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.
By Melodi Ghui, The Finder Issue 301, December 2019 / Photos: The Straits Times + respective shops and businesses.
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