Historic sites in Singapore

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Singapore and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Singapore and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Singapore you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Working alongside our partners at First Stop Singapore, our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Singapore, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

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Changi Museum

Changi Prison was used by the Japanese to intern prisoners of war during World War II.

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The Changi Museum in east Singapore is dedicated to remembering the events surrounding the Japanese occupation of Singapore and specifically the lives and experiences of the thousands of civilian and Allied prisoners of war who were held in the Changi prison camp area.

The museum contains a number of different exhibits including an area holding replicas of the famous Changi murals - painted by British POW Stanley Warren during his time in captivity.

Other sections of the Changi Museum focus on the early days of the war, personal possessions donated by the POWs themselves and a selection of other artwork produced by the prisoners. There is also an area devoted specifically to the infamous Changi Prison itself, including an original piece of the prison wall as well as an original cell door. A final exhibition at Changi Museum focuses on the end of the war as well as the many stories of bravery, survival and heroism which were documented during the occupation.

Conditions at Changi during the war were said to be horrendous and the prisoners' experiences were often depicted in murals, sketches and even immortalised in a book by novelist, James Clavell.

As well as the many exhibitions, the Changi Chapel can be found at the Changi Museum and allows visitors to light a candle to remember those who were held at Changi during the war.

Overall, Changi Museum offers a very moving insight into the lives of the prisoners and serves as both a place of remembrance and education.

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Kranji War Cemetery

Kranji War Cemetery is a veterans’ cemetery and the burial place of two of Singapore’s presidents.

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Kranji War Cemetery was founded as a hospital burial place during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II. Following the war, it became a veterans’ cemetery and today Kranji War Cemetery in the northern Singapore region of Kranji is home to 4,458 marked graves.

These graves belong to the service men and women who fought for Singapore’s freedom in World War II, of which almost nine hundred are unidentified. Kranji War Cemetery is also home to 64 World War I graves, many of which were actually moved to Kranji War Cemetery at a later date. For example, three of the World War I memorials are for soldiers who were buried in Singapore and Saigon, but whose grave have never been found.

Kranji War Cemetery is also the resting place of some of Singapore’s presidents including its first two presidents, Inche Yusuf bin Ishak and Benjamin Henry Sheares. Kranji War Cemetery sits beside the Kranji War Memorial, dedicated to those who fought for Singapore in World War II.

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Kranji War Memorial

Kranji War Memorial is a monument commemorating soldiers who died in World War II.

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Kranji War Memorial (Tanah Perkuburan Perang Kranji) is a monument in the northern Singapore region of Kranji in honour of the men and women who lost their lives defending Singapore from Japanese invasion during World War II.

Made up of twelve columns, representing the formation in which the military marches, a wing-shaped roof representing the air force and crowned with a wall which portrays the periscope in dedication to the navy, the Kranji War Memorial is a fitting commemoration of all three branches of the armies who fought for Singapore’s freedom. In fact, soldiers from numerous countries fought for this cause, including those from Britain, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Canada, Malaya, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

The approximately 24,300 names inscribed on the columns of Kranji War Memorial are those of the soldiers from all of those countries whose bodies were never found together with the words “They died for all free men”.

Kranji War Memorial is a beautiful yet haunting reminder of Singapore and neighbours the Kranji War Cemetery.

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Merlion Statue

The Merlion Statue is an iconic lion-fish hybrid statue representing Singapore.

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The Merlion Statue in Singapore’s Merlion Park is an iconic 8.6 metre statue of a lion-fish hybrid. The Merlion was originally designed by Fraser Brunner, a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, as an emblem for the Singapore Tourist Board, a function which it served from 1964 to 1997, although it remains the trademark of the tourist board.

Brunner intended the lion’s head of the Merlion to represent the lion seen by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he rediscovered Singapura or “Lion City” in 11 AD. This lion’s head sits on the body of a fish, which is symbolic of Singapore’s roots as a fishing village and from which the “Mer” half of Merlion’s name derives, meaning “Sea”.

Whilst there are actually five official Merlion statues, the original was built by Singapore craftsman Lim Nang Seng between 1971 and 1972 and opened by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on 15 September 1972.

The Merlion Statue weighs 70 tonnes and is flanked by two smaller versions of the Merlion. This giant statue spouts a smooth line of water into the river before it. The Merlion Statue is one attraction which is very easy to find if you’re in the city.