On my most recent trip to the South Pacific, I intentionally planned to have at least half a day layover in Singapore, primarily to check out Qantas First Class Lounge and Jewel Changi Airport. According to Wikipedia, Jewel Changi Airport is a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex located at Changi Airport Singapore. What’s cool about it is that the structure was built in between terminals, landside, which means non-travelers can also visit the Jewel even when they’re not flying.
In this series:
- Introduction: New Year 2020 In The South Pacific
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Los Angeles to Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Istanbul to Manila
- Malaysia Airlines Business Class 737-800 Manila to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Satellite Terminal – Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL)
- Jewel Changi Airport
- Qantas International First Lounge – Singapore Changi (SIN)
- Qantas First Class A380 Singapore to Melbourne
- Qantas International First Lounge – Melbourne (MEL)
- Qantas Business Class 737-800 Melbourne to Christchurch
- Doubletree Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, New Zealand
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Tour Around the City
- Getting Lost in the Countryside: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
- Air New Zealand (Premium) Economy 787-9 Christchurch to Auckland
- My First Impression of Auckland, New Zealand
- Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart, New Zealand
- The North Island Must Do: Hobbiton and Rotorua
- Fiji Airways Business Class A350-900XWB Auckland to Nadi
- Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa – Nadi, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Business Class A330-200 Nadi to Singapore
- Malaysia Airlines Business Class 737-800 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
- Malindo Air Business Class 737-900 Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu
- Shopping Spree in Thamel – Kathmandu, Nepal
- Cathay Dragon Business Class A330-300 Kathmandu to Hong Kong
- 16-Hour Delay on my American Airlines, with a Happy Ending
- Cathay Pacific First Class 777-300ER Hong Kong to Los Angeles
- Fin: Final Flights and My Closure with American Airlines – It was Good While It Lasted
As a transiting passenger, I had to clear immigration and custom. Once I exited the sterile area, I followed the sign and walked for about 15 minutes.
I didn’t intend to write a review or a trip report about this place. My primary goal is to share with you some of the photos I took and my thoughts on it.
The entrance looks pretty much like a shopping mall. You’ll pass a lot of stores, restaurants, and a variety of retail spaces.
Once you get to the atrium, you’ll find what’s so-called the Jewell. I have to say that it was stunning; It was definitely one of my bucket lists.
While there are air conditions inside the building structure, the atrium is semi-outdoor, meaning you can feel the humidity. There were so many people there, and not to mention many of them walked around with their carry-on bags — Admittedly, I was one of them!
There are many restaurants at the top level where you can sample a variety of international cuisines. But when you’re in Singapore, I highly recommend you try the Hainanese Chicken Rice, which is the Singaporean staple food.
I was so happy that I finally got to visit Jewel Changi Airport. While it’s not a historical site, it’s definitely one of the newest addition to Singapore’s list of things to see. Before my visit, when I saw pictures on the internet, I thought it looked surreal. But when I saw it in person, it looked just like on the photos — it was breathtaking. If you have the opportunity to visit Singapore, I highly recommend you to spend some time at the Jewell and try Singaporean food.
Singapore has always been one of my favorite countries in South East Asia. Growing up in Indonesia, Singapore was a weekend getaway thing that our family frequently did. I can’t wait to go back to Asia and visit places Kevy recommended. If you want to check out some of the videos I took, you can check out my Instagram story.