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Visiting The Jewel Rain Vortex At Changi Airport – The World’s Tallest Indoor Waterfall

A visit to the Rain Vortex waterfall at The Jewel in Changi Airport is a must-do on any trip to Singapore. At an impressive 40 metres (130 feet) high, The Jewel’s Rain Vortex is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, and is incredibly impressive!

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Here’s all you need to know about visiting the Rain Vortex waterfall at The Jewel.

What Is The Rain Vortex?

The Rain Vortex is the name for the indoor waterfall at Changi Airport in Singapore.

It is located inside a huge 10 storey shopping centre inside the airport which is called The Jewel.

Hence many people often incorrectly refer to the actual waterfall as The Jewel, when The Jewel is really the name for the whole shopping complex.

The size of the waterfall is truly impressive, towering high over several floors and cascading down through the center of The Jewel shopping mall.

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The Rain Vortex is breathtaking, and in true Singapore style it manages to effortlessly mix modern architecture with nature, being surrounded by lush greenery and a terraced garden – featuring over 120 different types of plants!

It’s very popular, with visitors from all around the world coming to see the waterfall – usually before or after their flight to/from Changi Airport.

That being said, even though it is one of the most popular photo spots in Singapore, people don’t tend to spend too long and there are so many places to take photos of the waterfall that it’s easy enough to get photos without other people in.

People love visiting the Rain Vortex not just because of its beauty, but also because it is like an oasis of calm within the bustling airport and it is so unique for an airport!

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There’s certainly a reason why Changi Airport has been voted the world’s best airport for several years in a row!

Something really impressive about the Rain Vortex is that it also serves a practical purpose by collecting rainwater. This rainwater is then recycled for use within the Jewel – how cool is that?!

It’s also nice and cool here, as the Rain Vortex is set within a lush tropical artificial rainforest environment (known as the Shiseido Forest Valley) with cooler temperatures, similar to what you’ll find at Cloud Forest. 

The Rain Vortex is made from glass and steel domes, and enveloped by a stunning intricate lattice structure in a doughnut shape, with a void in the middle where the water plunges down.

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Where Is The Rain Vortex Located In Changi Airport?

The Rain Vortex is located inside The Jewel, a shopping centre which is connected to the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1 at Singapore’s Changi Airport.

The Jewel is easy to reach from all other terminals in the airport via the Skytrain. It’s also easy to reach if arriving to the airport by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) or taxi – just set the drop-off point as The Jewel (Terminal 1).

The Rain Vortex is 7 storeys high so it’s easy enough to find – just follow the signs!

How Much Does It Cost To Visit The Rain Vortex At The Jewel?

Luckily, it is free to see the Rain Vortex, and you can visit it whether you have a flight or not as it is located before any immigration checks.

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Rain Vortex At The Jewel?

The Rain Vortex is open 24/7, so you’ll be able to see it whenever you visit.

That being said, the waterfall is only switched on from 11 am – 10 pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 10 am – 10 pm Fridays to Sundays so you’ll definitely want to make sure you visit between these times.

Seeing The Rain Vortex without the water cascading down just isn’t the same!

At night, the Rain Vortex puts on a light and sound show, with the waterfall lighting up. If you want to see the Light Show, it’s on at 8pm and 9pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 8pm, 9pm and 10pm Fridays to Sundays.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the light and sound show though. I’ve been twice to the Rain Vortex – both in the day, and I think the daytime pictures actually look better than the pictures taken at night, so I don’t feel like I have missed out by not seeing it!

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Best Photo Opportunities Of The Rain Vortex

Unlike other popular photo spots you’ll be visiting on your Singapore itinerary where you’ll want to get there early to avoid the crowds, there isn’t really a quiet time at the Rain Vortex.

Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, and people are constantly arriving here at the Rain Vortex before or after their flights as it’s one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls!

That being said, as I mentioned earlier, it’s easy to get photos without other people in, especially if you go up to the higher levels to get the whole view of the vortex (I think the photos actually look better from here too!).

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There are plenty of steps and terraces surrounding the rainforest environment on different levels, which offer a variety of picturesque viewpoints!

Additionally, you can sit at some restaurant terraces and enjoy the views with a drink or meal!

What Else Is There To Do At The Jewel?

The Jewel is a massive shopping/entertainment complex, so you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants here. There’s even an IMAX cinema and a hotel!

Lots of activities at The Jewel are free, but some such as the Canopy Bridge and Canopy Park require tickets.

Visiting the Rain Vortex At The Jewel Changi Airport 

Terminal 1: The simplest route to get to the Rain Vortex is through the level 1 Arrival hall of Terminal 1. This is directly connected to The Jewel.

Terminals 2 & 3: Accessing The Jewel from Terminals 2 and 3 is straightforward.

The level 2 departure halls of both terminals are linked to Jewel by the skytrain, as well as the glass skybridge, which can be reached in less than a 10-minute walk. 

Terminal 4: From Terminal 4 you can catch a shuttle bus directly to The Jewel. 

Visiting the Rain Vortex at The Jewel is very easy if you’re clearing customs or leaving the airport.

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If you’re not clearing customs, and only transiting at Changi Airport, it is still possible to catch a glimpse of the waterfall by riding the free Skytrain between Terminal 2 or 3 that runs through the airport!


Whether you’re just in Singapore for a short layover, or you’re here for longer, the Rain Vortex at The Jewel is a must-visit! Let me know how you go!

And whilst you’re at Changi Airport, check out the newest installation at Changi Airport called Wonderfall – located at Terminal 2. Be sure to visit if you have enough time!