Changi Village: Uniquely Singapore

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

Changi Village: Uniquely Singapore
Changi Village: Uniquely Singapore
11 Mar 2015

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.

Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Changi Point Ferry Terminal
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Changi Point Ferry Terminal

Bumboats from Changi Point Ferry Terminal that provide ferry service to Pulau Ubin and Malaysia.

Keep calm and go fishing
Keep calm and go fishing
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Keep calm and go fishing

Enjoy a session of fishing in the tranquility of Changi Beach.

Sunbathe with a view
Sunbathe with a view
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Sunbathe with a view

Changi Beach
Changi Beach
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Changi Beach

A perfect fishing spot for those who prefer a less crowded place.

Sand-play fun!
Sand-play fun!
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Sand-play fun!

Unlike today's playgrounds with rubber foamed flooring, sand-based ones found along Changi Beach are a treat.

Sunny day out
Sunny day out
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Sunny day out

Relax in the sun, have a picnic and watch low-flying airplanes around the area or walk along the stretch of Changi Beach and catch the sunset with a 2.2km stroll along Changi Point Coastal Boardwalk.

Cycle the blues away
Cycle the blues away
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Cycle the blues away

Lush greenery
Lush greenery
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Lush greenery

Rent a bicycle and soak up the lush coastal greenery which gives you a whole different Changi Village experience.

Changi Prison Museum and Chapel
Changi Prison Museum and Chapel
11 Mar 2015

Changi Prison Museum and Chapel

Singapore’s memorial to the World War II POW camp. The chapel is a replica of the original built by prisoners of war during World War II. (1000 Upper Changi Rd North Singapore 507707)

Changi Prison Museum and Chapel
Changi Prison Museum and Chapel
11 Mar 2015

Changi Prison Museum and Chapel

A tourist checking out the Tsuru (Paper Cranes) which is a symbol of world peace according to Japanese legend. These paper cranes were done and presented by visiting Japanese school children as an act of remembrance and as a wish for peace.

Changi Prison Museum and Chapel
Changi Prison Museum and Chapel
11 Mar 2015

Changi Prison Museum and Chapel

Notes written by visitors in remembrance of all who suffered as a result of World War II.

Changi Musuem
Changi Musuem
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Changi Musuem

The museum houses photos, sketches and personal items dating back to the Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1945.

Changi Village Hawker Centre
Changi Village Hawker Centre
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Changi Village Hawker Centre

Located next to Changi Point Ferry Terminal, Changi Village Hawker Centre (Blk 2) is hailed by some locals as a Nasi Lemak haven. In truth, this humble hawker centre that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of is a hideout for foodies. From the tasty fried carrot cake and Bak Chor Mee to the famous western stall, Charlie’s Corner, that serves up an impressive list of craft beers alongside their menu of steaks and fish & chips. Most of the stalls open till the early hours of the morning.

Mei Xiang Goreng Pisang, #01-51
Mei Xiang Goreng Pisang, #01-51
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Mei Xiang Goreng Pisang, #01-51

Pack along some of these deep fried greasy goodness to munch as you explore the shops and eateries around Changi Village. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, you won't be stopping at one! Other deep fried snacks include tapioca, sweet potato, jackfruit, green bean and durian ball. 

Changi V. Dessert House
Changi V. Dessert House
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Changi V. Dessert House

It was love at first taste with this bowl of amazingly yummy Longan Red Tea Pudding (Changi Village Hawker Centre, #01-08).

Nasi Lemak haven
Nasi Lemak haven
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Nasi Lemak haven

Changi Village Hawker Centre (Blk 2) is hailed, by some locals, as a Nasi Lemak haven (check out Mizzy’s Corner, #01-26).

Cendol Melaka
Cendol Melaka
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Cendol Melaka

Freshly made everyday, this authentic kampong style cendol (only $1.50) is made with gula melaka, coconut milk and cendol strips – as good as it gets. (Makan Melaka, Blk 1, #01-2046, next to Singh Tailor and opposite Hawker Centre).

Chock Full of Beans
Chock Full of Beans
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Chock Full of Beans

Overwhelmed by the wide array of local fare? Hop over to Chock Full of Beans at Blk 4, #01-2090 and enjoy some quiet time over a cuppa and reasonably priced western cuisine.

Hipster uncles
Hipster uncles
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Hipster uncles

Trendy cafés, laid-back pubs and an eclectic mix of eateries add to the charm of this HDB village.

Changi Village’s trademark low-rise flats
Changi Village’s trademark low-rise flats
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Changi Village’s trademark low-rise flats

Changi Village’s trademark low-rise flats, made up of mostly 3-room flats and a few units of ‘jumbo’ (two joining units), were built as part of the Changi Village Development Project after the British army (who were using Changi Village as their base) left Singapore in 1971.

Old-school brickwall
Old-school brickwall
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Old-school brickwall

Beautiful old-school brick wall design seen in the low-rise HDB flats.

Sunday vibes
Sunday vibes
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Sunday vibes

A resident seen snoozing on a breezy Sunday afternoon at the spacious corridor outside his unit.

Workers' corner
Workers' corner
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Workers' corner

Peering through broken lourve windows. One of the units in the low-rise flats occupied by foreign workers. 

Hipster neighbourhood
Hipster neighbourhood
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Hipster neighbourhood

Another side of Changi Village that's not known to many - one bedroom single terrace rental houses with DIY backyards. Very hipster-living. 

Sree Ramar Temple
Sree Ramar Temple
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Sree Ramar Temple

A landmark in Changi Village. The temple has become a spiritual centre for the a spiritual centre for the Hindu community in eastern Singapore.

Shopping: A fishy affair
Shopping: A fishy affair
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Shopping: A fishy affair

A buyer hunting down a good deal at one of the many fishing equipment stores. 

Shopping: Snacks galore
Shopping: Snacks galore
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Shopping: Snacks galore

Year-round bargain paradise.

Shopping: On the rocks, please.
Shopping: On the rocks, please.
11 Mar 2015

Shopping: On the rocks, please.

Year-round bargain paradise.

Shopping: The heartland style
Shopping: The heartland style
11 Mar 2015

Shopping: The heartland style

Year-round bargain paradise.

Fashion: The heartland style
Fashion: The heartland style
11 Mar 2015

Fashion: The heartland style

Singh Tailor vs. Kebaya Queen. What lovely shop names!

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