Senses come alive at airport's Enchanted Garden

Senses come alive at airport's Enchanted Garden
The Enchanted Garden at Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 is equipped with sensors which trigger the beautiful sounds and sights of nature in a tropical rainforest whenever visitors enter the compound.

SINGAPORE - A new garden with the sights and sounds of Nature has sprung up at Changi Airport to refresh the soul of weary travellers.

Sitting amid rows and rows of shops in Terminal 2, the garden in the transit area for departing passengers bursts into life with birds chirping and flowers blooming whenever a traveller enters - thanks to modern technology.

The Enchanted Garden is rigged with sensors, which when stepped on, trigger the sounds of the rainforests of Borneo.

Walking among the thick ferns, sensors will also bring to bloom mechanical anthurium flowers.

The multi-sensory experience is a hit with frequent travellers like Ms Saw Yee Linn, a ground staffer at Dubai airport.

Said the 32-year-old who was on a six-hour transit: "You don't get this in other airports.

"Time passes faster when you have interesting things like this."

Agreeing, Canadian Mitchell Jordan, 15, added: "It's great to see Nature where you least expect it."

The 390 sq m garden, with ferns and flowers of 50 different species, was conceived from feedback received from travellers, said Changi Airport Group's spokesman Robin Goh.

"Some transits are several hours long and we were looking for ways to make travellers not feel as cooped up at an airport

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