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“Highly emotional and educational visit - good for the soul”
Review of The Changi Museum

The Changi Museum
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Changi WWII War Trail and Museum Tour
Ranked #18 of 809 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.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Highly emotional and educational visit - good for the soul”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

Had the opportunity to pay respects to the 'uncle I never knew' who died at sea after two years in Changi as a guest of the Japanese. The guide who takes you around the museum has such depth of knowledge about the battle for Singapore, the superb military tactics of the invaders and the sheer scale of the defeat for Percival and his defenders, but this does not distract you from the sheer depth of brutality of the guards and the amazing strength and stamina of the allied troops imprisoned there - an amazing story of the strength and victory, ultimately, of good over evil. We were close to tears at many stages of the guided visit.

Visited April 2014
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Wexford, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A stroll in the afternoon.”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

Took a stroll on the promenade and it was beautiful. The weather was very hot so we were glad of the outdoor seating to take a rest.

Visited February 2014
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Perth western australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“small but interesting”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

I found this place very interesting with a good insight into how the war impacted singapore. well worth a visit with one of the tours.

Visited January 2014
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Cape Paterson, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Didn't know what to expect”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

But found this museum tastefully done. It packs a lot of information into the space allotted without falling into the trap of feeling cluttered. Just like so many other museums in Singapore (such as the Images of Singapore) the place is well thought out and spotlessly clean and done in a nice way.

Basically it is easy to pick up a tour that includes this (mine was with Viator) and you should be able to amble around it within an hour or so. There is a shop selling a range of books and not the usual sort of tacky souvenirs (a nice touch that) and some light refreshments were available.

The chapel itself is a small affair and a nice enough place to sit and ponder if that is your wont.

An attraction mainly of interest to UK, Australian, Indian/Pakistan and New Zealanders perhaps and then more generally to the armchair military historian. An excellent book on the subject of the fall of Singapore in WW2 is Singapore Burning. It doesn't actually cover the actual plight of the POW's but gives a great account of the Malaysian/Singapore campaign.

Visited November 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very reverent place”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

A taxi is the easiest way to get there. $20 to $25 SGD. Some will wait for you if you want for a fee. We got a trip back with a taxi dropping others off, but if that hadn't happened, the #2 bus comes right back into town from out the front of the Museum. The Chapel and Museum are small but capture the history very well, You can walk alone, Audio tour or guided tour. It is free, you can leave a donation and a poppy at the chapel.

Visited April 2014
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