The last thing to do on our list is to visit Fort Siloso, which is right next door to the hotel. Fort Siloso was built in the 1890’s as part of a ring of British fortresses guarding Singapore harbour, Fort Siloso being the sole surviving coastal fort. Over 100 years old, it has been restored to its former glory and now proudly sees service as an authenitic period setting for World War II history. It also houses Asia’s largest collection of World War II memorabilia.
The tour starts off with a bus ride to the top of the hill where we were given a little overview of the fort and what to see first. The proposed route didn’t make sense to us at first, but with the humidity of the day, it ended up being a good route to follow because it meant most of the outside viewing was done upfront. There were replica cannons and guns and life size vignettes capturing the sights and sounds of the era. There were underground tunnels to explore and multimedia displays to tell the story. It was so humid though, it was such a relief to head indoors to the displays where the rooms were air conditioned. I can only imagine what life would have been like here for the troups manning the fort back in the day, it would have been unbearable.
It was an extremely interesting and well created display and well worth the minimal S$8 fee to get in. I hadn’t realised that Singapore had played such an important part in the war until a trip to Singapore a few years ago, where I visited Changi Chapel and Prison and then read some books on the subject, so I have wanted to visit the fort since then and it was great to put the whole story together. Fort Siloso is definitely a must see attraction if you are interested in history or perhaps have relatives that were involved in World War II. Another interesting part of this history is located at Memories at the Old Ford Factory in Upper Bukit Timah Road, where Lieutenant General Arthur Percival surrendered to the Japanese upon the Fall of Singapore in 1942. It would have been good to visit also, but that will have to wait until a future visit.
Absolutely soaked in sweat, it’s time to head back to the hotel to freshen up and pack for our departure this afternoon. After a room service lunch (the first room service Mum has ever had I learnt!), a last cocktail at the Bubble Bar, and with our suitcases filled to the brim, it’s back to reality…until August when I’m back in Singapore for five nights on an all girls trip.