Jewel Changi Airport

Changi Airport consolidated its position as the world’s best airport with the opening of the much anticipated Jewel Changi Airport.  This impressive development at Singapore’s airport complex will no doubt keep passengers entertained while waiting for their onward flights.

Jewel is connected to Terminal 1 while visitors and passengers can access Jewel from Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 through air-conditioned sky-bridges.  Travelators in the sky-bridges help to shorten the distance.  The Skytrain track between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 actually passes by Jewel as well.

Sky-bridge to Jewel Changi Airport

Shopaholics and foodies will definitely love this massive complex which houses more than 200 shops and F&B outlets.

Welcome to Jewel Changi Airport

Crowd checking out the shops and F&B outlets in Jewel

The star of the whole complex has to be The HSBC Rain Vortex.  The sight of this 40 metre high waterfall that falls from the roof of the dome to the basement is truly breathtaking.  I was totally awestruck when I first set my eyes on this world’s tallest indoor waterfall.  Needless to say, the place was crowded and every spot in all the vantage points was taken up.

The HSBC Rain Vortex in the middle of the Forest Valley

The world’s tallest indoor waterfall can be viewed from the Skytrain

The Rain Vortex was definitely a crowd puller

Travellers between long flights can stretch their legs at the Shiseido Forest Valley East Trail while enjoying a magnificent view of the rain vortex from higher vantage point.

Start of Shiseido Forest Valley East Trail

I was also utterly impressed with the lush greenery of the Forest Valley.  Over 2,000 trees and over 100,000 shrubs were flown in to build the Forest Valley.  It truly felt like one has ventured into a dense jungle in the middle of a bustling city!

Forest Valley, jungle in the midst of a city

Visitors admiring the plants and shrubs in the Forest Valley

Orchid add colours to Forest Valley

As dusk sets in, the gushing rain vortex is bathed in various colours, making it the crowd’s focal point.  As the clock ticked towards 7.30pm and the skies turned dark, the crowd gathered at the valley got larger.  Everyone was eagerly waiting for the daily Jewel HSBC Rain Vortex Light Show.  It takes place every hour with the first show at 7.30pm and the last show at 12.30am.

‘Purple’ vortex

Vortex basked in electric blue

As the skies darken, the colours become more prominent

The show is a dazzling display of sound and lighting effects as the vortex switches colours from electric blue to fiery orangey yellow to bright pink.  To be honest, I expected more from the show.  Though it was good, I felt the Hong Kong Symphony of Lights was better.

Forest Valley is packed as visitors waited for Jewel HSBC Rain Vortex Light Show to start

Let the show begin

The light effects of Rain Vortex Light Show

The vortex switches colour during the show

Rain Vortex Light Show was a visual and audio feast

I made my visit in May and a few of the attractions were not open yet.  I will definitely pay Jewel another visit to check out the newly opened attractions.  Changi will also be my preferred airport if I have a lot of time to kill in between flights.


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