July 5 2022  |  Airline & Terminal News

SIN promotes city with tours and galleries

By Rick Lundstrom

The Watermelon Playground is part of the Changi Precinct

Changi Airport has launched the “Hello, Changi Precinct” gallery at Terminal 3 which includes areas in and surrounding Changi Airport such as Pulau Ubin, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Bedok and East Coast Park.

The gallery has interactive elements and photo spots modeled after well-known sights and sounds in the Changi Precinct, visitors can pose for photos and discover fun facts across seven themed zones. Changi has also launched two new exploration tours – My Changi Airport Tour and My Changi Village Heritage Tour – in partnership with MyCommunity, a local non-profit organization that celebrates Singapore’s heritage and culture through organizing tours, programs and exhibitions.

Explore the “Hello, Changi Precinct” gallery

Step into the world of Changi Precinct at T3 Departure Hall where visitors can pose with cultural landmarks. The journey begins at the Changi Airport zone where visitors can take photos with models of various popular spots at the airport such as Jewel Changi Airport and the popular Terminal 2 flight information flip-board.

In seven zones, visitors can learn interesting nuggets and stories of Siglap in the drawers of an old-school barbershop, play a digital arcade game at an HDB void deck and ‘watermelon’ playground, and jump onboard a bumboat that brings visitors through the history of Pulau Ubin and the eastern coast of Singapore.

The HDB TV mural in Terminal 3 at Changi Airport

A newly curated tour of Changi Airport traces the development of the airport from its origins through the stories of airport staff and visitors. The tour begins in Terminal 1 and guides participants to discover the airport's recreational spaces, artwork installations, designs, and heritage businesses. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the airport while exchanging stories with airport staff they meet along the tour, giving them a peek into behind-the-scenes operations that keep Changi Airport running, as well as intriguing anecdotes of people who have worked and visited Changi Airport from the past to the present. Tour prices start from S$20 per person.

Visitors can also sign up for six other tours running until October. Each explore a key area of the Changi Precinct such as Bedok, Pulau Ubin and Pasir Ris. For a more hands-on experience, there will be specialty and craft workshops during the September school holidays, where participants meet and learn traditional skills from craftsmen within the precinct.

“Many of the travelers who fly to Changi Airport are interested to venture beyond the airport to explore the Changi Precinct, which is rich with local history and culture,” said Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director of Air Hub Development. “Hence, Changi Airport Group has been working with various partners around Changi Airport over the last two years to promote appreciation of the many hidden gems of the eastern part of Singapore. We invite local residents and travellers to kickstart their journey of exploring the charms of Singapore’s East through the “Hello, Changi Precinct” gallery. We hope this allows them to understand the Changi Precinct deeper and encourage exploration of lesser-known spots in Singapore.”

The “Hello, Changi Precinct” gallery will run till October 23, 2022 at T3 Departure Hall. Admission is free. In addition, for July and August, the first 150 visitors each month to take a picture or video with the “Hello, Changi Precinct” gallery and post it on their social channels with the hashtag #ChangiPrecinct will receive an exclusive Changi Eats promo code.

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