Discover this coastal neighbourhood in the far-flung corner of the East of Singapore.
If the only reason you’ve visited Upper Changi is to catch a flight at Singapore Changi Airport, it’s time to change that! Not only is this ’hood home to SG’s gateway to the world, it boasts a beach park, floating restaurant and more.
Some fun facts:
• Once a vast marshy swampland, Upper Changi was home to several kampungs (villages). After its redevelopment, the surrounding neighbourhoods such as Loyang and Pasir Ris have retained their original kampong names to reflect its rustic past.
• During World War II, the area was defended to prevent a Japanese invasion, after the capture of a neighbouring island, Pulau Ubin. During the Japanese Occupation, Changi Prison was used to house thousands of prisoners of war (POWs).
• Today, the neighbourhood is home to many aviation companies and international airline carriers like Boeing and Singapore Airlines, due to its proximity to world’s best (for seven consecutive years!) Singapore Changi Airport and its four terminals.
Want a unique dining experience like no other? This seafood restaurant is built on a
modern kelong (floating platform) in the middle of the sea and is accessible only via chartered bumboat (from $100 for up to 12 persons for a two-way trip) from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. You can partake in the preparation of your dinner by fishing for your own meal ($35 per fish), and the chefs on board will cook them on the spot, any way you like.
If you need a short vacay at the beach, then head for this resort. Equipped with a range of rooms and an Olympic-sized swimming pool overlooking the sea, it also offers fam-friendly sports and leisure activities. Plus, the club has a private beachfront that you can book for your very own party!
2 Andover Rd, 509984
Since its soft opening in April 2019, Jewel Changi Airport has become one of Singapore’s top attractions. This 10-storey shopping complex offers travellers and shoppers a selection of luxurious dining and lifestyle options, and has the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
Don’t miss out on the range of exciting attractions and family-friendly activities at Canopy Park on the fifth floor.
78 Airport Blvd, 819666
Changi Village Hawker Centre is a mecca for all foodies. Here, you’ll find almost every local dish possible, and is especially famed for yummy nasi lemak (Malay rice cooked in
coconut milk) and fried Hokkien noodles. Still hungry? Then check out the other food spots in the area.
2 Changi Village Rd, 500002
Itching for some good deals? Visit Changi City Point, a dedicated factory outlet mall in the east of SG. With brand stores such as Adidas, Lacoste, Marks & Spencer and Nike Factory Store plus plenty of lifestyle and F&B options, you’ll be able to shop till you drop and save on your spending!
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, 486038
Inside the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), is a humble food stall that serves delicious, affordable home-styled Italian meals. Plus, it’s a force for good! Operating as a social enterprise, it regularly engages people with special needs to help integrate them into society by equipping them with culinary skills.
8 Somapah Rd, SUTD Building 2, #01-203, 487372
This tranquil 28-hectare waterfront park is one of Singapore’s oldest coastal parks, and has retained its old kampung charm and ambience. It also boasts an unobstructed view of airplanes approaching and taking off from Singapore Changi Airport, and its massive playgrounds and open spaces are perfect for your little ones to run around in.
Nicoll Drive, 498991
Tee off at Singapore’s premier golf and recreational club. A top-ranked golf destination, the exclusive club regularly holds many international championships (Fun fact: It hosted golf champion Tiger Woods’ first golf game in Singapore).
Tip: Pop in to The Nest, a luxurious fine dining golf-themed restaurant and bar that overlooks holes 9 and 18 of the Masters Course.
11 Laguna Golf Green, 488047
By Melodi Ghui, The Finder Issue 301, December 2019 / Photos: The Straits Times + respective shops and businesses.
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