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World War II Monuments in Singapore

By Viator, February 2018

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You find numerous World War II sites and memorials in Singapore, all of which serve as a poignant testament to the Japanese occupation of the country from 1942 to 1945. To learn about Singapore’s wartime history, here are a few key locations to visit. 

Former Ford Factory
This old Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant served a base for the Royal Air Force to assemble fighter planes until 1942, when it was seized by Japanese forces. It’s also the site where the British surrendered to the Japanese—the largest surrender of British-led forces in history. Today, the Former Ford Factory houses a permanent exhibition on the war and its legacy in Singapore. 

Fort Canning Park
British forces in Singapore made the difficult decision to surrender the island to the Japanese at their army barracks atop Fort Canning Hill. Now a sprawling park, the site also hosts a small museum where you can learn about Battlebox, the former British underground command center. 

Changi
During the occupation of Singapore, the Japanese built several prisoner-of-war camps here, now memorialized along the Changi WWII Trail. Monuments of interest include the Changi Prison Chapel (a replica of one built by POWs during the war), the Sook Ching Memorial Monument commemorating a massacre of Chinese males by Japanese secret police, and the Changi Prison Museum with its collection of drawings, sketches, and photographs of life inside the war camps.

Kranji War Memorial
Situated in Northern Singapore, the Kranji War Memorial honors the men and women of the Commonwealth who lost their lives fighting in World War II. The serene hillside cemetery houses more than 4,400 white gravestones in neat rows, as well as a hilltop memorial bearing the names of 24,346 Allied soldiers killed in the line of duty with no known graves.

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Singapore Round-Island Tour with Changi War Museum, Kranji War Memorial and Bright Hill Temple, ... 
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Singapore Round-Island Tour with Changi War Museum, Kranji War Memorial and Bright Hill Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 585 Reviews

Retrace Singapore's WWII history with this round-island tour that will take you to Changi Chapel and Museum and Kranji War Memorial. Explore both sites with ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.41
Changi WWII War Trail and Museum Tour, Singapore, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Changi WWII War Trail and Museum Tour

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This is the gripping tale of brave men and women who fought and were interned during the Japanese Occupation in World War II. This motorcoach tour takes you ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.09
Changi Chapel and Museum Half-Day Tour from Singapore, Singapore, Half-day Tours
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Changi Chapel and Museum Half-Day Tour from Singapore

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Visit Changi Chapel and Museum with a professional guide in Changi Village, an ethnic Malay community of Singapore. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.54
Private Tour: World War II Introduction on Singapore, Singapore, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Tour: World War II Introduction on Singapore

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Ideal for history buffs, this 6-hour tour of World War II sites in Singapore gives you a better understanding of what happened in this part of the world. ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $279.86
Private Tour: The Fall of Singapore WWII, Singapore, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Tour: The Fall of Singapore WWII

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This full-day private group tour is a great way to understand the role Singapore played in World War 2. Prices includes up to 5 adults. We drive through 4 ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 7 to 10 hrs

From USD $612.58
Private Changi Chapel and Museum Tour from Singapore, Singapore, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Changi Chapel and Museum Tour from Singapore

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Take a private tour of Changi Chapel and Museum, and witness World War II history in Changi Village – an ethnic Malay enclave on Singapore’s east coast. With a ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.72
Battle of Singapore in World War II Full-Day Shared Tour, Singapore, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Battle of Singapore in World War II Full-Day Shared Tour

The Second World War came to Malaya and Singapore on December 8, 1941, more than two years after it broke out in Europe. After Singapore fell on February 15, ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $255.76
Private Tour: Singapore Round-Island Tour with Changi Prison, Kranji War Memorial and Bright Hill ... 
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Private Tour: Singapore Round-Island Tour with Changi Prison, Kranji War Memorial and Bright Hill Temple

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Take a private round-island tour of Singapore that will give you an interesting insight into life and history outside the city center. With your expert guide, ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.40

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