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Jewel attractions turn Changi Airport into an entertainment destination

Jewel Changi Airport

Singapore’s Changi Airport is opening Jewel. The brand new expansion will turn terminals into an entertainment destination, featuring over 280 shops and restaurants, as well as the world’s biggest indoor waterfall, a forest, slides and mazes.

The project cost S$1.7 billion (£951 million) and is set over ten storeys and a total area of 137,000 sqm.

Attractions at Jewel Changi Airport include:

  • Forest Valley – Step out of the airport into a green sanctuary of thousands of trees and plants.
  • Rain Vortex – A light and sound show that looks like a giant rainbow waterfall, this is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40 metres high.
  • Canopy Park – Jewel’s top floor is a 14,000 sqm recreational wonderland where guests can play or dine under the sparkling glass canopy.
  • Canopy Bridge – Suspended 23 metres above ground in the Canopy Park.
  • Bouncing Net – This giant trampoline is 250 metres long, and at its highest point is 8 metres above the Canopy Park.
  • Walking Net – Suspended across a void, the Walking Net is 25 metres above ground.
  • Discovery Slides – An art sculpture doubles up as a four-slides-in-one.
  • Foggy Bowls – Grassy areas emit mists so that children feel like they’re playing in the clouds.

Other attractions include the Hedge Maze and Mirror Maze, as well as the Topiary Walk, filled with animal-themed surprises, and the Petal Garden, made up of exotic flowers in seasonal displays.

Jewel is connected to the airport’s Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and has its own 130-room hotel, YOTEL AIR.

Ivan Tan, group senior vice president, Corporate & Marketing Communications Changi Airport Group said (via Daily Mail): “Jewel is set to be a unique destination, like no other.

“It offers a mix of lush greenery, a scenic waterfall, incredible retail offerings and family play attractions that together make for an unrivalled experience.

“We are excited to bring a new dimension to the travel and leisure experience of our visitors.”

Jewel is opening its first phase (shops and restaurants) from April 17. The Canopy Park is planned for a second phase opening in mid-2019.

Elsewhere, Chubu Centrair International Airport in Japan recently opened an “airport theme park”.

Flight of Dreams includes high-tech immersive activities and F&B centred around the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Images and video: Jewel Changi Airport

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Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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