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  • Leonard L
    6 contributions
    Obscure but interesting reservoir. Need gentle trekking to reach there. Better to read up a little on its history first before going, so as to understand its existence, its features and surrounding areas.
    Written 21 December 2020
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  • DomSG
    Singapore, Singapore59 contributions
    Started early on Friday morning (Oct 2. 2020) to check out two well-hidden World War II historical sites in Singapore.

    The pictures here are from Seah Im Bunker, located in the jungle behind a parking lot next to Seah Im Food Center (Harbourfront MRT station). The bunker was built during WWII; it is believed to have been used as an air-raid shelter and/or to hold Allied prisoners-of-war (POWs).

    Tip: If you do visit the bunker, take along a heavy-duty torch (flashlight), as the interior is nearly pitch black. The light from an iPhone/Samsung just won’t cut it...
    Written 4 October 2020
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia26,864 contributions
    It sits at the back of the art deco housing in Guan Chuan Street and apparently is one of the remaining war time air raid shelters. The building is unimpressive and the place has limited information and was not open and you need someone to direct you. It is virtually behind PS Café o=in Guan Chuan Street facing a car park.
    Written 25 March 2018
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  • DomSG
    Singapore, Singapore59 contributions
    Part 2 of my WWII trekking on Oct 2, 2020 was on Sentosa Island, just off the southern tip of Singapore.

    During WWII, Sentosa had four British forts and artillery batteries aimed at preventing invasion by sea. However, the Japanese instead invaded over the Causeway from Malaysia in the north, with tanks clearing the way for 22,000 soldiers who had ridden on bikes throughout most of their previous lightning campaigns in Thailand and Malaysia. While the British were able to turn their guns facing inland, their naval guns on Sentosa were not equipped with the right kinds of shells for a land assault. As a result, Singapore fell to the Japanese in only seven days (Feb 8-15, 1942).

    During the war years, Sentosa became notorious as a holding center for many Allied POWs, and the Japanese massacred scores of Chinese residents (whom they felt were not loyal to the occupiers) on Sentosa’s beaches.

    Of the four original forts, only Fort Siloso has been restored.

    From Fort Siloso, I had a nice 15-min walk up the Imbiah Trail to the remnants of Imbiah Battery in Imbiah Fort, the second of the four original forts. The complex of bunkers, pillboxes, and naval guns had been largely abandoned since 1945, and this gave the site a real charm that Fort Siloso was lacking. But again, there was almost no curation about the site (except for two small, hidden signs I discovered after having walked through 99% of the complex) and no buildings were identified.

    If I have one pet peeve about Singapore, it is that I’ve found the curation in museums and at historical sites to be really lacking, as compared to those you visit in the States and in Europe.

    For people who have little knowledge of WWII, they will not be able to understand or appreciate the history behind a war site such as Fort Imbiah/Imbiah Battery.
    Written 4 October 2020
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