Changi’s newest terminal presents an enchanting experience for all visitors, where culture, design and technology all come together. With giant kinetic structures, heritage-themed facades and immersive LED displays, here are ten things to do when you visit Changi’s Terminal 4.
Whether you’re looking for the best Instagram angle or the perfect location to plane-spot, we’ve got you covered.
The exterior of the sparkling new Terminal 4
For the Instagram Fan
If you find yourself constantly stressing over capturing the perfect shot for an Instagram #potd (Photo of the Day), T4 has much to offer, and provides some great stories to tell in your next post. The following recommendations are must-haves on your feed!
1. Snap those gorgeous petal motifs all around the terminal
A top-down view of the Departure Check-in Hall
Don’t forget to look up once you enter the Departure Check-in Hall, and spot the petal-shaped ceiling skylights greeting all visitors. Tilt your camera up to capture the natural light coupled with lines and petals, giving your picture symmetry and depth.
As Terminal 4 adopts a minimalistic design approach, expect your photos to be clean, bright and vibrant. With its design inspiration originating from orchid petals, you’ll be able to spot them almost everywhere.
Tip: Petal motifs can be found even on the carpets and on fire extinguisher holders, keep a lookout for them!
2. Boomerang the dancing Petalclouds
Petalclouds at Terminal 4
Located at the Central Galleria is a kinetic installation – Petalclouds, imitating the movement of clouds floating in the sky. Its symmetrical shape and collective choreography result in an interactive art piece that can be seen from both the public and transit areas of the terminal. With its non-stop motion, you can use the boomerang function in Instagram to spice up your posts.
Tip: Get the best close-up view of Petalclouds from the transit areas of the terminal, in the extended viewing area right after the Travelling Family art installation.
3. The perfect #followmeto shot in front of Peranakan Shop Houses
Embracing Singapore’s rich Peranakan heritage, the Heritage Zone pays tribute to the evolution of this culture from the 1880s to the 1950s
If you’re a fan of the #followmeto photo series, you can create some of these shots yourself in Terminal 4. The Heritage Zone’s colourful shophouses for example, are perfect for such shots, and with these Peranakan-inspired facades, you will be able to showcase a #throwback scene from the many eras on your Instagram feed.
After taking that perfect picture, try to spot the LED screen (which is very well hidden) for an immersive theatrical experience. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Peranakan Love Story – a short cultural mini-theatre show with story and music by Dick Lee, depicting a blossoming romance set in 1930s Singapore.
Tip: Look out for the heritage-themed toilets in this area for even more lovely photos.
4. The perfect #ootd shot at the Boulevard of Trees
T4’s boarding corridor is the perfect background for a final snap before you hop on your plane for your next flight out
Along the main boarding corridor, find the Boulevard of Trees stretching as far as the eyes can see. The 800 metre boarding corridor has a boulevard of 160 fig trees, adding greenery, perspective and composition to your #ootd (Outfit of the Day) photos. To top it off, you will also be able to capture your boarding gate (and a parked aircraft if you’re lucky) in the photo.
5. Pose with life-size art sculptures
Travelling Family artwork, found right after the integrated duty-free zone in the transit areas of the terminal
Bird sculptures made of stainless steel wires greet passengers in the Arrival and Departure Halls
Add a fun persona to your photos by striking a quirky pose with artworks housed around Terminal 4. You can pretend to be part of the Travelling Family art installation, or get creative with Les Oiseaux (The Birds). Set amidst beautiful backdrops, they are the perfect sculptures to work your inner model with.
Tip: The three bird sculptures are illuminated from 6pm in the evening, just before the sun sets. Aim to snap a photo of this installation during the “golden hour”, which in photography, means the first or last hour of sunlight in a day.
For the Frequent Traveller
Whether it’s for business or leisure, you might have travelled through Changi Airport more times than you can count. Terminal 4 however, is an entirely different experience, with its fully automated end-to-end departure process.
6. Check-in FAST
There are 65 automated check-in kiosks, and 50 automated bag drop machines, equipped with the Facial Recognition System in the terminal
At Terminal 4, cut down your check-in time and skip the queue by using the Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) system that offers self-service options at each stage of departure – check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding. If you’re visiting the terminal during the Open House, you can try your hand at our bag tagging challenge, and stand to win prizes!
7. Watch the journey your luggage takes
For a stress-free experience when going through T4’s centralised security screening area before boarding, check out T4’s Immersive Wall for some entertainment amidst the hustle and bustle. This 70-metre long wall has 17 different immersive stories to tell.
8. Rest on the fun novelty seats
Seats in unique designs can be found all around the new terminal, including these spiral-shaped ones located in the transit areas of the terminal
Make yourself comfortable on the colourful novelty seats scattered around the terminal, which comes in all shapes, colours and sizes. These seats are quite different from those in Changi’s other terminals. Be it snoozing, reading or gazing at the airplanes while on the novelty seats, it’ll definitely be a comfortable wait!
For the Aviation Geek
9. Spot your favourite aircraft taking off from the boarding gates
Runway 2 runs parallel to the new terminal’s building, and can be seen clearly along the main boarding corridor
If you’ve always wanted a clear view of the runway, here’s your chance – the transit area is a perfect place to spot planes taking off at Changi. Did you know, a plane either takes off or lands at Changi once every 90 seconds?
For the Shopping Addicts
10. Shop to your heart's content
Check-in early so you have sufficient time to explore the range of exciting retail offerings in T4
A diverse selection of popular retail brands awaits at unique duplex retail outlets with 11-metre in-store ceiling and gorgeous storefront designs. Passengers can also enjoy a greater range of shopping options with a myriad of retailers who are opening their first outlet in Changi Airport. These includes home-grown footwear label PAZZION, world-renowned paper maker Moleskine, and British retailer WHSmith’s first bookstore in Singapore.
With all these exciting offerings, there's no reason not to check-in early the next time you're flying out of T4!