Pokémon Center Singapore and Changi Experience Studio.
Pokémon Center Singapore and Changi Experience Studio.

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    © 2019 Kuan Leong Yong

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        Kuan Leong Yong 

        4 months ago from Singapore

        That is great! By then, all the attractions would be opened. You would also need more than half a day if you want to enjoy all of them.

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        Aurelio Locsin 

        4 months ago from Orange County, CA

        Sounds like another winning addition to the best airport in the world. Looking forward to visiting The Jewel when we transit through Singapore in a few months.

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