NileGuide Expert Says:
A moving and humbling experience.
1000 Upper Changi Rd N, Singapore
NileGuide Expert tip:
Stump up the extra $8.00 to hire the audio guide to really get the most out of the experience.
The Changi Museum is dedicated to the memory of all those who suffered incarceration during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore from 1942-45, and is probably the most harrowing collection of stories in all the war museums of Singapore.
This incredibly moving exhibition is put together based on interviews with former inmates, Prisoners of War and their families, with direct quotations used where possible. Personal accounts of torture and humiliation at the hands of the Kempeitei are interspersed with stories of the hardship of rationing and high inflation, and the struggle for survival. Just as shocking are the brutal statistics that accompany the personal memories – such as the 16,000 Prisoners Of War who died from hunger, physical abuse and tropical disease whilst being forced to labour on 'Death Railway', a railway line being built by the Japanese to cross the Thai/Burmese border.
Entrance to the Chapel and Museum is free, but it is well worth paying for the personal audio tour which really brings the exhibition to life with additional stories and actual interviews with survivors.