Friday, 28 November 2014

Changi Village: Uniquely Singapore



A trip to Changi Village takes commitment especially for those of us who don’t belong to the ‘east-siders’. Located at the most eastern end of our little island, the sleepy town is an HDB village with stunning seaside vibes and a rich history, and it’s packed with so much laidback charm it’s definitely worth braving the long journey to get there.


Surrounded by old colonial houses, government chalets amid the lush greenery, and a multitude of gastronomical delights from tasty hawker fare, trendy cafés and laid-back pubs to western and middle-eastern eateries, Changi Village is one place everyone absolutely needs to visit because there’s a whole bunch of sights to take in.To get there: Take the MRT to Tanah Merah then board bus no. 2 to Changi Village bus interchange.

From gastronomical delights and idyllic charm to lush coastal greenery, there’s just something unique about life in Changi Village.
 CHANGI POINT FERRY TERMINAL

CHANGI BEACH

SUNBATHE WITH A VIEW

LUSH GREENERY

SUNNY DAY OUT

CHANGI PRISON MUSEUM AND CHAPEL

CHANGI VILLAGE HAWKER CENTRE

MEI XIANG GORENG PISANG

CHOCK FULL OF BEANS

HIPSTER UNCLES

CHANGI VILLAGE’S TRADEMARK LOW-RISE FLATS

HIPSTER NEIGHBOURHOOD

SREE RAMAR TEMPLE

YEAR-ROUND BARGAIN PARADISE

FASHION: THE HEARTLAND STYLE
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How Changi has transformed over the years
From a military base to a bustling weekend draw, the area has seen many transformations over the years, and those who know Changi well are keen to preserve its unique laidback charm

SINGAPORE: Idyllic, rustic and homely - Changi Village is one of the few places in Singapore that truly deserves such a description. On weekends, the area teems with crowds, from cycling enthusiasts to people having supper.

However, before it became a popular location for leisure pursuits, Changi was known as a military base set up by the British for its Far Eastern defences in the 1930s. It only flourished when the British Royal Air Force (RAF) was firmly established at the base after World War Two.

Ex-RAF serviceman Mr Mike James used to be stationed at Changi, and remembers the days when Changi Village was part of the RAF camp. "The Village was our shopping centre, you might say. I used to go to the Village at least once a day and try to do some shopping. If we wanted any clothing, we went there."

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