Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the world’s best airport for the seventh straight year! When I flew through Changi last August, I spent about an hour roaming the terminals to see what the hype was all about. It did live up to the expectation with sunflower roof gardens and indoor koi ponds, but it was nothing compared to the Jewel that opened in April this year
I recently traveled to Singapore again and I have to say, I spent way longer than I’d like to admit at the Jewel. I experienced both the light show at night when I landed and the greenery during the day before I departed.
For context, the Jewel is a new multi-billion dollar glass complex at Changi Airport that houses the world’s largest indoor waterfall, retail shops, restaurants and a hotel. Think of a giant dome-shaped donut with a 40-meter waterfall that cascades down the middle. Now picture a trail that leads you through four floors of garden and forest greenery. And if you get tired of the scenery, just go shopping or grab something to eat!
The Jewel is connected to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and just a short tram ride from Terminal 4, so it’s super easy to visit.
I couldn’t decide whether to visit during the day or at night… so I did both. :D
Jewel During the Day
With the glass dome, the Jewel gets so much light but you don’t feel the heat or humidity! It reminded me of the Cloud Forest where it’s also enclosed by a glass structure.
I walked on the ground floor up to the edge of the waterfall and could feel the mist from the splash. From that level, you could see just how high and wide the dome extends in all directions.
I also walked one level below ground where I saw the water funneling through a cylindrical shaped glass. It was really cool seeing the water make squiggly patterns as it flowed down the glass.
At the base of the waterfall, I love the perspective you get by looking upwards and seeing the dome and where the waterfall enters the funnels through the glass.
Jewel at Night
I didn’t wander too much as it was difficult meandering around crowds with my carry-on, but I caught a glimpse of the waterfall changing colors. The hue made it very ominious, and the occasional tram that crosses the Jewel reminded me of Jurassic Park. It felt pretty magical!
I'd recommend visiting the Jewel next time you fly through Changi Airport!