The well-known Changi Museum in Singapore is devoted to the history of Singapore during World War II. Originally this museum with its chapel stood alongside the infamous Changi prison, but in 2001 when the prison was expanded these two sites were relocated to a location about 1 kilometre away.
The Changi Museum is devoted to the memory of all those who lived and died in Singapore during these most difficult of times. The institution honours all the intrepid individuals whose commitment and spirit enabled them to withstand and ultimately triumph over evil and adversity. The museum enables the present generation and the generations to come to appreciate the courage and fortitude displayed by these men and women who lived during these dark days. It also serves as a means by which the prisoners-of-war as well as their family members can ease the painful scars of this period of suffering.
The museum’s galleries depict these trying times in great detail. You will find out about what life was like in Changi – as the area was known at this time – before the commencement of the war, and how the region was militarized. A number of storyboards describe the incidents which occurred in the region during the war days. The visitor will be able to read various authentic quotations made by prisoners-of-war, war veterans and local residents. You will also be able to examine the personal items, tools and other materials used by POWs. Another section details the conditions in the notorious Changi Prison, where up to four prisoners were incarcerated within one small cell.
Not to be missed is the collection of drawings and paintings made by military as well as civilian detainees. These works of art depict the mode of life experienced by the detainees and the sufferings they endured. Meanwhile another zone is devoted to the climax and end of the war, when the nightmare of suffering ended and the prisoners were freed to join their loved ones.
Visiting Changi Museum is an enthralling experience that will remain in the memory of those who take the time to visit this unique establishment.
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