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Battlebox, Singapore

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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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  • We took the tour and it was a real eye opener as to how the English army commanders operated in the below ground control centre. The guide provided plenty of interesting facts and some film footage. Y...  more »
  • The tour of the Battlebox takes you under ground into the HQ bunkers used by allied forces in WWII. The guide is very well informed... if a little intense meeting deadlines... yet you can really get a...  more »
  • My wife, a friend and I did the Battlebox Tour this morning and enjoyed it immensely. Great tour, excellent commentary by tour guide Matt, and very informative audio visual presentations. Very easy to...  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!
  • Really enjoyed this tour. Its a must do if you're interested in British military history. The tour guide was excellent and had a huge wealth of knowledge. She was able to answer every question in great detail.
  • Toured The Battlebox with Original Singapore Tours. Enjoyable tour explaining the history of Fort Canning and The Battlebox. Definitely would recommended it.
  • Great insight into an important part of the war. And the space is very cool to check out. My wife (a Singaporean) learnt her history also.
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