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The Changi Museum
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Changi WWII War Trail and Museum Tour
Ranked #17 of 796 things to do in Singapore
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum honors POWs who endured the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II. Their stories are told with an impressive collection of personal artifacts and news coverage. A British internee returned to the museum decades after the war to recreate the murals he’d painted on the walls of the original chapel – a moving insight into how those held prisoner found hope and comfort in any way possible.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Like Kranji war cemetery and the Battle Box, et al, this is an educational and historical reminder of the folly of war.

Visited April 2012
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“Moving experience and well presented”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

Yes I am Australian so Changi has always been a place I wanted to visit. It is not the original but that doesn't really matter as it has still captured the horror, bravery, friendship, sufferings and emotions experienced during the Japanese occupation. Strongly recommend you get the audio tour and then take your time (probably take 2-3 hours) and work your way through the exhibits. It is only a smallish museum but size does not detract from the amazing stories of survival. Take time to sit in the chapel and reflect on the human cost of war.

Visited March 2013
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“Moving visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We spent a morning at the Changi Chapel and Museum, and walked through using the audio guide. It was a moving visit for us. Two days earlier we had been at the National Museum, and found this to be a more complete look at the aspect of the Japanese occupation and life for those in detention. The chapel murals were beautiful and we appreciated the look at the spiritual side of living under such oppression. We took bus 2 from Tanah Merah MRT station. The website has a map in English that helped us figure out where to get off. If you're not familiar with traveling by bus, be sure to let the driver know where you want to get off.

Visited March 2013
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“It may be a replica, but what a place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Why do people glorify war? The question cannot be answered sanely. But, pacifist or not, everyone needs to be jolted into the horrific and inhuman reality of it. The Changi Museum and Chapel is worth at least two hours of solemn listening, looking and learning.
It contains a sobering collection of artefacts, materials and pictures of the daily lives of the Prisoners of War. It covers the atrocities of war. It shows much about life, and death, not just of the POWs but those thousands of Singaporeans who were just rounded up and executed.
The religious symbolism is strong and makes those of use of no religious belief appreciate the strength that the images and practices of faith brought to those who suffered. Of course, it did not explain or answer anything, but amidst the cruelties of war, you grasp what hope you can.
Videos, audio visuals, letters, artifacts, replicas, murals: truly sobering.

Visited December 2012
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“A valuable historical remnder”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

The museum brought home the events and sufferings of the people of Singapore during WWII and remind us of the horrific human potential for cruelty

Visited March 2013
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