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Changi Village, Singapore Overview

The first things that usually come to mind when one hears of Singapore are the bustle of the metropolis, the dazzling lights, the honk of the vehicles, and the soaring skyscrapers. Singapore is certainly an ideal place for vacation for the ones who are looking for thrill and adventure, but what about the ones who need an escape from the very things that characterise this bustling civic district? Fortunately, Singapore has just the right place for the ones seeking solace and tranquillity as well. At the far-flung eastern end of the busy city-state lies Changi, with a quaint village at its northern tip.

Formerly known as the Tanjong Rusa, meaning the 'Cape of the Deer', Changi village serves as the link between Malaysia and Pulau Ubin. In spite of the modern, low-slung buildings, it has not deviated from its village atmosphere. The hotels, resorts and leisure facilities provide an excellent weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike. The wonderful fusion of the serene seaside, the cool, fresh air, the bright mornings and the quiet evenings offer you the peaceful vacation that you have been craving for.

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Things to do in Changi Village

  • Changi Point Boardwalk: Segregated into six different sections, namely the Beach Walk, the Cliff Walk, the Creek Walk, the Kelong Walk, the Sailing Point Walk, and the Sunset Walk, this picturesque coastal walkway, traversing lush mangroves, takes you along the length of the Changi Village. This 2.2 kilometre walkway along the waterfront is open 24 hours a day and is the ideal place to relax for a while.
  • Changi Beach Park: The 28-hectare Changi Beach Park is one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore with rich historical significance. This place had served as a brutal killing ground for the Japanese Army during the Second World War. At present, this serene park serves as an ideal place for hosting overnight picnics, jogging, or simply lazing around to watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset. This beautiful beach park also houses a playground with various recreational activities for children.
  • Changi Chapel and Museum: Formerly located beside the Changi Prison, the Changi Chapel and Museum was shifted to a new site at a distance of one kilometre from the former place when the Changi Prison was expanded in 2001. The extensive collection of photographs, letters and paintings along with artefacts from the Second World War makes this place a must-visit. Photography is not allowed inside the premises. The museum also has a gift shop which houses memorabilia and books for sale.
  • Changi Hawker Centre: Apart from the splendid scenic beauty, the Changi Village excels in serving delicious food as well. Renowned for its scrumptious Nasi Lemak and steaming Hokkien Noodles, the Changi Hawker Centre is a popular hub among the food connoisseurs. The endless choices and the long length of queues may be a challenge at first, but who doesn't enjoy some appetizing food at an affordable price?
  • Sree Ramar Temple: With a humble beginning as a shrine at the foot of a tree, the Sree Ramar Temple at present is a magnificent place of worship with the Hindu Lord Rama as its presiding deity. Various religious ceremonies like the Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, Chandi Homams, Navratri festival, and the Thiruvilakku pooja are held here with pomp and pomposity, drawing in a larger number of devotees on a regular basis. Primarily a Vaishnavite temple, Sree Ramar is also home to Saivite deities which help the Hindus to carry out the post-funeral rituals at the sea before proceeding to the temple so that the rites and rituals may reach completion. This religious temple also houses the deities of Quan Yin and Lord Buddha in order to cater to the religious needs of the non-Hindus.

History of Changi Village

Changi Village began its life as a kampong village before being redeveloped into a summerhouse by the British in the 1890s. The original redevelopments are still preserved in the resorts that stand here today. In the 1920s, the village only housed a couple of bungalows and a small police station. It was in the early 1800s that the former Tanjong Rusa came to be known as Tanjong Changi. The origin of the name of the village remains debatable to date. While some believe that the village derived its name from "changi ular", a climbing shrub, many others say that the indigenous Chengai tree is responsible for the nomenclature of the village. During the Second World War, most of the Chengai trees were cut down in order to clear the path for the Royal Air Force Base. Only one tree, standing at a towering height of seventy-six metres tall remained, serving as a prominent landmark. However, even that tree was shortened and eventually cut down to make sure that the Japanese flyers could not identify and attack the base. Today, the laid-back Changi Village offers a pleasant atmosphere to the ones who visit.

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