Reflections at Bukit Chandu

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Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : Non-Singapore Citizens: SGD 2
Singapore Citizens: Free

Timings : Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Closed on Monday

Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore Overview

Built upon a quiet grassy knoll of Bukit Chandu in Singapore, Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a small, interactive museum and heritage centre recounting the fierce 1942 Battle of Pasir Panjang (against the Japanese in Singapore during World War II). Developed and managed by the National Archives of Singapore, this tiny museum is filled with interactive exhibits, artefacts, audio and video recordings, and wax mannequins depicting the battle and paying tribute to the 42 brave soldiers of the Malay Regiment, many of whom lost their lives during the Second World War. A must-visit for those interested in military history.

Reflections at Bukit Chandu museum is housed within a British-era colonial style black and white bungalow, the arches and windows of which have been beautifully restored and maintained. The bungalow is surrounded by lush greens and is a stone's throw away from the actual battleground. Visitors can take a walk through the galleries, which are on two levels, and houses many personal items of the valiant soldiers. Although small, Reflections at Bukit Chandu is fascinating, engrossing, thoughtful and moving. There is even a theatre where the visitors can experience the life of the people during World War Two. 

Note: Reflections at Bukit Chandu is closed for a revamp from 1 October 2018 and is slated to reopen in early 2021.

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Exhibition Gallery

The museum is housed in a colonial-era bungalow spread over two levels. The main exhibition gallery covers the history of the Second World War in Malaya with details of the socio-political climate during the late 1930s in the Malay Peninsula. The galleries also contain exhibits and displays about Japan's plans for invasion and the British strategy to defend Malaya and Singapore. There are various interesting photographs, maps and artefacts on these topics.

Reflections at Bukit Chandu is interactive and includes various documentaries, video clips and audio tours regarding the Malay Regiment. The family histories of the soldiers have also been displayed, along with witness testimony from the survivors and World War II paraphernalia. The museum also has a small theatre on the second floor. This theatre screens a magnificently realistic reenactment of the battle and offers visitors the opportunity to understand how it feels like to be under attack. The museum also has a great view, as it is situated on top of a hill. Superbly maintained, visitors are sure to leave the museum feeling extremely moved.

History of Bukit Chandu

Bukit Chandu (Malay for Opium Hill) was one of the sites for the Battle of Pasir Panjang, which took place two days before the British forces surrendered to the Japanese in Singapore. The museum was built in the memory of the soldiers who fought one of the fiercest battles of Singapore. Even though they were haplessly outnumbered, they continued to fight, using hand to hand combat when they ran out of ammunition. Those who survived were captured and tortured by the Japanese. Reflections at Bukit Chandu was built to tell this story, and to honour the undefeatable spirit shown by the soldiers. It was opened on 15th February 2002, which was the 60th anniversary of the fall of Singapore in 1942.

Tips

  • No food and drinks are allowed in the museum
  • Reflections at Bukit Chandu is connected to the Kent Ridge Park via the canopy walk at treetop level.

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