SOLD OUT Fort Canning - Defence, Flight & Surrender Walking Tour
Date: Saturday 25 February
Time: 8:45 for 9:00 - 12.30 (approx)
Meeting Point: Registry of Marriages (ROM) Car Park, 7 Canning Rise, Singapore 179869. Near Dhobi Ghaut MRT or Margie will walk you back to ROM car park.
Cost: $47 for BA Members and Houseguests. $57 for Non-Members (incl entrance fee)
THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT
We have arranged this tour to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 'Fall of Singapore'. Join us and our guide Margie Hall as we visit both Fort Canning and the newly-reopened 'Battlebox'.
For more than 720 years Fort Canning has been a site of defence for Singapore’s rulers – sometimes successful, sometimes not – hence the flight of the 5th King of Singapore around 1397/8 and the surrender of the British to the Japanese on February 15th 1942. Many remnants remain, including the 19th century Fort Gate, still with access to its roof. We will circle the Hill to take in these sites before literally heading into it!
Inside the newly reopened underground Battlebox, an inhouse guide will show us around the World War II Command Centre, where the decision to surrender to the Japanese was made by the Allied Commanders. The one hour technology-enhanced tour sets the surrender decisions into the context of the battles for Malaysia and Singapore, and will be particularly poignant for this 75th anniversary.
Please bring water and snacks, and a hat (or umbrella).