Singapore’s only conserved coast portrays the colonial past and is an emotional reminder of the war years. In the 1870s when Singapore was colonized by the British a new harbor (Keppel harbor) witnessed the activities expansion that jeopardized being teared by attackers and buccaneers. A decision was arrived, that the fort should be located at the western edge of Pulau Blakang Mati, a small island now called as Sentosa. Fort Siloso the primary fortification was born.
In the subsequent years, a sequence of forts was constructed. There were instances that the shores of Singapore were protected by 12 coastal artillery batteries. At present Fort Siloso exists as the country’s only conserved coastal fortification. Throughout the World War II, 6 inch guns were positioned at fort Siloso to safeguard the Harbor of Singapore. Nevertheless these guns were unsuccessful in protection Singapore from the invasion of Japan. This because the British anticipated a naval attack by the Japanese, but the Japanese hoodwinked them by launching a land attack. The Siloso fort was utilized as a camp to lodge the Prisoners of war.during the Japanese invasion. Later, when Singapore came back under the British rule in 1945, the fort was converted into a transit camp for the personnel belonging to the Royal navy.
In the year 1975, the fort Siloso was opened to the public as historical site cum gun museum. The fort was renovated and again opened in 1993. Presently, Fort Siloso is the country’s biggest World War II memorabilia collections. The fort offers a sensory venture of a recruiter’s life. The fort has ‘booming’ coastal guns, tunnels, war games. This fort will be a real treat for those who are very much inquisitive to know about the military life. Interactive displays, giant sized imitations, and genuine fragrances are adoringly recreated.
The guests can also have a look at the 245 photographs, film clips and documents on exhibit.
The fort is opened daily from 9am to 6pm. The last admission is at 5.30 pm.
The admission fees for adults is SGD 8 and for kids, the fees id SGD 5.
The estimated tour timing is one and half hours.
Location: 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa Singapore 099981
Tel: (65) 6275 0388
Reaching there: You need to take a Sentosa Bus from the World Trade Centre Bus Terminal or Tiong Bahru MRT. . From Santos, take the monorail to Station M3 or by bus on Blue or Green Lines and move to Fort Train.
Convenience for the physically challenged at Fort Siloso: wheelchairs are readily available with no rental fees. Nevertheless, for prior arrangements you are instructed to contact the Customer Service at Tel: (65) 6275 8306. A handicapped toilet is situated near the entrance of the Fort.