How many overseas SilverKris Lounges have reopened?

Singapore Airlines has reopened most of its overseas SilverKris Lounge network, but when will hold-outs Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul return?

When COVID shut down global air travel in April 2020, Singapore Airlines turned its flagship Singapore lounge into a skeleton operation and closed its entire overseas network of 13 SilverKris Lounges. Adelaide, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi were permanently shuttered, while the rest went into cold storage.

With travel gradually returning to normal, the lounge in London was the first to resume operations in September 2021, and to date a total of 7 out of 10 overseas SilverKris Lounges have reopened.

The three hold outs? Hong Kong, Seoul and Taipei. 

Current status of SilverKris Lounges

🍸 Overseas SilverKris Lounges
(in order of reopening)
LoungeStatus
(Reopening date)
London (LHR)Open
(Sep-21)
Melbourne (MEL)Open
(Nov-21)
Sydney (SYD)Open
(Nov-21)
Perth (PER)Open
(Mar-22)
Brisbane (BNE)Open
(Mar-22)
Manila (MNL)Open
(May-22)
Bangkok (BKK)Open
(Sep-22)
Hong Kong (HKG)Closed
Seoul (ICN)Closed
Taipei (TPE)Closed

Singapore Airlines has been reopening its overseas SilverKris Lounges at a steady clip, with 70% of the network now back in operation. 

This just leaves Hong Kong, Seoul and Taipei- perhaps not surprising, given how long these three countries took to reopen in earnest. I reached out to Singapore Airlines to check if they had any updates on the matter, but unfortunately, no joy:

The re-opening plans for the SilverKris lounges in Taipei, Seoul and Hong Kong have yet to be finalised. We will announce more details in due course. 

-Singapore Airlines spokesperson

If you’re flying from one of these airports, here’s the current arrangement, and what you can look forward to when the SilverKris Lounge eventually (we hope!) reopens. 

Hong Kong

Schedule and current arrangement

Singapore Airlines currently operates three daily flights out of Hong Kong, including a high-capacity A380-800. That’s a lot of potential passengers with lounge access, not to mention a fourth daily flight will be added from October 2023.

FlightScheduleScheduleA/C
SQ883Dep. 1410
Arr. 1810
DailyB77W
SQ893Dep. 1555
Arr. 2000
DailyA359
SQ895Dep. 1850
Arr. 2250
DailyA388

Unfortunately the on-ground situation is far from ideal. Due to a lack of Star Alliance alternatives in HKG (the United Club is still closed), SIA passengers are being funnelled to the Plaza Premium Lounge, which often runs so full there’s a queue out the door (the fact that Plaza Premium accepts passengers with credit cards doesn’t help either).

If you find yourself flying out of Hong Kong, you’d be better off trying to access one of the following instead:

  • Priority Pass/LoungeKey: Chase Sapphire Lounge (7 a.m to 11 p.m daily)
  • AMEX Platinum Charge/Centurion: Centurion Lounge (3 p.m to 12.30 a.m daily)

Overview: SilverKris Lounge Hong Kong

SilverKris Lounge Hong Kong | Photo: ET

The 913 sqm SilverKris Lounge in Hong Kong received a makeover in 2014, which introduced the “Home Away From Home” design concept by Ong&Ong now found throughout other SilverKris Lounges worldwide. This design philosophy focuses on creating personal spaces that evoke a sense of being at home, like a dedicated living room, kitchen and dining area, together with Singapore-sourced artwork and food.

SilverKris Lounge Hong Kong | Photo: ET
SilverKris Lounge Hong Kong | Photo: Young Travellers of HK

What the lounge lacks in natural light, it makes up for in amenities. Guests can look forward separate dining and seating areas, a tended bar, productivity pods, and three shower suites, each featuring a rain shower, vanity area and attached toilet (the shower rooms were notorious for being frequently out of service in the pre-COVID days; let’s hope that’s changed).

Tended bar | Photo: Young Travellers of HK
Productivity pods | Photo: ET
Shower room | Photo: Young Travellers of HK

Inside the First Class section, you’ll find an a la carte menu with local favourites like wanton noodle soup and roast goose, as well as Singaporean classics like nasi lemak and laksa. Veuve Clicquot champagne is poured, though you’ll want to save your liver for the Krug and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne onboard. 

The Business Class section has a more traditional buffet setup, but still serves up a variety of hot Western and Asian items, including Indonesian-style fried rice and sauteed conchiglie with vegetable and tomato sauce. There’s also a fridge full of Haagen-Dazs ice cream, and champagne is available in the form of Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut. 

Seoul

Schedule and current arrangement

Singapore Airlines currently operates three daily flights out of Seoul.

FlightScheduleScheduleA/C
SQ607Dep. 0900
Arr. 1445
DailyA359
SQ601Dep. 1635
Arr. 2220
DailyA359
SQ605Dep. 2315
Arr. 0455 (+1)
DailyB78X

A fourth daily flight (SQ611) will be added from May 2023.

SIA passengers are currently directed to the Asiana Lounge near Gate 11 (East). 

Asiana Lounge Seoul Incheon
Asiana Lounge Seoul Incheon
Asiana Lounge Seoul Incheon

I visited this lounge back in November 2021, where there was a complete absence of hot food (cup noodles don’t count!) and nothing much to do. I gather the food selection has improved since then, but it’s nowhere as exciting as what the SilverKris Lounge has to offer…

Overview: SilverKris Lounge Seoul

SilverKris Lounge Seoul

The SilverKris Lounge in Seoul received its “Home Away From Home” makeover in October 2019, and visually speaking, this is a stunning lounge. It plays it all modern and sophisticated in parts, like an upscale coworking space decked out with communal seating and individual productivity pods (is that Korean Airlines blue I spot?).

SilverKris Lounge Seoul | Photo: sggoodlife
SilverKris Lounge Seoul | Photo: sggoodlife
SilverKris Lounge Seoul | Photo: 10 Satu Kosong

At the same time, it’s equally capable of turning on a dime and wowing you with retro Singapore décor, like this Peranakan-inspired corner complete with display cabinets and trinkets. 

SilverKris Lounge Seoul | Photo: sggoodlife
SilverKris Lounge Seoul | Photo: sggoodlife

The centrepiece of the lounge is its tended bar, which serves up various cocktails including a mean espresso martini. Champagne, unfortunately, is not served. You’ll have to make do with a Louis Perdrier or a Henkell Trocken sparkling wine, depending on what’s in stock. 

SilverKris Lounge flagship bar | Photo: sggoodlife

The buffet spread pre-COVID consisted of items like beef bulgogi, miso salmon, fried tofu, chicken congee, Western breakfast staples and various salads plus cold cuts and desserts.

Shower rooms are also available. 

Taipei

Schedule and current arrangement

Singapore Airlines currently operates seven weekly flights out of Taipei.

FlightScheduleScheduleA/C
SQ877Dep. 1410
Arr. 1855
4x weeklyB78X
SQ879Dep. 1735
Arr. 2220
3x weeklyB78X

This is a relatively low volume, but will increase to 10x weekly from end-March 2023, and then to 14x weekly in June 2023. 

Plaza Premium Lounge TPE Zone A

SIA passengers are currently sent to the Plaza Premium Lounge at Zone A; a surprise, given how Taipei is EVA Air’s home ground. I suspect there are cost reasons behind this (presumably Plaza Premium charges less than EVA), but there’s nothing stopping them from visiting The Infinity or The Star lounges if they wish.

Update: Per the comments, SIA passengers are now being directed to EVA Air’s lounges instead of Plaza Premium. The Singapore Airlines website has not been updated at this time

Overview: SilverKris Lounge Taipei

SilverKris Lounge Taipei | Photo: Shanescape

Unlike the Hong Kong and Seoul lounges, the Taipei lounge never got the “Home Away From Home” makeover. It’s basically one long rectangular room, with seating reminiscent of the late noughties, and somehow manages to be naturally lit and dark at the same time.

I snapped these photos back in 2017, way before my Pixel days, so forgive the potato-quality shots.

SilverKris Lounge Taipei
SilverKris Lounge Taipei
SilverKris Lounge Taipei
SilverKris Lounge Taipei

Pre-COVID food options included scrambled eggs, dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, assorted vegetables and fried noodles, with additional Singapore touches like bak kut teh. Champagne is absent from this lounge, sadly, with the only sparkling option being a very mediocre Martini Asti. Business Class passengers should save their weekly allowance for the Charles Heidsieck served onboard. 

Universal power outlets with USB charging ports can be found throughout the lounge, though productivity pods have not been installed. Shower rooms with attached toilets provide a place to freshen up. 

SilverKris Lounge Taipei shower room | Photo: James Dozer

One cute and unique feature of the Taipei lounge is their “memorabilia closet”, displaying a range of kitsch Singapore Airlines accessories like fans, Hummelesque figurines, an A380 playset, even a SQ-branded Monopoly kit. 

SQ memorabilia
SQ memorabilia
SQ memorabilia
SQ memorabilia

Conclusion

While there’s no official word from Singapore Airlines, my guess is that we’ll see the remaining three lounges reopen in the following order:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Seoul
  3. Taipei

At least that’s what would make sense to me, seeing as how Hong Kong has the highest capacity and the lowest number of alternative lounges. 

I’m also rather surprised that the Taipei SilverKris Lounge didn’t get the chop during COVID, because it’s the smallest and oldest lounge in the network, and wasn’t even deemed worthy of renovations. That’s why I have it pegged as the last lounge to reopen- if at all! 

Which SilverKris Lounge do you hope to see reopened next?

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Cmy

I was denied entry to Plaza Premium lounge in TPE on 18 Jan 2023 when flying in J and was told that SQ now uses EVA lounges instead.

UK_Ship

Same- flew earlier this month and was directed to EVA lounge

GuiTaR

Yup, SQ definitely directing to EVA lounge…I’m in the EVA lounge right now. There are maps to the EVA lounge at the SQ check in counters too.

Nick

The Silverkris at Sydney was really sad and if not for the DIY nasi lemak, we couldn’t find anything memorable. In contrast, the AMEX Centurion and House by Aspire were much better choices if departing from Sydney, in terms of F&B, coffee was way better, but The House can be crowded at times.

chk

I loved the coffee at SYD SKris lounge. And they have takeaway too. Agreed the food was not that great but had good variety.

Michael

I was in HKG last week and the Silverkris Lounge was indeed dark and closed with a lining of plastic half covering the door on the inside. Really grim and not seeming to spring into action any time soon. I concur that the Plaza Premium Lounge nearest to the SKL (around gate 1) was really full, they were even using part of the adjacent PP First Lounge seating area although the PP First Lounge itself is still closed. I don’t really like it, with its low ceilings and no natural light. There is another PP Lounge near gate 60 on… Read more »

Salmon Lee

Is the TG lounge in HK airport still in existence? As part of Star Alliance, can SQ passengers use that? I recall doing so some years back, and thought it was not a bad option at all.

Michael

I believe the TG lounge is permanently closed at HKG

Dave

SKL at BNE was sad too. Headed over to the Air New Zealand lounge instead.

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