As part of LKY100 commemorative activities, a new exhibition at Changi Airport Terminal 2 showcases the story of Changi Airport. The immersive exhibition tells the untold stories of how the visionary leadership, boldness and conviction of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his team made Changi Airport possible.
Embark on a nostalgic voyage through time across six interactive zones featuring rarely-seen archival content.
About the Making of Changi Airport Story
Chapter One highlights the history and growth of Paya Lebar Airport. Visitors can experience the challenges faced by residents living close to the airport.
Chapter Two takes visitors back to the 70s – did you know that a big debate took place? Should Paya Lebar be expanded? Or should the airport move to Changi?
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Next, a special committee was formed to study the feasibility of Changi and the rest was history. Watch a short film about key construction milestones of Changi Airport in Chapter Four.
In Chapter Five, enjoy the anecdote-filled stories of the founding leaders of Changi Airport.
Finally, take a glimpse into the future and learn how decisions made decades ago laid the foundation for the Changi East development.
Newly Released Archival Materials at the Exhibition
Get to see freshly declassified archival materials for public viewing, the documents include:
· Two steering committee reports on the airport’s development dated 1976, adorned with a handwritten note by Mr Lee himself.
· A 1979 press release from then Public Works Department, chronicling the progressive developments of the Changi Airport.
· The original 1981 masterplan of Changi Airport, revealing the foresight behind the long-term planning of the airport
· A memo from Mr Lee in 1980, outlining the visionary greening of Airport Boulevard before the grand opening of Changi Airport.
This exhibition is also available in Chinese.
The Courage to Dream – The Making of the Changi Airport Story
When: Now till 28 February 2024, 9 am to 10 pm daily
Where: Changi Airport Terminal 2, Level 3
Admission is free. More details can be found here.