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  1. SINGAPORE SURRENDERS

  2. The British made the momentous decision
    to surrender Singapore to the Japanese
    on 15 February 1942 in the Battlebox,
    an underground command centre in
    Fort Canning Hill, Singapore.

  3. The surrender marked the start of
    the end of the British Empire,
    and the start of the darkest chapter
    in Singapore’s modern history.

THE WAR BULLETIN

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VISITOR INFORMATION

Please note: Entrance into the Battlebox is through guided tours only.

TICKETING DETAILS

THE BATTLEBOX TOUR
A Story of Strategy
& Surrender ™ (1 hour)

Adult: S$18
Child (7 – 12 years): S$9


Timings (Mondays, including public holidays):

1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.00pm


Timings (Tuesdays to Sundays, including public holidays):

9.45am, 11.00am,
1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.00pm




OF GRAVES, GUNS & BATTLES
A Tour of Battlebox
& Fort Canning Hill ™ (2 ½ hours)

Adult: S$32
Child (7 – 12 years): S$15


Timings (Every Monday and Thursday, no tours on public holidays):

2.00pm




HOW TO GET TICKETS:

Get your tickets at the Battlebox Visitor Centre and gather there on time to begin your tour. For group tours, school visits and other tour requests, please email us at enquiry@battlebox.com.sg




SCHOOL PROGRAMMES

Please email us at enquiry@battlebox.com.sg

LOCATION

Get your tickets for the Battlebox at the Battlebox Visitor Centre


Address:

2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622
(Fort Canning Park)


Telephone number:

+65 6338 6133


Email:

enquiry@battlebox.com.sg


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HOW TO GET HERE

  1. Alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, Exit B.
  2. Climb the stairs on the left side of Park Mall. From the stairs, you can see the Fort Canning Tunnel entrance to your left.
  3. At the top of the stairs is Fort Canning Road and a pair of traffic lights. Cross the road, turn left and walk up the pavement (Canning Walk).
  4. Climb another flights of stairs from Canning Walk to Percival Road.
  5. There is a roundabout at the top, next to the Hotel Fort Canning. The Battlebox Visitor Centre is in front of the roundabout.

OPENING HOURS
(Battlebox Visitor Centre)

9.30am - 5.30pm
(including public holidays)



▴ Entrance of the Battlebox Visitor Centre


▴ Entrance of the Battlebox




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THE BATTLEBOX STORY

  1. Introduction

    The story of the Battlebox is intertwined with the story of Fort Canning Hill. Today, Fort Canning Hill, a 60m-tall hill in the heart of Singapore City, is known for its lush greenery and Heritage Trees. But it also has a long and rich history going back 700 years.

    Join our tour – Of Graves, Guns & Battles: A Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill™ – to find out all about this history.

  2. 1300s - Bukit Larangan

    In the 14th century, Malay kings constructed their palaces atop this hill as they could be better defended in times of enemy attacks. The hill commanded a good view of the surrounding land and sea. At the time, the hill was known as Bukit Larangan, Malay for “Forbidden Hill” – commoners were forbidden from ascending it.

  3. 1819 - Government Hill

    The British arrive and set up a port. Because of its ideal location, Bukit Larangan is chosen as the site of the Governor’s house. Hence, Bukit Larangan is renamed Government Hill.

  4. 1861 - Fort Canning

    For defence purposes, the British build an artillery fort on Government Hill. This fort is named Fort Canning, giving the hill its present name.

  5. 1926 - Malaya Command headquarters

    With the construction of more forts along the southern coastline of Singapore, Fort Canning becomes redundant and is demolished in 1926. The British immediately replace it with new command headquarters and barracks. The headquarters are for Malaya Command, the army coordinating the defence of British Malaya and Singapore.

  6. 1936 - A bunker is built

    As war loomed in the 1930s, the British decide to construct an underground command centre under Fort Canning Hill to serve Malaya Command. This top-secret, self-sufficient, bombproof bunker is completed sometime between 1936 and 1941.

  7. 1 September 1939 - War breaks out

    Nazi Germany invade Poland, leaving Britain little choice but to declare war on Germany, heralding the start of the Second World War in Europe.

  8. June 1940 - Britain, the last man standing

    France and the Low Countries fall to Nazi Germany, leaving Britain the sole major power opposing Germany in western Europe. Britain is forced to dedicate most of its resources to protecting its home islands, leaving precious little to defend its overseas colonies – including Singapore.

  9. 8 December 1941 - Japan invades Malaya

    Imperial Japan invade Malaya. In just two months, superior Japanese forces, led by Lieutenant-General Tomoyuki Yamashita, push the Allies out of Malaya and back to Singapore Island.

  10. 8 February 1942 - Japan invades Singapore

    From neighbouring Johor, the Japanese invade “Fortress Singapore”. After a few days, Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival, General Officer Commanding of Malaya Command, moves his command into the Fort Canning bunker, known as the "Battlebox".

  11. 15 February 1942 - Surrender

    It is in the Battlebox that Lieutenant-General Percival makes the decision to surrender Singapore and an army of 120,000 men to the Japanese. It is Britain's largest capitulation in its military history.

    Join our tour – The Battlebox Tour: A Story of Strategy & Surrender™ – to find out what led to Percival's fateful decision to surrender, and visit the bunker in which the decision was made.

  12. 1945 - The bunker is sealed

    The Japanese surrender on 15 August, bringing the Second World War to a close. After the Japanese surrender, and before the British return to Singapore, civilians loot the Battlebox. Instead of resuming operations in it, the British decide to seal the bunker. Subsequently, the Battlebox is forgotten for decades.

  13. 1988 - The Battlebox, rediscovered

    Intrepid Straits Times journalist Romen Bose “rediscovers” the Battlebox through an exposé published in the broadsheet. Thereafter, the Battlebox is refurbished and reopened as a tourist attraction.

  14. 2012 - A second closure

    The Battlebox, as a tourist attraction, closes.

  15. August 2015 - A new Visitor Centre

    Singapore History Consultants opens the Battlebox Visitor Centre, the gateway to 700 years of history on Fort Canning Hill.

  16. February 2016 - A new beginning

    The Battlebox finally reopens to the public. Singapore History Consultants will do its best to preserve this national treasure for future generations.

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BATTLE FOR SINGAPORE 2016

The Battle for Singapore 2016 will commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Through a series of activities such as World War II guided tours, Museum Roundtable special programmes and public talks, participants will learn more about historical significance of World War II sites such as Adam Park, Mount Imbiah and the Pasir Panjang Ridge, where many fierce battles against the Japanese forces took place as well as stories of Singaporeans’ experience and resilience in the face of adversity.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW PROGRAMME

SINGAPORE HISTORY CONSULTANTS


The Battlebox and the Battlebox Visitor Centre are managed and run by the Singapore History Consultants, a Singapore-based heritage and research consultancy.


WWW.SHC.COM.SG

JOURNEYS PRIVATE LIMITED


Journeys Private Limited is an award-winning travel company with special expertise in heritage tours.


WWW.JOURNEYS.COM.SG

THE CHANGI MUSEUM


The Changi Museum is dedicated to all who lived and died in Singapore, in particular the Changi area, during the dark years of World War II. It is also an educational institution and resource centre


WWW.CHANGIMUSEUM.SG

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