Singapore is renowned as a bustling modern metropolis – an example of what every budding smart-city should aspire to be. But it isn’t all about the future, Singapore has its own rich history, one that is on display within the city itself!
Kranji War Memorial
One of the most well-known historical locations in Singapore, the Kranji War Memorial was built to honour the memories of the brave soldiers who died in battle during World War II. It is also a mass grave for the Chinese soldiers that were executed during the Japanese occupation. Though it can seem grim, there is also a sense of peace and serenity at the memorial which makes for a memorable visit. It is also easily accessible, being only a quick drive away from most hotels in Serangoon Road, Singapore, such as the Park Hotel Farrer Park.
The Civilian War Memorial
Unveiled on February 15th, 1967, this towering monument signifies the 25th anniversary of Singapore’s defeat at the hands of the Japanese. The four pillars which are mirror images of each other represent Singapore’s main races, and they watch over the burial chambers of the many civilians that were killed during the occupation.
The Battle Box
The Battle Box was originally built to be a bomb centre during World War II – the centre of British intelligence in Malaysia. These days it’s a site for war memorabilia, with a number of exhibits showcasing Singapore’s role in humanity’s greatest conflict.
If you want to see every facet of Singapore’s history, you can’t go wrong with visiting some of the city’s notable museums. The most famous is the Singapore National museum which even has interactive exhibits to enhance your learning experience. There’s also the Mint Toy Museum that showcases an array of vintage toys, some over a hundred years old!