7 hours in total
Pick up at a meet-up point
What To Expect
Meet your local expert guide at City Hall MRT, near to St Andrew Cathedral. Before the tour, your local guide will make an introduction, provide a tour overview and spend some time familiarizing with the group.
The trail will begin at Former City Hall, the Municipal Building, the place where the Surrender Ceremony took place in 1945. This starts the pace of the tour by the overarching question of “What leads to the fall of Singapore?”. We then explore some of the death tolls of the war, namely the Civilian War Memorial and the Cenotaph. Gazetted as a national monument on 15 August 2013, the Civilian War Memorial records the tragic deaths of 40,000 during the 3 years under Japanese Occupation. Today, the Total Defence Day is also held annually on 15 February, the day of defeat.
Next, we will be transported to the Labrador Gun Site, to understand the idea behind the renowned “Twin Fortress” which Churchill described as “Impregnable”. Fort Siloso, and Fort Pasir Panjang are two heavily guarded forts that defended the waters of Singapore. Considerations of terrains led the British revealed Singapore's greatest weakness, the Land. Did Singapore fell just because our “Guns are pointed wrongly and cannot be pivoted?” Following that, we will learn about the Last Battle of Singapore, led by a fierce Unsung hero, Adnan Bin Saidi, who fought bravely to sustain Singapore for another 72 hours. This led Japanese General Yamashita to fail in his mission to conquer Singapore in 4 days. Within the vicinity, we will also pass by Alexandra Hospital of significant importance, along the way to the Landing Site of the Japanese Soldiers at Sarimbun Beach.
The tour will now follow the chronological order of how the initial invasion progress over time, from the Landing Site of the Japanese Soldiers at Sarimbun Beach. Being known as the "Tiger of Japan", General Yamashita led the Japanese to victory on Battle of Malaya, against the "Bucked-Tooth" General Percival. This paints a picture of Tiger hunting Rabbit. Find out how the Japanese crippled the Allied Forest at the Battle of Sarimbun Beach. It was noted that the Japanese Army was greatly outnumbered by the Allied Forces, let us have a deeper insight into the strategy that Yamashita adopted. The invasion soon takes us to Kranji Battle Site, an important base for the Japanese to conquer. This was the renowned Inferno Battle where burning oil was used against the Japanese Army.
A site that holds 25,000 soldiers, from the Air, Land, and Sea, the Kranji War Memorial is often flooded with heavy hearts and painful memories from visitors. This was also the site that annually holds Remembrance Day on 11th November and ANZAC on 25th April. We will discuss the timeline of the invasion, and some of the recorded factors on both sides of the war, and to find out “Was there an alternate ending to this tragedy?”. Yamashita revealed after the war, that the Battle of Singapore was the greatest bluff he had called, how much of an impact had it dealt in a larger scheme of World War II?
The last part of the tour takes us to Former Ford Factory, where General Yamashita received General Percival on Singaore's unconditional surrender. By now, we should have covered vast areas of World War II sites, and had a Walkthrough on the events during the Invasion of Singapore. We will gain a deeper understanding of the Asia-Pacific war, its origins and its aftermath. With these, the tour will then conclude and bring us back to City Hall.
- 02:00 pm: Pick up from City Hall MRT Station. Meet your local guide and start your best war history tour of Singapore.
- Visit the Former City Hall, the Municipal Building, in which the Surrender Ceremony took place in 1945.
- Explore some of the death tolls of the war - Civilian War Memorial and the Cenotaph.
- Journey to the Labrador Gun Site to learn more about the idea behind the renowned "Twin Fortress".
- Gain in-depth knowledge about the Last battle of Singapore.
- Learn about The First Invasion and see the Initial Battle Sites.
- Visit the Kranji War Memorial.
- Stop by the Former Ford Factory.
- Back to the City Hall MRT station and conclude to tour.
- Pick-up and drop-off at a meeting point
- Air-conditioned coach
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Entrance fee to Former Ford Factory Museum
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
What's not included
- Other personal expenses
- Other activities not mentioned in the program
- Food and drinks
Plan your trip
- Join a small group of maximum 10 people
- Instant confirmation
- Join group message after payment
- Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice