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Battlebox, Singapore

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#3 of 139 in Historic Sites in Singapore
Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
This once-secret bunker documents Singapore’s past during World War II. Located inside Fort Canning Hill, the Battlebox was once a top-secret bunker that was built to be bombproof and self-sufficient. Construction was completed between 1936 and 1941. During WWII, it served as an underground command centre for British-led troops in Singapore. It was also inside the Battlebox that the British made the momentous decision on 15 February 1942 to surrender Singapore to the Japanese forces.
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  • Battlebox was a hidden treasure of Singapore’s history. It is a well preserved underground bunger of the British military. It tells the sad tale of the humiliating surrender of the British to the...  more »
  • Museum was well preserved. The guide was very engaging, love his enthusiasm and way of storytelling. Learnt a lot of interesting facts about Singapore's history. Guy at the ticket counter was also...  more »
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  • A very good museum, and the only way to visit is during an official tour. These take approx 1hr 15m and are a good length. Enough time to get a good look at the very intact bunker, and hear some of the story off the British defeat on the Malay peninsula and surrender of Singapore. Worth a read of some background info before or after too. The shop is well stocked with books etc and even a few snacks and cool drinks. Great place to visit!
  • Significant historical site, used as a stronghold for British Armed Forces during the Japanese attack on (and subsequent command of) Singapore. Of the 29 rooms inside this concrete bunker built into Fort Canning Hill, many original artefacts and relics from 1942 have been preserved, such as the vacuum tube for communication capsules, the original ventilation pipes, and even a commander's water canister! Great place to bring a very significant point in Singapore's (and Great Britain's) history to life!

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