The Battle Box is considered one of the major tourist attractions in Singapore. Standing tall amongst the most important military sites during World War II, it is a huge bunker located around 9 meters below ground in Canning Park.
In February 15 1942, it is where general Percival surrendered in a meeting that was held in the Anti-Aircraft defence room of the Battle Box; this meeting included various senior officers.
The Battle Box Singapore – Admission, Museum & Opening Times
The Battle Box is comprised of 2 entrances, 26 rooms and a cat ladder escape hatch. The structure was made bomb proof but was very susceptible to flooding due to a nearby reservoir. Plans were made and completed to prevent this flooding before the outbreak of war.
Fort Canning was then taken over by the Japanese Military Defence and their headquarters became the Battle Box. Later, the Japanese surrendered and it was used briefly before closing it indefinitely. During 1988, it was then re-opened and started to be made into a museum that would remember its occupants and also serve as a reminder when Singapore was surrendered to the Japanese. In 1997, the Battle Box was opened as a war museum accessible to the public.
Some various entertainment facilities like figurines and video and audio effects are now used to take visitors back to that time. Tours run regularly at the following times: Mondays, including public holidays: 1.30pm – 2.30pm, 2.45pm – 3.45pm and 4.00pm – 5.00pm. Tuesdays to Sundays, including public holidays: 9.45am – 10.45am, 11.00am – 12.00pm, 1.30pm – 2.30pm, 2.45pm – 3.45pm and 4.00pm – 5.00pm.
Battle Box is located at Terrace Singapore and accessible by bus or by a taxi. Alternatively, catch the MRT and get off at Dhoby Ghaut Station, Exit B.