What used to be a bombproof World War II bunker is now the historic Battle Box museum that transports visitors back to the ... More
What used to be a bombproof World War II bunker is now the historic Battle Box museum that transports visitors back to the morning of February 15, 1942, the day Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival made the decision to surrender to the invading Japanese troops. Robotic wax figures coupled with high-quality animatronics and special sound effects give an air of suspense as the actual footage of events unfolds, leading to the eventual fall of Singapore into the hands of the Japanese forces.
For those interested in History in General and WWII in particular, the Singapore Battle Box offers an insight in British and Singapore History of that period. The displays are excellent with attention paid to detail. It rivals the WWII Underground Bunker of Churchill in London. The Battle Box is faithfully recreated to the point that you feel as if you are transported to the WWII battle and surrender of Singapore. The guide on our visit was fantastic.
A must for any one with even a remote understanding of a very dark time. Have been twice, well worth while hour. Neer Orchard rd, the hill with a long history and good views of modern Sinapore. Special interest I know the Family of AH Dickinson the Head of police mentioned in the BOX.
The battle box was a very interesting tour repleat with photos, recording, and preserved memorobelia. The box was sealed since 1945 and only open a year or so ago and much was left completely untouched including messages scrolled on the walls by allies and jananese soldiers upon their respective departure from and assuption of control over the battle box. There is an unmistakable sense of history stepping inside which seems nearly tangible. The actualy recordings of transmissions from the battle box which are available in some rooms help complete the experience. Our tour guide lived through the WWII experience from start to finish and gave a great personal and heart felt story of the experience. It was one of the most intersting and telling experiences I think a tourist can have when looking to understand the history of Singapore. I highly recommend the tour. It is relatively short, inexpensive but impactful.
The hike up is well worth it given the view. As well there are a number of old buildings from the early colonial days. Once inside you will see a well restored facility that brings back the feel for the fall of Singapore through decorated rooms and animatronics.
You can combine this with a couple other activites as there is no shortage of things to do in this area.
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