Go on the World War II trail
World War 2 was a significant part of Singapore’s history. Although the war is long over, you can still retrace the journey and visit some of the famous moments at heritage sites such as Fort Siloso, Changi Museum and Ford Factory among others. These sites serve to preserve a part of history, and remember the heroes who have given up their lives in the name of freedom.
The Changi Museum commemorates the World War 2 POWs during the Japanese occupation of Singapore. Find out more about the conditions they were held captive in from personal recorded accounts, letters, paintings and photographs documenting the significant events that happened. While you’re there, do stop by the Changi Chapel.
Located in a bunker nine metres underground at Fort Canning Park, the Battle Box museum was once Singapore’s largest World War 2 underground military complex. Relive the events that led up to Singapore’s surrender to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.
The Ford Factory was formerly an automotive assembly plant, and also the site marking the British surrender to the Japanese during World War 2. Today, the factory is a museum which tells the story of the rise and fall of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation.
Fort Siloso, one of Singapore’s war relics, was a coastal artillery fort which has now been transformed into
a military musuem. Located on the northwestern tip of the island, it contributed to part of the defence
against the Japanese invasion during World War 2.
As you step in and explore the fort, you’ll be able to view a large collection of World War 2 memorabilia including an actual 17th century artillery, life-sized replicas and interactive exhibits.
The Kranji War Memorial honours the men and women who gave their lives for freedom in World War 2. One prominent landmark you’ll see are the 12 standing Memorial Walls, which were erected and inscribed to remember those whose bodies were never recovered. Do observe a moment of silence on your visit there.