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Battlebox, Singapore

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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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  • The visit into the battelbox felt like a journey back in time to the 1940s. It was a truly immersive experience. Just wish there was a night tour which will surely bring chilld down the spine of...  more »
  • I had a great experience and its certainly worth a visit, especially for history buffs. I've read books, read many articles and seen many videos about how the British lost Malaya and Singapore during....  more »
  • 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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