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Battlebox

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2 Cox Terrace, Singapore, 179622

The Basics

While the Battlebox Visitor Center is open to all, most travelers join an hour-long historical tour down into the Battlebox to view the simple lair. Follow a guide through an unassuming green metal door built into the side of Fort Canning Hill and down a cement staircase into the subterranean command center to see wax army figures huddled around and contemplating military maps, reading orders in the command rooms, and relaying messages in the signal room and cipher office. Though most of the original furniture and military equipment were looted after the war, informative guides make the space come alive with detailed stories and insight about relics from the era, such as the Japanese Morse code etched into bunker walls.

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Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
$15.40 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Surrender of Singapore
I would recommend all post war Singaporeans visit this historical place; learn how about the pre-colonial days; how the British had to surrender to the Japanese - would be one of the most humiliating moments of British history & later see the defeat of the Japanese. Time you visit with a visit to the many gardens surrounding the hills & drop by the Fort Canning hotel for refreshment. An afternoon well spent!
Terry_Y, May 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Singapore

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A must while in Singapore
AngS57, Dec 2019
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
We spent just 2 days in Singapore and the Battlebox Tour was recommended to us. So glad we went! Shaun was a wonderful tour guide. We learnt so much about this significant time in history. The tour underground was in a comfortable temperature. We had enough time to spend in each area, and also were shown videos sitting in a screen room. Shaun's commentary was clear, fascinating and at times moving. Suitable for all adults and school aged children.
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A must see
kerrynspugh, Jul 2019
Singapore Battlebox and Fort Canning Hill Tour
Our guide, Joanne, was knowledgeable and friendly. The tour of the Battlebox I found to be very emotional and thought provoking. The history behind Fort Canning very informative.
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Singapore Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill Tour
Judith_L, Jun 2019
Singapore Battlebox and Fort Canning Hill Tour
Our tour guide Wina was excellent. We learnt the 700 year history of Singapore. The Battlebox was great unfortunately we couldn't take photos. Well worth the visit.
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Informative
Cathy, Mar 2020
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
An excellent overview of Singapore during the war years presented in various riom in the Battkebox. Our guide was clear and informative!
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Battlebox
Andrew_T, Feb 2020
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
Well presented by the tour guide, informative and thought provoking . Well organised, didn’t mind the temperature taking at all.
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A fascination lesson on Singapores war history
Peter19552015, Aug 2019
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
This short 75 minute tour demonstrated and clarified the events that led up to the fall of Singapore during WW2. The Battlebox tour took us underground into a laberynth of rooms that was the British headquarters/ war command centre. This is a small group tour and our guide Joanna was informative. A great experience.
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Battlebox Singapore
Stay743322, Dec 2019
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
Excellent presentation - gave us a whole new perspective of what the real issues were - strongly recommended
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Travel back in time and be amazed
Paradise37384949807, Jan 2019
Singapore Battlebox and Fort Canning Hill Tour
Wasn't sure what to expect from this tour other than learning about the recent history of Singapore.The tour started at the Battlebox visitors centre where we were given a bottle of cold water (you will need it). We set off and walked to explore Fort Canning, thankfully we had a fine day as a lot of the tour was out doors.We were surprised about how old Singapore was and the history around it. There are lot's of great photo opportunities.We spend a little over 1.5 hours in and around Fort Canning. The last hour or so was exploring the Battlebox. This was not only interesting from the size of the complex but what happened within it.Our tour guide (Whi Whi) was very informative and answered everyone's questions.We would recommend this tour to anyone that love history but recent and ancient
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Battle Box Tour
Stephen_F, Sep 2019
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
The guide was very informative. Well worth doing to get a good understanding of the Fall of Singapore
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Very informative
Jeffrey_O, Aug 2019
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
I did not know much about the history of this region during WW2 but felt like I left with a great understanding of the war and the causes leading up to the British surrender. Our guide was fantastic, speaking clearly and with enthusiasm. There are several short videos in different rooms to also give you some visuals from the time. If you're a history fan, or just want to learn more about the history that helped shape Singapore, this is a great tour!
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Worthwhile, informative
Chris_B, Jul 2019
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
We took two of our grandkids to this exhibit and they were totally absorbed - very well curated and presented - very informative - our guide was excellent.
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Battlebox Tour
SUZANNE_F, Jul 2019
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
Very informative and interesting. Gave insight in to the events leading up to the fall of Singapore.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The underground Battlebox is only accessible via guided tour.

  • Photography and note taking are not allowed inside the Battlebox.

  • Most tours start and end at the air-conditioned Battlebox Visitor Center, which is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm and can provide a nice respite on hot days.

  • Restaurants and restrooms can be found at the nearby Fort Canning Centre.

  • While tour content is meant for mature audience, tours do not feature any disturbing images and children are welcome.

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How to get to Battlebox

Tucked into Fort Canning Park, near where the Singapore River meets the Straits of Malacca, Battlebox is most easily accessed by taxi or free Singapore Tourism Board shuttles that run a loop around museums in the Central Business District. Ask to be dropped off at the roundabout at the entrance to Hotel Fort Canning (the Battlebox Visitor Center is just beyond the roundabout). The site can also be accessed by public transit; it’s a short walk and two sets of staircases up from the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station’s Exit B to Park Mall.

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When to Get There

Battlebox is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm with three tours on Mondays (at 1:30, 2:45, and 4pm) and five tours all other days of the week (at 9:45, 11am, 1:30, 2:45, and 4pm). The longer, two-hour “Of Graves, Guns, and Battles” tour costs a bit more and runs Mondays and Thursdays at 2pm. It’s best to reserve tour tickets in advance if planning to visit on a weekend or public holiday.

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More Historic Sites in Fort Canning Park

There’s more to Fort Canning Park than just the Battlebox — some tours couple a visit with stops at other historic remnants via the Colonial History Walking Trail. See graves of early European settlers, an experimental spice grove planted with nutmeg and clove, and the crumbling traces of an ancient Malay kingdom. For a broad picture of British military history in Singapore, swing by the Fort Gate, Fort Wall, and the nine-pound cannon, which protected Singapore from naval invasions in the late 19th century.

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