Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a small gallery situated at the top of Opium Hill (known as Bukit Chandu in Malay), commemorates one of Singapore’s most significant and bloodiest battles fought just two days before the British surrendered island to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.

Housed in a restored black and white colonial bungalow built at the turn of the 20th century for British senior officers, the World War II interpretive centre exhibits artifacts, photographs, maps, multimedia and accounts on the Defence of Malaya, life in the Malay Regiment and the Japanese invasion since it opened its doors to the public in 2002. It tells the moving story of how the 1,400 soldiers from Malay Regiment led by Lieutenant Adnan bin Saidi fought courageously and defended the last stand against the 13,000 Japanese soldiers even when their ammunition had run out. Those who didn’t perish that day were captured and later executed by the Japanese.

Today, the schools love to include students’ visit to the gallery to support the national education system’s effort in promoting an appreciation of Singapore’s history and origins amongst the young.

31-K Pepys Road
Singapore 118458
Tel: 65-6375 2510

Catch glimpses of that dark period in the history of Singapore here:

Leave a Reply