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12 Awesome Things To Do At Changi Airport That Even Singaporeans Love

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Faruq Senin •  Oct 03, 2020

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[UPDATED 17th March 2022] Changi Airport is known as the best airport in the world, and for very good reasons! Even when many of us are unable to travel abroad, one of the things we love to do is to spend a day at Changi Airport because there's just so much to eat, see and do. Being at the airport is one way to fuel our wanderlust during this period. We've rounded up these 12 awesome things to do at Changi Airport this 2022 that even Singaporeans love!
1. Admire the world's tallest indoor waterfall
Ever since Jewel Changi Airport opened last year, the HSBC Rain Vortex has been the centre of attention at the airport. This 40-metre tall indoor waterfall is a sight to behold as it falls from the dome of Jewel and showers down all through the centre of Jewel to the basement floors up to B2. No matter how many times you've seen it, it never fails to take your breath away every time 😍 At night, the Rain Vortex gets transformed with the light and sound show, where the waterfall is shone with lights set in time to the music. Note: In-line with the Singapore Government's enforcement measures to limit social gatherings, the Light & Sound show at the HSBC Rain Vortex is currently suspended until further notice. The Shiseido Forest Valley around the waterfall is equally stunning with lush greenery and flowers! P.S. Capture the best of Jewel Changi Airport with these 6 mobile photography tips!Opening hours: Daily; 10AM-10PM
2. Have an international feast
Credit: Sama Sama by Tok Tok  Being an international hub, it's no wonder that you can find a range of international cuisines in Changi Airport. And don't worry, there are halal options for various cuisines from Japanese to Thai, Indonesian, Korean and more! Here are some of them:
  • Japanese - Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen
  • Korean - Jinjja Chicken, 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken
  • Chinese - Encik Tan, Fitra Chicken Rice
  • Thai - Saap Saap Thai, Sanook Kitchen
  • Indonesian - Sama Sama by Tok Tok
  • Western - Elfuego by Collin's, Andes by Astons, Earle Swensen's
  • Turkish/Mexican - Stuff'd
  • Vietnamese - So Pho
  • Local food - Colonial Club, Curry Times, Heavenly Wang
Check out our Changi Airport halal food guide (T1-T4) and Jewel Changi Airport halal guide to explore the range of gastronomic options!
3. Watch planes go by at the Viewing Mall
If you're at the airport, of course, you'd have to do some plane-spotting. With fewer flights during this period, you'd be lucky if you manage to spot a plane taking off or landing! (or you could just check the Changi Airport website for flight departures and arrivals 🤩) The Viewing Mall at Terminal 1 has the best view of planes and the runway. Not to mention that there are plenty of open spaces so those of you visiting with kids can let them run around. Even if you're not an aviation geek, watching planes go by is definitely a therapeutic activity!
4. Slide down the world's tallest slide in an airport
Who needs a slide at an airport? Well, we do! At a height of 12 metres (4 storeys high), The Slide @ T3 is the world's tallest slide in an airport that's sure to delight both adults and kids 🤩 Start from Level 1 and whizz down all the way to B3. You'll need to present your Changi Rewards e-Card at the T3 Information Counter to redeem 10 slide rides. Opening hours: Daily; 12PM-10.30PM
5. Marvel at the Kinetic Rain
If you've been to T1, chances are you might have noticed other visitors crowding around this particular art installation. With 1216 bronze droplets that move up and down in a fluid motion, the Kinetic Rain is a crowd-pleaser! Did you know that it can also form 16 different shapes like an aeroplane, hot-air balloon or even a dragon? The next time you admire the Kinetic Rain, instead of just passing by it, take your time to observe how it moves!
6. Unleash your inner kid at Canopy Park
The Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport needs no introduction! Here, you can take a stroll on the walking nets, explore the hedge and mirror mazes, go down thrilling slides and more. A ticket is required to enter the Canopy Park, which includes access to the Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden and Topiary Walk. Separate admission charges are required for select attractions within the park (namely Canopy Bridge, the Hedge and Mirror mazes, and the Manulife Sky Nets). It's definitely a great way to break some sweat indoors while admiring the beauty of Jewel. Check out the admission fees and opening hours here!
Credit: Changi Airport Group P.S. Shopping at Jewel? If you spend a minimum of $50 nett in a single receipt, you can redeem a special Pokémon squishy mini plushie, the first to be released in Singapore, at $12 each. Take your pick from the six characters - Pikachu, Grookey, Scorbunny, Snorlax, Eevee, and Sobble or collect them all! You can only redeem from now till 17th April, so check out this link for more details!
7. Find out how the airport functions at Changi Experience Studio
The next time you're at Jewel, explore beyond the HSBC Rain Vortex, amazing food options and the Canopy Park. Why not head over to the Changi Experience Studio for some fun instead? You'll get to enjoy projection experiences, interactive games and immersive shows simulating airport functions. Perfect if you've always been curious about how Changi Airport works! Currently, there's a Children's Day Promotion for the month of October where you can enjoy 50% off tickets for up to 2 children with every paying adult. Check out the admission fees and opening hours here!
8. Let your kids go wild at the Sanrio Playground
Credit: Changi Airport on Facebook If there's one thing that kids love, it's playgrounds! The best part about Changi Airport is that they have several indoor playgrounds which are great as your little ones can play comfortably in the air-con. The Sanrio Playground at T3 basement is a must-visit. It's the first Sanrio-themed playground at any airport in Asia and a delight for your kids.
9. Shop till you drop
With brand names like Nike, Kate Spade, COACH, UNIQLO, Apple and more, Changi Airport is a shopping paradise, just like Singapore! Not to mention that you can enjoy great deals, GST-absorbed shopping, participate in lucky draws, get exclusive rewards and more. Check out the Changi Airport shopping page for more information.
10. Catch a movie
Credit: Shaw Theatres Yes, there's everything at Changi Airport, including a movie theatre. No, we're not talking about the one in transit! Check out the Shaw Theatre at Jewel Changi Airport. This theatre is a little special as it has a dedicated children-and-family hall! ? This hall has lower brightness and volume, as well as soft lighting inside the halls, with colourful seats and an open space in front with bean bags for kids. The hall is used to screen kids and family-friendly movies. And for those that like that a more immersive experience, there's an IMAX theatre available here too. Opening hours: Daily; 9AM-3AM
11. Have a staycation at the airport
Credit: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport  If you've done all of the above and still can't get enough of Changi Airport, why not stay a night there? Check-in at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport to enjoy their resort-style pool or book a room with views of the airport runway and Jewel. If you want to experience living in transit, then book your stay at YOTELAIR and experience their cabin rooms!
12. Check out Singapore's largest Chupa Chups lollipop
Credit: @jeanrin.yanling for Instagram Singapore’s largest Chupa Chups lollipop has landed at Terminal 3! From now till 3rd May 2022, strike a pose alongside the gigantic lollipop and other colourful installations such as a mini playground and carousel of the brand’s striking design 😍 Take your pick from the many Chupa Chups lollipop flavours at the T3 pop-up retail store and score exclusive Chupa Chups premiums, including limited edition Chupa Chups-themed cooler bags and collapsible lunch boxes! Your kids can join in the fun and try their hands at the seven fun S.M.A.R.T workshops, ranging from arts and crafts to robotics and coding. For more information on these workshops, click on this link! P.S. When you spend at Changi Airport, you get to redeem these workshops at more than 40% discount! 😱 There you have it, 12 exciting things to do at Changi Airport! You'd be surprised to know that even beyond the transit areas of the airport, there are plenty of things you can do with friends or family in the public areas too. Whether you're looking for unique experiences or savouring yummy food, you can find them all at Changi Airport!