Hidden behind lock and key lies a 1942 British bunker where explosives were stored. Back then, carts on a railway track would send ammunition into the underground bomb-proof facility.
About the size of two five-room flats, the Attap Valley Bunker is the last surviving bunker from the Armament Depot of the British Naval Base. This bunker was formerly known as Magazine No. 4 and it was originally part of a network of seven underground bomb proof stores in the area built by the British to store weapons and ammunition.
The bunker is part of six others that used to dot Talbot’s Hill in Woodlands. It is nestled in a dense forest that comes with a clear coastal view of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The ammunition supported the British Naval Base’s operations nearby. The historic site was later used by the Japanese to store their own ammunition which included anti-aircraft weapons and rifles.The bunker lies behind two large steel doors and a pool of water where small fishes dwell, has to be crossed first before one can get to the the dim facility.
The site was handed over to the Ministry of Defence in 1971. The ministry called it the Sembawang Ammunition Depot and gave it a fresh coat of paint. It was decommissioned in 2002 and both the bunker and the land were returned to the state.
Images courtesy of Straits Times.