Changi Airport is perhaps the most famous in the world. Its butterfly garden, movie theater and swimming pool make it the layover of dreams. And on April 17, the airport will glitter even more with the opening of a new area simply called “Jewel.”
Jewel Changi Airport will be a 10-story attraction complete with hotel, more than 280 shops and the world’s largest indoor waterfall.
From preview materials, Jewel looks like it will be an oasis in the middle of a transportation hub. It will feature an indoor forest, complete with elevated bridges and walkways, an inventive playground (for kids and adults) and a garden with one of the largest indoor collections of plants in Singapore.
If the idea of getting lost in an airport doesn’t terrify you, you can wander through the Jewel’s hedge and mirror mazes or stand near the 130-foot-tall indoor waterfall (with light show) called Rain Vortex. The entire complex is built to mimic nature and create a sense of calm during busy travel days.
Nobody will really travel through the Jewel. Instead of being a terminal, it’s more of a “connection” area for travelers, accessible from terminals 1, 2 and 3.
The 130-room YOTELAIR hotel will allow travelers to check in early for their flights and store their bags in order to fully enjoy the complex. Passengers will be able to stop in one of the 280 shops and restaurants that populate the Jewel. The complex will house shops like Marks & Spencer, Muji, Zara, Uniqlo and the largest Nike store in Southeast Asia, according to Business Insider.
"I must confess that before I visited the Jewel in early February this year, I had my doubts about the need for yet another shopping area at Changi Airport, given the shopping opportunities already available at the existing terminals,” Sitoh Yih Pin, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, told The Straits Times. "Instead, what I found was a beautifully designed garden concept recreational centre which complements the existing airport and exemplifies our position as a garden city.”
Although Jewel won’t open to travelers until April 17, those who are interested in visiting can get in early. The area will be open to the public from April 11 through 16 for public visits. The airport is making 500,000 free tickets available for visitors at this time. In order to get access to the preview, just register online.