As soon as we landed at Singapore’s Changi Airport, I told my son that I would like to take him to the Jewel before we would head to the hotel. “What’s that? Is it a mall?” he asked. “It’s both – a mall and an airport. I’ve heard that it has everything – lots of good restaurants, a hotel, branded shops, beautiful park, entertainment places, a waterfall, and many more,” I answered. “I’ve learned that the Jewel houses around 3,000 trees and 60,000 shrubs of 120 species and it was just officially opened on October 18, 2019.” I explained.
So, after we got our checked-in luggage, my son and I trekked toward the Jewel to see this impressive architectural marvel. As we sauntered toward the Jewel from Terminal 2, we spied a view of the control tower which gave us a little reminder that we were at the airport, and which meant that the dome of the Jewel couldn’t be higher than the tower.
Once there, we were so impressed about the place – the greenery, the architecture, etc. and so we spent at least an hour there just wandering around looking for the best view points. Even though there were many people, we managed to find a quieter space for us.
The center piece of the Jewel is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall (40 meters high), which is artificially made, surrounded by rich flora and fauna. It falls from the ceiling of the dome to the bottom of the building, and the waterfall’s flow alternates between cascades and trickles to reduce air turbulence and to prevent excess humidity in the place. Just seeing the waterfall already amazed us; it’s truly awe-inspiring.
As we ambled around, we found the Shiseido Forest Valley Trail on the east side. We thought that it was a great way to stretch our legs by having a walk up this little “hill”. At some view point it looks like a dense jungle. There is so much greenery in there. And at the top there is a canopy bridge giving another overview of this indoor forest. We did not get the opportunity to enjoy the various activities on the 5th floor, such as sky nets, mirror maze, hedge maze, etc., but it’s something we are hoping to do on our next visit to Singapore.
After taking photos of the beautiful waterfall and sauntered around, we had lunch at the Pizza Express. Then we browsed around the shops and grabbed a car to the hotel. Even though it is a very busy spot, my son didn’t want to leave.
Jewel is definitely a magnificent and artistic engineering done by Singapore. It is worth your while to spend a couple of hours there during a layover, stopover, arrival or departure of Singapore’s Changi Airport. What a jewel! The world’s greatest airport just got even better!
Little Lilly travel tips:
- The entrance fees at the Canopy Park on the 5th floor start from $4.50 to $19.80. It depends on the paid attractions that you wanted to see and do.
- How did we get there?
- We went to the 3rd floor of Terminal 2 and walked all the way to the Jewel via wakalator.
- If you are coming from Terminal 3, you go to the 3rd floor and approached via wakalator.
- Go to the ground floor of Terminal 2 or 3, and take a taxi or grab to the Jewel.
- If you want to check out gardens like this, visit the Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay.