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Enjoyed the tour but was a bit disappointed with Changi Jail as it was behind a closed fence and we could not see anything
Emotional but worthwhile tour. Learned a lot about WW11 in Singapore. Very informative guide. Would have liked more time to go round museum after the guided tour to look at some of the exhibits again.
The guide we had, Wina, spoke very informatively, pointing out the interesting places on the way to or from the museum, such as the Changi Prison, the Selerang Barracks, the Roberts Barracks, but it was a pity we couldn't actually stop to take photos of these other places. These are equally as important to family members of ex-POWs if not more, because the Museum and the Johore Battery were not really there when they were. The museum contents were good to the unstudied eye of the general visitor, but to those of us who know a lot more about the short 'campaign' that resulted in defeat, the Museum glossed over a lot of important aspects. On our 2nd visit to the museum, we wanted to study more about the people on the story boards, and look at the detail, we were surprised to find that little was said about the RASC of the 18th Div., they hardly got a mention. The badges of the Corps is there, but no listing on the brass plates in the first section. The audio was good to a certain point, and the recollections of actual Singaporeans involved were very moving. It is difficult to include everything, but if the place were to expand some more, there would be room. There was a central display of WWI boards, which detracted from the WWII displays on either side. I didn't look at any WWI displays. In the 'cell' depicted by a floor plan of how the troops were housed in cramped conditions, it would be more effective if a seat or a bench was put in that area (on the concrete slab) whereby you would get a feeling of claustrophobia and how what the men had to endure.. It could have felt more real. If Wina didn't know the answer to something she would find out. It was a shame that no photos were allowed as the aim of Museums are to surely educate more people about what happened, taking the information to others, so that they too would want to come and visit for real. Otherwise, probably one of the best tours on the Island.
I just finished reading King Rat by James Cavell, who had based the book on his experiences at the prison. The tour was very interesting and informative. The tour leader is very passionate about keeping the history relevant.
Great tour. Don't get to tour Changi prison as its still a working prison. Tour guide Helena was great, very personable and full of info on Singapore at the time of invasion and since. Lots of info on Singapore today. Great transport well worth doing.
Our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgable. It would have been interesting to see more of the prison if this was possible. The museum was excellent and very informative. Would go to the Museum again as there is so much to read about the people who were a part of this War.
A very interesting and informative tour. The stories the guide told really brought that time period to life.
Helena was very informative, learnt a lot. Have recommended to others.
Our guide, Carol, was excellent! She was passionate about the history - the commentary was balanced, extensive and interesting with not only relevance to war time Singapore but also modern Singapore.
The only down side, though no fault of the tour itself, was the absence of a visit to Changi Prison because access is not permitted and little remains other than the external wall.
Nevertheless, the tour was worth doing.
The highlight of this tour was the Changi Museum. Inside the stories, picture boards, artefacts were interesting, sad, funny.... Joo Ling was our tour guide: what a wonderful lady; knowledgeable, friendly and shared personal experiences with us. Easy to get to Pasir Ris MRT (green line). We arrived a little early and had a maccas breakfast inside shopping centre. Original chapel was relocated to Australia, so what you visit is a replica but this didn't affect my experience at all. Great history told.
The tour was very interesting and the guide Jooling was great . Her knowledge was fantastic kept up interested the whole time.It was well organised and gave you plenty of time for photos you never rushed .i would recommend this for anyone interested in the war to see what our POWs had to put up with.
Our tour gujde was knowledgable and informative. Her only difficulty was that she is yet to master the use of various types of microphone/pa systems on the bus and on foot (and they are not of sufficient quality). This meant that only those close to her could hear. Since the tour relies very heavily on the commentary, the difficulty hearing the guide was a major drawback to an otherwise very important historical tour.
Everything that was promised was delivered.
Very experienced guide.
An excellent tour. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Well worth doing to learn more about the situation in Singapore for locals, POWs, and soldiers.
The tour was very informative. Helena did a wonderful job of answering all of our questions and keeping us informed and entertained.
My wife and I found the tour a rewarding and sobering experience, and provided sought after information regarding Changi, its histiry, and the events surrounding the Japanese invasion and occupation. Tour guide was excellent - great knowledge/good sense of humour/mature "feel"for the subject matter. She also gave good insight into modern Singapore. Thank you very much! Highlight was the visit to the Changi museum and its shrine.
Overall i would rate the tour as ok, our guide was excellent, but disapointed not be able to view the old wall and gate in Changi prison.
This was a interesting tour. Our guide, Helena, was very knowledgeable and informative and explained much of the backgound to the Fall of Singapore and life in Changi for POWs in WW2. The chapel and museum were very moving - well laid out and gave a picture of what life was like as a POW. It was disappoining that we could not actually visit the site of the WW2 prison because that is still on the site on the present day Changi prison, but apart from that, the tour was well worth doing and gave us an insight into that period of our Australian/Singaporean history.
We very much enjoyed the tour to the Changi museum. Our guide was very passionate about her tour and gave us an insight into the times we had not thought of. The Jo Hore gun replica needs a lot of work on the site as it was overgrown. The masacare on the beach has been forgotten but showed how close the mainland is for the invasion of Singapore. The ease of getting to each site was well worth taking the tour as public transport would not be easy.
Very good guide, would have liked to see more of the prison complex.