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About Fort Siloso

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Open Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cost: No Entry Fee

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Fort Siloso, Singapore Overview

Located south of Singapore on the breathtakingly gorgeous island of Sentosa, Fort Siloso remains Singapore's only preserved coastal fort. It belonged to the British forces, and was extensively used as a weapon against the Japanese during the Second World War. Fort Siloso is now a military museum, displaying several different types of exhibits such as realistically made wax mannequins doing various kinds of menial work, guns, cannons and even some real war footage. Several magnificently made cannons and artillery are also displayed on the grounds of this majestic Fort, drawing attention to the various kinds of guns that were used by the British to defend Singapore during the Second World War.

Despite the impressive display of war pieces and history, the main attraction of Fort Siloso is the Skywalk. Eleven storeys high, it provides visitors with a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, combining stunning views of Sentosa island's golden beaches, the greenery around the Fort and the numerous ships that dot the waters around the island. Acting as a major entry points to the Fort, this charming Skywalk has glass panes on some parts and shades on other parts which provide cover to visitors from the sun or rain.

This alluring tourist spot has been maintained well by the Singaporean authorities, with information boards along the Skywalk as well as next to all the exhibits within the structure to help the visitors learn more about the rich history of this grand Fort. Some of these fascinating exhibits are accompanied by audio and video recordings to give visitors a feel of the battles that took place on the grounds of this glorious Fort. The newly opened Surrender Chambers are designed to give visitors a feel of the daily lives of the captured prisoners. Thus, Fort Siloso is one of the places in Singapore which can not be missed by history-buffs, especially military history enthusiasts.

Fort Siloso Skywalk

This is the chief attraction point at Fort Siloso. The Skywalk acts as an entry point to Fort Siloso, providing fantastic views of the beaches and houses of Sentosa Island. Tourists can access the Skywalk through lifts, which are free of cost, located only a short distance away from the Siloso Point Cable Car Station. The lift takes the visitor eleven storeys high to the Skywalk, which winds its way through the treetops and has glass panels in several sections, thereby providing a brilliant view of the island and the harbor. The walkway only takes about five minutes to cover, with the gorgeous stretch of the beach on one side and the beautiful houses of Sentosa on the other.

Sightseeing in Fort Siloso

There are various indoor and outdoor exhibits and displays within the Fort, that provide for excellent sightseeing. The recently opened exhibit of the Surrender Chambers has been beautifully restored, with displays depicting the daily lives of the captured prisoners who were made to live and work in the Surrender Chambers. There are well laid out walkways, ensuring that visitors can easily and comfortably explore the innumerable tunnels and chambers of the Fort. The exhibits and displays have wax mannequins which depict soldiers in various stages of work. The displays are accompanied by information panels at regular intervals, sound and light shows and real documentary videos of the Second World War, giving visitors a very realistic experience of what it was like to live within the Fort during the War. Tourists are advised to work their way downwards while exploring the Fort. There are many restored tunnels here, the most interesting of which is Tunnel C, where all the ammunition used to be stored. The guns and cannons on Fort Siloso are turned inwards towards Singapore, rather than outwards. This was done by British as they had to attack the Japanese army which was approaching Singapore from the north.

Activities in Fort Siloso

  • Heritage Trail: This popular Trail is used by visitors who want to explore the Fort completely. It takes visitors into the Battery Command Post, which has an audio track to accompany the displays. The audio track gives the visitors a realistic experience of the Battle of Singapore of 1942, with the guns that were used being on dispay here. The Heritage Trail also takes visitors to the Fort Siloso Square which used to be the main parade square, as well as to the Casemates, which has a grand Second World War exhibition.
  • Gun Trail: This is the other popular trail available at Fort Siloso. Military history enthusiasts will find this Trail to be a must visit, as it winds its way around the various guns and cannons displayed within and outside the Fort. A major display is the famous 12 pounder gun which faces the oil refinery on Singapore harbour. There are also various types of gun batteries one will come across on this fascinating trail. Several types of Japanese coastal defence guns, used during the Second World War are also on display. However, visitors must keep in mind that the guns shown are only representations of the actual guns used during the Battle of Singapore.
  • Visitors also have the option of leaving a message of peace on the Wall of Poppies, within the Fort.

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Best time to visit Fort Siloso

The best time to visit Fort Siloso is before noon, as it gets progressively hotter and more uncomfortable through the day.

How to Reach Fort Siloso

Visitors can reach Sentosa Island through the cable car, which provides spectacular views of both Singapore and Sentosa's skylines and harbours. Entry to Fort Siloso is through the Skywalk. Visitors can reach the Skywalk either by taking a free lift ride or by climbing the stairs.

Shopping in Fort Siloso

The ground floor of the Fort has a souvenir shop for the visitors.

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