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“Memories and reflections”

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies
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Ranked #80 of 867 things to do in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

This is the place where the surrender of Singapore was formally executed and it now houses a museum of the occupation. The room where the surrender deed was formally executed has been preserved; there is replica furniture because the originals are in a museum in Canberra. Having seen the rows of Anzac graves in Kanchanaburi, we didn't subscribe to the view they should hand it back. Even more fascinating were exhibits on daily life; the Japanese wished to impose their culture and there are school books and even money in Japanese script but unique to Singapore. It's a way out of town, so worth sharing a taxi (it's up near the causeway and the zoo). Very well worth the effort and expense (the museum itself is very cheap but getting there will cost a bit).

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

The museum tells the story of the Japanese occupation during WW2 and is, as you'd expect, quite sobering. There are lots of exhibits and plenty to read as you go round. There are also some videos shown throughout the day - the staff came round to tell us when they were starting.

It's a very dark part of the history of the Island but it gives you an insight into how it came to be what it is.

Take bus 170 from the city centre and get off at the stop called "Aft Old Jurong Rd". If you miss it, though, it's only a short walk back from the next stop.

Alternatively (and probably much quicker at busy periods) take the MRT to Clementi and then transfer to bus 184 to the museum.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Take a bus to Upper Bukit Timah Road. The buses passing here are service number 67, 170, 171 and 178. Alight at the old Ford Factory near the MediaCorp Transmitting Centre. Ascend a flight of steps to get to the museum on the top of the hill. Entry is free for Singapore citizens. Photography is allowed in the museum.
The museum shows the statues of the Japanese soldiers and the currency used during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. The local residents subsisted on tapioca and sweet potatoes during the war years. When the British retook Singapore, the Japanese surrendered and peace returned to Singapore. Later Singapore joined Malaysia and in 1965 Singapore became an independent nation. Lee Kuan Yew was the first Prime Minister.

3  Thank CowSense
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

The fall of Singapore is considered one of the greatest defeats of the British Army in its history, no thanks to the complacency of the British, and the ingenuity, speed and savagery of the Japanese. Even though the Japanese army was outnumbered 3 to 1 by the British and Allied Forces, Singapore was lost to the Japanese in the Battle of Singapore in just a little over a week.

Memories at Old Ford Factory is a fairly small museum, with a big role however of commemorating the historic surrender by the British Lt.Gen. to the Japanese Lt Gen. The old Ford Factory site, and even the boardroom where the surrender took place, has been preserved. The museum is also filled with artifacts and information about the war.

You can read my blog post on my recent visit:

1  Thank MBev
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

This museum collects the history of Singapore when it was under Imperial Japanese occupation. It presents brutal acts by Japanese soldiers, and the the devastating country and economy. As a Japanese citizen living in Singapore, this is probably the most worth visiting to understand the history. The manager(?) helped us enjoy there was extra worried about showing the contents especially the 30min video show. I appreciated but we need to learn the history.

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