Whether you’re a die-hard history geek or simply are looking for a new hiking trail to explore, take a trip down to Fort Siloso, where you’ll get the novel experience of visiting an ex-WWII site and national monument.
You can’t deny that hidden tunnels and abandoned structures are like magnets to Singaporeans either. From replicas of coastal guns used during battle and a treetop walkway for nature enthusiasts, here’s what you can check out here.
Learn about the Battle of Singapore along educational trails
Heritage Trail – Audio trail about the Battle of Singapore in 1942
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Fitspos and history buffs alike will be able to hike their way around the base and dive deeper into Fort Siloso’s history along its dedicated trails. The Heritage Trail features several significant landmarks, with the route beginning at the Battery Command Post which offers a close-up look at gun displays used during the 1942 Battle of Singapore.
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The trail will then take you to Fort Siloso Square which was once the main parade square. Along the trail, you’ll also get the chance to visit the WWII exhibition at The Casemates – a series of chambers where guns and artillery were formerly stored.
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For an immersive experience, Surrender Chambers is where you can listen to realistic audio and watch visual clips that depict the moments the Japanese invaded Singapore and also when they surrendered.
The museum has wax figures that depict the Japanese and British surrender as well.
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Gun Trail – Guns and cannons used during the war
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Owning a gun is close to forbidden in our little red dot, but military enthusiasts will be able to look at various WWII-era guns and cannons displayed within and outside the fort along the Gun Trail.
Keep your eyes peeled for the famous 12-pound gun located right next to the lookout tower
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The trail takes you around important landmarks such as the Barracks and the Guard Bungalow, featuring a replica of gun batteries used during the war such as the Japanese Coastal Defense guns.
Catch picturesque views at the Skywalk treetop walkway
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Though there are plenty of routes that’ll lead you to Fort Siloso, adventurous folks who want to kickstart their historical journey from the get-go will be able to catch scenic views of the area from the Skywalk.
This treetop trek stands at 11 storeys high and spans approximately 55 SQM.
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If you don’t plan on sweating bullets by climbing a staggering amount of stairs, you can opt to take the bubble lift up – it’s located just a few feet away from the cable car station.
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Besides taking you up swiftly, this little lift has glass panels that offer you stellar views of the beach and harbour at various angles.
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While the entire walkway will only take you approximately five minutes to cover, you’ll still be able to load up on some quick history facts about locations such as Labrador Park and Keppel Bay. There are also guided tours available if you’re looking to learn more about the area.
Visiting Fort Siloso
From hidden bunkers to abandoned structures, relics of WWII such as the ones on Sentosa can still be found around Singapore. For a history excursion into the events and impact of WWII, be sure to check out Fort Siloso’s artefacts from the past.
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Artsy folks who can’t shy away from a good photo op will also be happy to know that there is a myriad of optical illusion-style murals created by local artist Yip Yew Chong that’re plastered on the walls, roads, and rocks.
Book a Fort Siloso walking trail.
Address: Siloso Road, Singapore 099981
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily
By public transport: Alight at Harbourfront MRT and take the tram from Vivocity Station to Beach Station. From there, transfer to Sentosa Bus A or C.
Or if you’re arriving at Sentosa via the boardwalk, take bus C from Resorts World Sentosa Basement 1 to Siloso Point.
By cable car: Take the Mount Faber Line and alight at Sentosa Station. From there, walk to the Imbiah Lookout Station which is part of the Sentosa Line, and take the cable car to Siloso Point. The Skywalk to Fort Siloso will be right beside the cable car station.
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Article originally published on 23rd December 2021. Last updated by Xin Tian Koh on 31st August 2023.
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