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My Escapes Singapore Return to "Lion City" Changi Airport

Changi Airport

May 30, 2014

I was leaving Singapore...
Leaving on a jetplane... 777 straight to Istanbul!
But the airport has fascinated me, can't omit mentioning. In fact, the Changi Airport by itself is a travel attraction.

Changi Airport is Singapore's large international aerial hub. In fact, it contributes largely to the country's GDP...

But it's not just any kind of airport, it has something special about it... you'll see in my photos.

Green area inside Changi Airport

Mini park with palms... there was even a small bridge spanning across a pond with koi fish

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Green vegetation, small park-like areas, even ponds with koi fish swimming in them are found under the roof of this mega structure.

Changi Airport is pretty green... At it feels so fresh in there.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is somehow similar, but it has much more vast green decks.

Weird green areas

Cavemen used to live like this? Or the bushmen? Changi Airport men?

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This wasn't an "ordinary airport" that I was passing through. Lots of interesting stuff all around...

Interestingly, only my 4th Changi Airport experience offered me these views. Nor when I had first arrived, nor when I departed for Kuala Lumpur, nor when I returned from there - I didn't see anything from all this.

Obviously, I wasn't at the same terminal...

Shining light

Shining light, well-ventilated interiors... Barely a few people at these late ours (circa 23:00 o'clock)

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The airport is huge and there are 3 terminals.

Besides the green areas, there were lots of places to eat at and - funny mechanical box-enclosed games to play with (as you will see lower on my photos).

Mechanical ball game

Mechanical ball game for those who feel bored...

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I spent a lot of time at the duty free shops (terribly expensive airport shops, as usual!), just because I wanted to lay my hands on a nice white Merlion statue - yearning for a replica of the original.

However, only a few very poor quality statues were available (with chipped paint).

Optical illusion

See the two different faces? Tilt your head to the left and to the right...

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One particular restaurant had a vast number of food-like statues exposed. I wasn't sure if it was real food preserved with some sort of a special transparent cover. Or, whether they used plastic mock-ups to present their menus...

Not a bad idea, especially at an airport...

Food at a Changi Airport Restaurant

3D menus in the restaurant window

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The drinks, the pasta, the shrimps... they all looked like "wow". Tempting, even... but I had no time for munching and brunching.

Everything exposed had a shiny outer layer, but they felt amazingly real. Reason for me to believe that at least a large part of what I saw there was actually real food, but somehow preserved to hinder decay.

Preserved food

From closer...

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Interestingly enough, there are 6 active (separate) airports on the island, but only Changi and Seletar are public.

Changi Airport has registered 53.7 million passengers in 2013, this makes it the 5th busies airport in the World and the second busiest in Asia.

Ah well, farewell Singapore, I was bound for Istanbul!


The SkyTrain brought me to Terminal 1

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Escape Hunter

About the Author:

Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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