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
SUNBATHE WITH A VIEW
SUNNY DAY OUT
CHANGI PRISON MUSEUM AND CHAPEL
CHANGI VILLAGE HAWKER CENTRE
MEI XIANG GORENG PISANG
CHOCK FULL OF BEANS
CHANGI VILLAGE’S TRADEMARK LOW-RISE FLATS
SREE RAMAR TEMPLE
YEAR-ROUND BARGAIN PARADISE
FASHION: THE HEARTLAND STYLE
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."