Airport hacks: Changi Airport, Singapore

What to see and do at the new terminal of Singapore's international airport

Photo from the Changi Airport Group

The Changi Airport’s expansive Terminal 4 in Singapore — about the size of 27 football fields — which opened in October 2017, has been built to serve both full-service and low-cost carriers, and handle 16 million passengers a year. It’s set to redefine the travel experience of passengers passing through Singapore. T4 stands apart from the airport’s three other terminals with its extensive use of technology — this includes a gradual roll-out of end-to-end self-service stations at all stages of movement through the terminal. Technology fittings aside, T4 takes care of its passengers in cozier ways — transparent partitions allow well-wishers to see their loved ones all the way to the boarding gates.

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Garden City’s 16,000 plants

Travelers can have a rousing and refreshing taste of the Garden City. More than 340 species of plants decorate the terminal — this includes a green external façade; passengers approaching the airport can see it draped with 16,000 plants.

Shop and dine

Wander into and explore the heritage zone in the departure transit area. The section is inspired by Peranakan shophouse architecture from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. It houses boutiques from established local brands, including bakkwa (smoked and grilled pork) specialists Bee Cheng Hiang and bakery Bengawan Solo.

Watch a mini-movie

Linger around the common area of the heritage zone to catch a six-minute, mini-theater show aired on a large LED screen. The show, titled Peranakan Love Story, is set in 1930s Singapore and tells of the romance between two young musicians.

Art Installations

Marvel at art installations located throughout the departure and arrival areas. Keep an eye out for Petalclouds, a kinetic sculpture by German artist collective Art+Com, Hey, Ah Chek!, a bronze sculpture by local Cultural Medallion recipient Chong Fah Cheong and more.

How to get there

Passengers can reach T4 directly by car, taxi and public bus or by MRT via T2.

Written by

Margaux C. Ortiz

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