Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Bukit Chandu means Opium Hill in Malay, probably named after a British owned opium packing plant in 1910.

Soon after Stamford Raffles established Singapore as a trading post for the East India Company, one of his concerns was the defence against Dutch attacks. By mid 19th century, Raffles’ plan for a series of artillery forts was realised by construction of gun batteries stretching from Katong to Fort Canning. By 1941, British commanders calculated that a Japanese attack was more likely to come from the Malay Peninsula. It was in the vicinity of 31K Pepys Road that the last major battle for Singapore was fought.

Supported by the guns of Labrador and Siloso, which had turned from facing seawards to fire inland. Soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Battalion Malay Regiment defended the west coast and Pasir Panjang area from 10th to 14th February 1942. The British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese on the next day. 60 years later, #1K Pepys Road at Bukit Chandu, the last surviving black and white colonial bungalow was developed into a World War II interpretative centre housed to commemorate the sacrifice, gallantry and heroism of these men.

The last battle and the people involved in it are captured vividly in this beautiful, peaceful and dignified museum. Reflections at Bukit Chandu is not that well known in Singapore as it’s  not publicised much, but it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area for some interesting and interactive history lessons about the battle of Singapore. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk around the museum.

Reflections at Bukit Chandu is located at 31-K Pepys Road S(118458) and is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5.30pm, closed on Mondays (Except on Public Holidays). Admission is free for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, and $2 for tourists and foreigners.

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