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“A Memorial and Grave Site”

Civilian War Memorial
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Battle of Singapore in World War II Full-Day Shared Tour
Ranked #139 of 809 things to do in Singapore
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Hamilton, Canada
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“A Memorial and Grave Site”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The Civilian War Memorial is a monument dedicated to civilians who perished during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore (1942-1945). Most people will look at the memorial and realize that it is an interesting piece of architecture set in a park. The casual tourist may stop, take a picture, and just keep going. Many do not realize that the monument is built on a burial chamber which contains ashes of thousands of unknown civilians exhumed from mass graves of civilians that were killed during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War 2. This memorial provides an opportunity to stop and reflect on what happened to the people living in this city in a time of war. It is more than a memorial, it is the resting place for many civilians killed in the war.

Visited November 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Memorable”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

This war memorial has been designed with lots of thought and planning. It is across the road from the Swissotel The Stamford and tells a lot of stories of fallen soldiers and civilians from the Second World War. Quite an amazing piece of architecture.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Very dignified”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Not much to see but worth stopping off if you are in the area to pay respects. A very dignified memorial to the thousands that were murdered and many more that we're mistreated.

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New York City, New York
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“Chopsticks indeed”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

No disrespect meant to the civilian victims of the fall of Singapore it's dedicated to, but this place is deserted, save for the silly tourist (yours truly) walking around and snapping pictures.

Perhaps its intended to be to be a solemn place for remembrance I guess.

Side note: There's an oriental looking urn ringed with lion's faces in between the pillars that you won't see unless you walk up close- I missed the inscription what it was for. Aside from that, there's nothing else to see. Just pause for a few moments to pay your respects, then head off to the Raffles Hotel Museum close by.

Visited October 2012
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“War Memorial”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

This is close to Padang and City Hall. It was built as a memorial to civilians killed in WWII. You can just walk past it and see it.

Visited September 2012
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