Singapore World War II Sites

At the start of World War II Singapore was Britain’s largest military base in Southeast Asia and was heralded as the “Impregnable Fortress”. The week long battle that saw the Japanese take the island was the largest surrender of British led military personnel in history, turning Singapore into a Japanese occupied port and a prison for some 100,000 prisoners of war made up of Indian, British and Australian troops.

Today Singapore is a source of great WWII history with several museums and sites showcasing the remnants of the terrible war. Take a stroll through some of the old forts and war memorials that look over the shores where armies once fought. A tour of one of the many different war museums will present a harrowing story of the fight and the years of torment the prisoners endured before their liberation at the end of the war.

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Changi Chapel & Museum

Open: 9.30am - 5pm Daily
Entry: Free
Address: 1000 Upper Changi Road North

Built by the Changi Prison inmates, the Chapel is housed within an open air courtyard of the Museum. It stands as a monument to the 50,000 civilians and soldiers imprisoned and the agony caused by the Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1945. 

Civilian War Memorial

Open: Daily
Entry: Free
Address: War Memorial Park, Beach Road

Situated in the east of the Padang, the Civilian War Memorial was erected to remember those who perished during Japanese Occupation. Each year on February 15, a service is conducted here to remember the victims of war.

Fort Siloso

Open: 10am - 6pm Daily
Entry: Adults $12, Children $9
Address: 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa

Located on Sentosa Island, Fort Siloso was built in the 1880s to help the British protect the western entrance to Singapore harbour. During Japanese Occupuation it was used as a concentration camp for Prisoners of War. Today it is the only preserved coastal fortification in Singapore.

Johore Battery

Open: 9am - 5pm Daily
Entry: Free
Address: Cosford Road off Upper Changi Road North

The British built the Jahore Battery in 1939 to help defend Singapore. It was made of a series of tunnels which were used to store ammunition - the guns here were the largest of their kind outside of Britain. Replicas of these guns are now in place. After the war the tunnels were closed up and remained undiscovered until 1991.

Kranji War Memorial

Open: 7am - 6pm Daily
Entry: Free
Address: 9 Woodlands Road

The Karnji War Memorial honours the men from Australia, Britain, Canada, India, Malaya, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka who lost their lives in World War II. 

Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Open: 9:30am - 5:30pm Tuesday to Sunday
Entry: Adults $2, Students $1
Address: 31-K Pepys Road

Sitting on top of Opium Hill is this memorial to the 1,400 soldiers of the Malay regiment who made their stand against 13,000 Japanese soldiers in 1942. The black and white colonial bungalow contains artefacts, exhibits and multi-media to encourage you to contemplate the nation's war experience and discover how far Singapore has come as a nation.

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