Memorials of War in Singapore

By: James Cook

Singapore was a fiercely contested territory during the Second World War between the Allied troops and the pro-Nazi Japanese. Why does this translate into an interesting vacation experience? Because, Singapore holds some of the world's best preserved World War II monuments and artifacts.

Some interesting places to visit that bring back memories of the darkest chapter in modern history are the Battle Box, the Changi Chapel and Museum, the Civilian memorial, Fort Siloso and the Johore Battery.

Tucked into the hillside of Fort Canning is the Battle Box, the largest underground command centre of the British Malaya Command Headquarters during World War II. Comprising of 22 rooms linked by a corridor, this complex is bomb-proof and also capable of recycling its own air supply. Through the use of special audio-visual effects, and high-quality animatronics, visitors are able to relive the morning of 15 February 1942 when Singapore fell to the Japanese.

Fort Siloso was built by the British in the 1880s to protect the western entrance to the Singapore harbour, Fort Siloso is the only preserved British coastal fortification in Singapore today. The fort became a concentration camp for POWs (Prisoners Of War) during the Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1945.

The Changi Chapel, housed within the open-air courtyard of the Museum, is a symbolic replica of the many chapels built during the Japanese Occupation. Built by Changi Prison inmates, it stands as a monument to those who maintained their faith and dignity during those dark years. One of the museum's main highlights is the replica of The Changi Murals, a series of magnificent wall paintings recreated from the originals painted by bombardier Stanley Warren.

These are only a few of the thought provoking memorials of the World War that are to be found in Singapore many can be found strewn all over the island. offer tours and special packages to visit these historically important sites. Some historic also have their own monuments and memorials dedicated to World War II.

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