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The Battle Box

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The Battle Box, Singapore Overview

The Battle Box is a museum and a tourist attraction, popularly known as the Fort Canning Bunker. The Battle Box was built in 1936 as a World War II British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill in the heart of the city of Singapore. The Malaya Command had a part of their headquarters here. It was inside the walls of Battlebox that the British decided to surrender Singapore to the Japanese. Now, the Battlebox museum unveils true causes that led to the disastrous and largest capitulation in British History. 

Since the World War II, the Fort Canning Bunker was looted in the aftermath of the Japanese surrender and sealed closed due to safety concerns. Its location was also forgotten until a journalist rediscovered the remains and brought the museum back into the public eye. The Fort Canning Bunker later developed into a museum, representing the final days of the Battle of Singapore. The name BattleBox was given and formally opened in the year 1997, on the 55th anniversary of the surrender of Singapore. Built 30 feet beneath the Fort Canning Hill, the BattleBox was constructed with reinforced concrete walls as three feet to withstand direct hits from bombs and shells.

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1. The Battlebox has two basic tours for its visitors. The first one is 'A Story of Strategy & Surrender', (1 hour 15 minutes). This tour gives you a glimpse of the fall of Malaya and Singapore in WWII, and how an underground command centre functioned during the war.  

2. The second tour is 'A Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill'  (2 ½ hours).
Timings
Every Monday and Thursday, no tours on public holidays: 2:00 PM
Entry Fee
Adult: SGD 32
Child (7 – 12 years): SGD 15

3. Apart from these, the Battlebox also provides others tours. It offers customised and tailor-made school programs for students. It has seperate tours for Singaporean and overseas military groups. Battlebox also has special tours for companies that include team building events and so on. Besides these, it offers private tours for those who request in advance.  
Timings
Mondays, including public holidays: 1.30 PM, 2.45 PM, 4.00 PM
Tuesdays to Sundays, including public holidays: 9.45 AM, 11.00 AM, 1.30 PM, 2.45 PM, 4.00 PM
Entry Fee
Adult: SGD 18
Child (7 – 12 years): SGD 9

Formerly known as the Headquarters Malaya Command Operations Bunker, the BattleBox concluded its construction in the year 1941. The journalist who discovered the BattleBox, claims it to have 29 room while other sources differ with an opinion of 22 rooms. The bunker was constructed to withstand attacks from bombs and shells. It included a telephone exchange which had a connection to all military and many civilian switchboards in Malaya. The telephone exchange also had various signals in operation rooms, sleeping cubicles and latrines. The Bunker also included a cypher room which was used for encoding and decoding encrypted materials of information.

  • Get your tickets at the Battlebox Visitor Centre 15 minutes before your tour timing.
  • Battlebox Tours are unsuitable for children aged 7 years and below.

The nearest bus stop at Battle Box lies at a walking distance of 4 minutes. The buses that halt here are 64, 123, 139 and 143. The nearest MRT Station also lies at a walking distance of 5 minutes. Alight at the Dhobi Ghaut MRT Station and walk for a distance of 5 minutes to reach here.

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