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“Do not forget The Old Ford Factory whilst in Singapore”

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies
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Private Tour: World War II Introduction on Singapore
Ranked #115 of 863 things to do in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is a great museum and very unexpected, like Bukit Chandu this is not on the main tourist trail unless you have a special interest in the World War 2. If you are however interested in the role Singapore played during 1942-45 then you must visit this historical and worthwhile museum.

The Old Ford Factory is situated out of the city near Bukit Timah, it isn’t particularly close to any MTR stations although the nearest stations to it are (Bukit Batik, Choa Chu Kang and Clementi) from there take a local bus (67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 178, 184, 961). Alternatively a much quicker and still reasonable way to get to the museum is by local taxi, which takes approximately 25 minutes and costs approximately $20.00. The Old Ford Factory is open from 9.00am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12.00-5.30pm on Sundays. The cost is $3.00 per adult and free for citizens and PR’s. You are allowed to take photographs inside.

The museum is housed in the original Ford Factory, which started life as an American car manufacturer for Ford Motors, this was soon taken over by the British and housed military artillery until it was taken over by the Japanese during the dark years of Occupation between 1942-45. The former car factory was the actual site where the British signed the surrender document, allowing the Japanese to rule Singapore.

Here at the factory you will receive a warm welcome from Mr Leung Keng Hong who is at the front of house and very keen and enthusiastic for you to make the most of your visit. Make sure you begin your visit with the 25 minute film which gives you a brief but comprehensive background to the Japanese Occupation. From there head on into the compact, but informative and very visual museum. There is lots of information from newspaper cuttings, first hand audio accounts, photos and relics to read and look at. The museum will probably take about 1-2hours including the film to fully enjoy.

Once you have finished your time at the Old Ford Factory, the museum will kindly call you a taxi back to the city should you require one.

I recommend combining this trip with a visit to The Changi Museum, Bukit Chandu and The Kranji Memorial to give you an all rounded view on the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, the struggles this island faced and the dark years that followed 1942. This shouldn’t be missed whilst in Singapore in order to understand where the country has come from, it's history and how far it has come today.

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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.

1  Thank Scot_On_Tour_10
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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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