Aug 26, 2010

Singapore: Changi Chapel and Museum

It was close when I first visited the place so I’ve returned the other day. Here are some photos and info’s about the place.

This chapel and museum was relocated on February 15, 2001 and was officially opened by Trade and Industry Minister BG George Yeo. The relocation date was also chosen to coincide with the 59th Anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942. The new Changi Museum replaces the Old Changi Prison Chapel and Museum (built 1988) that was relocated to its current site to make way for the expansion of Changi Prison.

In honouring the spirit and commitment of those who rose from the depths of adversity, the Museum inspires future generations to come and deepen their appreciation of the heroic and inspiration stories that took place in Changi. This Museum is dedicated to all who lived and died in Singapore, in particular the Changi area, during the dark years of WWII.

The Changi Chapel, housed within the open-air courtyard of the new museum, is a representative replica of the many chapels that were built during WWII. Today, its stands as a monument for those who would not buckle under Japanese rule, and who kept their faith and dignity in the face of seemingly hopeless odds.

Letters, photographs, drawings and personal effects in the museum tell a horrific story of over three years of war and imprisonment for more than 50,000 civilians and soldiers in Changi. From the fall of Singapore on February 15, 1942 till the Japanese surrender in September 1945, life was a daily struggle against humiliation, loss of freedom, hunger and disease.

There are services conducted by various church groups at the Changi Chapel every Sunday at 9:30am and 5:30pm. Visitors are welcome to join.

(Note: Videos and Cameras are not allowed inside the museum.)

Open: 9:30am to 4:30pm free admission
Location: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
Tel number: (65) 62142451
Getting there: Take SBS bus 2, alight at the bus stop right in front of Changi Chapel and Museum after Changi Women’s Prison bus stop.
Fee: For in-house tours SGD6.00 adult and SGD3.00 child.

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