Airports can be gloomy and sad, because nobody actually lives there. People are just passers-bys, working there or waiting for somebody to arrive. This is not the obstacle of Singapore, who has made its Changi International Airport a place you would like to just visit and enjoy it. The airport has been named the best airport in the world for the FIFTH time this year by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax. Travelers say they enjoy its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, as well as luxurious facilities. Changi has actually invested a lot to maintain the title of the best world’s airport since 2014. This includes the newest $1.7 billion plan of mixed-use facilities, called the Jewel. This is a 1.4 million sq.ft. complex that will feature many forest-looking gardens, a hotel, an indoor waterfall, as well as hundreds of dining places and shops.
“Not only will Jewel capture the hearts and minds of travelers and boost Singapore’s appeal as a transit hub, it will enhance the Changi Airport experience for our passengers and visitors,” Jewel Changi Airport Development CEO Jean Hung said in a statement for the media.
And the airport is indeed a bit magical. Now you can have a closer look with these photos.
The Jewel is located outside of Changi’s Terminal 1 in a space that was once used for airport parking.
The facility has been under construction since 2014. The public will be able to truly experience it in early 2019.
The Jewel consists of 10 levels. And surprisingly, half of them are below ground.
This includes 130 hotel rooms along with more than 300 dining and shopping outlets. A dreamland for any traveler!
On the top level of the Jewel is the Canopy Park.
The Canopy Park is one of the top three attractions, along with a 131-ft indoor waterfall called the Rain Vortex and a five-story-tall garden called Forest Valley.
The Rain Vortex is actually going to be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, according to the Jewel’s builders.
Canopy Park is divided into many different sections. Here is the botanical garden. Absolutely beautiful!
There is also a nature walk with animal-shaped topiary.
And that’s not all! Look at the hedge mazes. Magical!
And if that wasn’t enough, here is a pair of ‘SkyNets’ suspended 26 ft. and 82 ft above ground.
The youngest ones can enjoy The Discovery Slide, which is an art sculpture that doubles as a children’s’ slide. Children will fall in love with this one! It is also a great viewing gallery to see the Rain Vortex and Forest Valley.
The glass-bottom Canopy Bridge sits 75 ft. in the air.
Another surprise for children! Believe it or not, The Canopy Bridge and other sections of the park emit puffs of mist to give children the illusion of playing among the clouds. Just WOW!
We can’t wait for Jewel to open its doors for travelers!