Reflections at Bukit Chandu: A Solemn Reminder

Situated upon Bukit Chandu, off Pasir Panjang Road, is a little black and white bungalow with a tiny manicured lawn and fish pond. More than 60 years ago, this was one of the sites where 1,400 soldiers from the Malay Regiment stood against a 13,000-strong Japanese army in the fall of Singapore, in 1942.

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Reflections at Bukit Chandu allows visits to embark on a sensory journey to learn more and experience what it was like in the final hours before the British surrender. On display, you’ll see rifles and machine guns that were used. Through recorded interviews you’ll hear and read about the heroes that fought fiercely and stood with loyalty.

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In History books, children in Singapore learn about the Japanese soldiers who advanced into Singapore on bicycles while all canons pointed out to sea, the British thinking that there would be a naval attack. Seeing the actual bicycles and watching the video footage is something that you’ll get to experience at this museum.

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You’ll get to witness the Battle of Pasir Panjang as told by a Corporal from the Malay Regiment.There’s a theatre in which you’ll be in darkness and hear all the sounds of war like gunfire and bombs, and people shouting. The pictures, the drawings, the sounds…. It can get a little too much. It wasn’t a big place, but it held so much history. After your visit, you’ll probably to walk around the surroundings a little to appreciate life and count your blessings.

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We went to this place not quite knowing what to expect, but emerged a whole lot more knowledgeable of the event that occurred. This is an extremely interesting place for an adult; children should be at least of school going age to fully appreciate this place. There are no children facilities around, and because of the strong nature of the content, I would strongly advise against bringing very young children to this.

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Reflections at Bukit Chandu is located at 31K Pepys Road Singapore 118458. Tel: 6375 2510. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 5.30pm (closed on Mondays). Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs, and foreign visitors pay $2 for adults and $1 for students and seniors.

There is a small parking lot available for those who drive. Via public transport, the closest MRT station is Pasir Panjang (or you can take 10, 30, 143 or 188 from Harbourfront MRT station). Cross the road and walk into Pepys Road. There is only one way up and the hill can be quite steep so make sure you wear good shoes. Be prepared to walk up for at least 20 minutes.

There are no food options, and if you’re not too excited about what you find at the foot of the hill, take a bus back to Seah Im Hawker Centre, opposite Vivocity, for good ole hawker food.

 

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