Today, many visitors and Singaporeans know Sentosa as a destination for fun and adventure with family and friends.
But did you know that the island also holds a fair share of memories of soldiers fighting for their lives as they defended Singapore during WW2? Join us on a journey as we learn more about Fort Siloso; the cornerstone in the seaward defense plans of the British Colonial Powers. Explore tunnels and bunkers with us to experience how life was like during the Syonan years.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday | 15 October 2020 - 30 March 2021 | Duration: 2 hours | 2 pm - 4 pm | Meeting Point, Fort Siloso Skywalk Entrance, Siloso Point
Fort Siloso Skywalk Entrance
Blakang Mati is the former name of Sentosa, the word “siloso" is actually derived from a Malayan word meaning "rock. Fort Siloso was constructed to protect the New Harbour (now known as Keppel Harbour). During WW2, it was part of Singapore’s coastal defense Today, the is a military museum and it is the only complete fort in Singapore.
Fort Siloso Skywalk
View of the Southern Islands of Singapore i.e. Pulau Tekukur, St John’s Island, Sisters’ Island, the Singapore Strait, Pulau Sebarok, Pulau Bukom, Pulau Semakau. The guide will engage participants and explained the past and present use of some of these islands.
Singapore During WW2
Highlight significant exhibits – Fall of Singapore, Keeping Singapore Safe, Prisoners of War, The Occupation Years, Special Ops Force 136 (Major General Lim Bo Seng is commemorated through a monument erected at Esplanade Park).
Garden of Wartime Staples
Today, we have ready access to a myriad of food choices. But without the lessons learned and the spirit of survival from the war, we would not be as well-off as we are today. Learn about how people ate during the war due to scarcity of staples such as rice, oil, sugar, salt. Learn about different spices and herbs and how these were used to flavor the staple tapioca and sweet potato dishes.
Life of A Soldier
Fort Siloso was manned by soldiers from the British Royal Artillery and the Singapore Artillery Corps. Some of the amenities for soldiers to live and work at the fort were barracks, mess, bungalows, and underground complex.
An immersive show that uses light, sound, and video to guide participants through the Japanese Occupation, the Allied forces counter-attack, and the end of the war through 7 zones. The highlight of the chamber is the waxwork that shows the formal Japanese surrender to the British in 1945.