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JewelA Game Changing Billion Dollar Airport Project
Written by Yoon Seo Kim | Published. 2019.11.20 17:34 | Count : 945

I finally decided to visit Singapore’s greatest attraction of all times: Jewel. After a long four year development, Jewel opened on April 17, 2019. Jewel is attracting visitors from across the world, as well as Singapore’s local residents.  Jewel is a ten story complex with around 300 shops and restaurants, as well as the world’s tallest indoor waterfall that measures up to 40 meters. Connected to the Changi airport, Jewel is also the perfect location for travellers waiting for their flight. Singapore has created many nature-themed sites such as indoor gardens and man-made beaches over the years, but Jewel is the best one yet. 

[Entrance to Jewel. Photo taken by me]

As soon as I walked through the entrance, I was immediately absorbed by the crowds of people and the loud crashing waterfall. I noticed that every single detail and decorations of Jewel was modernistic from crystal chandeliers to large glass stores. I began to take a tour around the whole complex. 

[A two story complex Apple Store. Photo taken by me]

In the centre of Jewel stood the waterfall, named the Rain Vortex. Hundreds of thousands of plants and trees sourced from countries all over the world such as Australia, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand, and the United States, surrounded the waterfall. Not only that, Jewel had a built-in monorail that travelled around the dome, offering visitors a truly great experience. Every innovative aspect of Jewel was wondrous. The idea of  Jewel seemed so unreal, yet I was standing in it. 

[The center of Jewel. Photo taken by me]

I made my way to the top of Jewel and noticed the drastic difference in the setting of each floor. Here it gave a sense of the outdoors, like Singapore’s Clarke Quay, dotted with small restaurants and bars with small lights evoking the mood of a tropical evening. There were two story glass cafes, open booths, and family diners all in one floor. What amazed me was the children’s section located next to these bars. It was huge and it had mirror mazes, ziplines, and rope courses. I finally began to realize the structure of Jewel. The bottom floor was for designer brands, the middle floor for clothing and athletic stores, and the top floors were study zones, cafes, and bars. I was stunned by this innovative idea and realized why Jewel had much more to offer than its outer appearance. 

[Top floor of Jewel inspired by Clarke Quay. Photo taken by me] 

Was it really necessary for Singapore to go the extra mile to create Jewel? It was a great challenge but has certainly turned out to be worth it; Jewel has become a global symbol of symbiosis between nature and technology and greatly impacted the local economy, as it showcased to the world. A creation like Jewel has never been seen before and it may have begun a game-changing revolution of airport designs worldwide.



Yoon Seo Kim
Singapore American School

Yoon Seo Kim  student_reporter@dherald.com

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