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In pictures: First look inside Jewel Changi Airport

In pictures: First look inside Jewel Changi Airport

A boy looking up at the 40-metre high indoor waterfall in Jewel Changi. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

SINGAPORE: Jewel Changi Airport is no longer a diamond in the rough. 

The mega retail and lifestyle development, with the world's largest indoor waterfall, mesmerised visitors on Thursday (Apr 11) when it opened to the public for a ticketed preview, ahead of its official opening next week.


The roof of Jewel reflected in the pond below. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
A close-up of the Rain Vortex. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

A five-year project in the making, the much-anticipated Jewel captivated its scores of visitors who began pouring in at about 1pm. They were first greeted by its majestic centerpiece – the 40m-high HSBC Rain Vortex.

The 135,700 sqm complex was built on the site of the former Terminal 1 open air carpark. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
Visitors watch as sheets of water cascade down the roof at a velocity of about 37,850 litres per minute. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

Despite a light drizzle because of the cascading sheets of water from the world's tallest indoor waterfall, many whipped out their mobile phones enthusiastically to snap photos and pose for selfies.

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When mist descended from the oculus of the Rain Vortex, shrouding visitors, the crowd oohed and ahhed. 

Mist enshrouding the observers below. (Photo: Gaya Chandrmohan)
A visitor marveling at the sight of the water as it reaches the basement of the Jewel. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

As gentle melodies played in the background, the biosphere-style structure, with its lush five-storey indoor forest, one could easily forget - momentarily - that the 10-storey complex is also home to 280 shops and food and beverage outlets.

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The indoor forest spans four storeys and houses one of the largest indoor collection of plants in Singapore. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
The majestic 40-metre high rain vortex as seen from inside Jewel. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
Jewel offers a multi-faceted experience of integrated nature, shopping and dining concepts. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

On the topmost level, visitors wandered around the terraces for vantage points of the Rain Vortex, while enjoying the various play attractions.

A man snapping a photo of the opening of the Rain Vortex from a vantage point inside Jewel Changi Airport. (Photo: Gaya Chandrmohan)

The only area that was off limits was the 14,000 sq m Canopy Park that will open to the public in a few weeks.

Jewel Changi Airport will officially open on Apr 17.

Source: CNA/gc(gs)


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