Kranji War Memorial
Surrounding it are acres worth of gravestones, standing as homage to all those fallen warriors of the commonwealth. Every year, on the Sunday closest to November 11, a memorial service is held here.
Indian National Army Monument
Towards the end of the war in 1945, just when the Japanese had surrendered, freedom fighter and army leader Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose set up the commemorative monument in Esplanade. Although the memorial was later demolished by British forces, parts of it still remain as one of the most prominent Singapore historical sights.
The Civilian War Memorial
Four identical pillars stand tall in unity, symbolic of the four main ethnicities that were persecuted during the war- Eurasian, Indian, Malay and Chinese. Beneath the Memorial is a chamber containing the exhumed remains of civilians gathered from mass graves across the country.
National Museum of Singapore
The permanent exhibits here- Singapore Gallery and Life in Singapore- detail the history of the city in paintings and other historical artefacts. The Museum also conducts a host of events throughout the year, from art installations and festivals to film screenings and performances. A selection of cafes and restaurants add to the experience here.
The impressive domes are decorated with glass bottle ends at the bottom, all contributed by lower income Muslims, stressing on the inclusive nature of the monument. During the month of Ramadan, the night markets around the Mosque all come to life, and can be quite fun to explore.
The Battle Box
One of the most popular tourist historical places in Singapore, the Battle Box offers special guided tours on a daily basis. Visitors get to explore the underground rooms and corridors here, kept intact since its initial days. Several items and artefacts used by the Singapore Army are kept on display here as well.
Mint Museum of Toys
The Museum is divided into four zones- Outer Space, Characters, Collectibles and Childhood favorites, each one stocking its own set of wonders. Attractions at the Museum include the first Alice in Wonderland toy owned by Alice Liddell, the only known complete batman robot toy and a century old Steiff Teddy Bear. The Museum also conducts seasonally themed exhibitions where they unbox newer toys collected from across the globe.
An interactive video documentary sheds light on the Fort’s history, while wax figures showcase the surrender of the Japanese and British soldiers in the Surrender Chamber.
National Gallery Singapore
Visitors can also avail guided tours, lectures and artist talks to gain a deeper insight. The Museum also houses the country’s first art education centre, where families and students get to immerse themselves in a dynamic range of creative activities.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Later, during the war era, the temple had transformed into a shelter for all war refugees who sought the protection of the Goddess here. One of the most spectacular historical places in Singapore, the temple is known for its elaborate carvings, its towering gopurams and the superior sculptures that adorn its walls.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
The temple is remarkable in its traditional Chinese designs, with its wall adorned with elaborate motifs of dragons and fishes. The roof ridges, designed with broken porcelain pieces, add to the charm of the place.
Former Ford Factory
The Factory details the harrowing events of the past through three intertwined narratives- the Japanese atrocities, the defenses of the British and the suffering of civilians. A display of personal items and oral recordings stand testament to the authenticity of the exhibition. Visitors would also get the unique opportunity to walk into the boardroom where the surrender officially took place.
Asian Civilizations Museum
The Museum also conducts several interactive programmers, like the annual Rivers Night, for visitors to better connect and interact with the cultural art.
House of Tan Teng Niah
It is not the house’s history that makes it popular, however, but its sheer vibrancy. Painted in a splatter of bright yellow, orange, blue, green and red, the quirky beauty of Tan Teng Niah outshines its neighboring buildings, making it one of the most beautiful historical places in Singapore.
For years thereafter, the performance halls at the Majestic were filled with traditional Cantonese performances bringing their culture to life. Today, the Majestic is a thriving shopping mall. Apart from its many retail outlets, the building is known for its fantastic architectural styles, blending Cantonese designs with Western ones.
Central Defense Heritage Gallery
Housed within the Central Fire Station in Singapore, the Central Defense Heritage Gallery details the history of firefighting in the country. With displays of antique fire engines and equipment, the Museum exhibits showcase the evolution of firefighting from the 19th century till the present age.
Several interactive stations offer a clear insight into what the firefighters go through when tackling a fire. There are also several guided tours up the Station’s hose tower, which was the highest point in Singapore up to the 1920’s.
NUS Baba House
The first two floors at the Baba House are stocked with a number of traditional Peranakan antiques and decorative items, while the third floor conducts regular exhibitions with Peranakan themes. The Museum also conducts heritage tours on previous appointments.
Location: 157 Neil Road, Singapore 088883
Now a fully functioning Museum, the Changi Prison details its oppressive history through remnants of texts, photos, documents and parts of the original prison. The prison is divided into zones marked chronologically, like ““unprepared surrender”, “the occupation begins' ', “living under the Japanese flag”, and so on. The Museum doubles up as an art gallery as well, displaying paintings, murals and quilts that relate to Changi history.
Location: 982 Upper Changi Rd N, Singapore 507709
Istana Kampong Gelam
Now, it serves as a splendid museum with interactive exhibits that detail the country’s past. Five permanent galleries stand testament to its Malay heritage through paintings, pictures and sculptures. In 2015, the Museum was also declared a national monument.
Location: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
St Andrew's Cathedral
Three stained glass windows on Church apse pay tribute to three figures in the city’s colonial history that helped the Church come into existence. The Church is now a declared National Monument, and is regarded as one of the most important Singapore historical sites.
Location: 11 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178959