Heritage takes centre stage at Changi's new T4

Changi Airport unveiled its soon-to-be-opened Terminal 4 (T4) yesterday, July 25, featuring the Heritage Zone in the transit area to permanently showcase Singapore's local culture and flavour to international passengers.

The area gives a glimpse into the evolution of shophouse architecture from the 1880s to the 1950s, including the rich and colourful Peranakan heritage often seen in the likes of the Katong and Chinatown areas.

Singapore’s heritage is showcased in retail stores featuring facades of old Peranakan houses. Photo courtesy: Changi Airport Group
Singapore’s heritage is showcased in retail stores featuring facades of old Peranakan houses. Photo courtesy: Changi Airport Group

Two of the shophouse bays will be transformed into a digital theatre stage, to present a six-minute cultural mini-theatre show, Peranakan Love Story.

The non-conversational musical tells of an unlikely romance between two passionate musician-neighbours living next to each other, set in 1930s Singapore. A collaboration with renowned Singaporean composer and artiste Dick Lee, the show also features other local talents including Adrian Pang, Koh Chieng Mun, Amy Cheng and Benjamin Kheng.

Retail and F&B outlets around the area will also be housing local brands like Bee Cheng Hiang, Bengawan Solo, Curry Times, Eu Yan Sang, and Heavenly Wang.

“T4 was conceived with the vision to rethink travel, push boundaries and break new ground," said Poh Li San, Changi Airport Group's (CAG) Vice President, T4 Programme Management Office. "Through innovative concepts of operation and terminal design, we sought to address our capacity needs as well as improve efficiency and manpower productivity.”

She added that, “For the passenger, we wanted to delight them with "wow" features and showcase our local culture and architectural history at the Heritage Zone. We look forward to welcoming the public to our Open House in August, and passengers when we open T4 for operations later this year.”

Changi Airport T4 presents a new passenger travel experience through its unique terminal design and innovative use of technology. Photo courtesy: Changi Airport Group.
Changi Airport T4 presents a new passenger travel experience through its unique terminal design and innovative use of technology. Photo courtesy: Changi Airport Group.

T4 is also the first terminal at Changi Airport to offer end-to-end Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) for departing passengers.

With the extensive use of technology, including facial recognition software, FAST redefines the passenger's travel experience, enhances operational efficiency and raises productivity. Passengers will enjoy the flexibility of checking in at their own convenience, without having to wait for counters to open. 

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. 

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