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“explore the journey...”
Review of Fort Siloso

Fort Siloso
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Owner description: This historic fort was part of Singapore's defenses for decades.
kuala lumpur
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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“explore the journey...”
Reviewed 2 February 2012

Fort Siloso is home to the nation's largest collection of World War II memorabilia. A tram takes you on a journey through history, with entertaining guides bringing the past to life and explaining the fort's vital role in defending the Malayan region. Explore old tunnels and discover original guns, cannons, film clips and photographs from yesteryear.

Visited October 2011
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Interesting in places, very spread out....”
Reviewed 20 January 2012

I was under the impression that this would be a classic fort. Rather it is quite a few small buildings and sites spread out on a hill at the end of Sentosa Island. As a history buff I was interested and learned some things, but to be honest my colleagues (we were in Singapore over a weekend) were not so engaged. We thought this would be a brief stop - but actually we were there for two hours, with lots of walking outside (and for those of us from places where it is below freezing it was a hot humid march!).

I would reccomend it but only if you are a real fan of history, csual visitors would probably prefer some of Sentosa's other attractions.

Visited January 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A must see if on sentosa :)”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Excellent exhibition and really informative!! Definitely must see this place to learn of the battle and history of Singapore!! I really enjoyed it here :) if you love history it's a must!!

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Boulder, Colorado
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“easy family day at beach.”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

If you don't over think it, it's great. If you desire a pristine view of clear water devoid of refineries and hundreds of tankers, don't go. Since they closed the zip line after that poor guy broke his back, the best place to enjoy the day is on the former zip finish station mini fake island that looks back at Sentosa, instead of looking at the ocean and big ugly boats. This part of the beach is better for small kids because it is shallow for wading, has a surprising amount of sea life, and shade. There is also a magnificent public bathrooms, showers not too far after the beach and you can end your afternoon with a $9 tiger beer at Cool Deck or a $5 scoop of ice cream from Ben and Jerrys across from the cab stand where for some reason, we have never had a problem. So this is very good in Singapore.

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Colorado
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“Terrific exhibits on the battle for Singapore”
Reviewed 26 December 2011

Very informaive and well done exhibits on the battle for Singapore where 30,000 Japanese routed 88,000 British. Located on Sentosa Island. Much of the fort's defenses remain intact with gun emplacements, tunnels and military buildings to explore. Includes exhibits describing the suffering under the Japanese occupation. Best of all is an extremely well done exhibit of wax figures portraying the British surrender to the Japanese and the Japanese signing the surrender document with the Allies. The detail in these two exhibits is amazing down to an exact recreation of the rooms and furniture used.

Here's how to take the tour. Take the cable car to Sentosa Island. I enjoyed the trip from Mt. Faber where there is valet car parking for $5. There is also a continual flow to taxis and busses to Mt. Faber. After leaving the cable car building on Sentose turn right and proceed east a hundred yards to the red line bus que. Get off at the first stop. When disembarking continue east another 200 yards to the Fort Siloso tram station. It's well marked. Buy your ticket and wait for the tram to the fort. Trams were running every 15 minutes on on the day we visited. You might ask if you are permitted to walk to the fort. It's only a 15 minute walk.

The following info will save you time and make your visit more enjoyable. The tram will drop you off at the casement building. Find out the time for the next tour. If you have extra time proceed as follows otherwise take the tour immediately and come back later to do the following things. Walk from the casement buiklding up the stairs to see the gun emplacements above and more enjoyably to see the peacocks and the monkeys roaming freely. Great fun to see the peacocks fly and interact with the monkeys.

If you go into the casement building do not watch the two videos. The casement building and the videos are part of the tour. Proceed down the hill to the first tunnel under the gun emplacement. See both. Then go down the hill further past the occupation building to the second tunnel. Not necessary to see the occupation building as it is on the tour. The second tunnel is the best. Goes all the way out to the end of the island.

After the second tunnel return to the casement building and kill time before your tour. By the way, the Siloso web page says to make a booking for the tour. I don't think that is necessary or even done. Out of 25 people taking the tram to the fort only four of us took the guided tour. The others wandered off their own.

The guided tour itself is great. Given by a young man with energy and enthusiam for his job. He was very knowledgeable about the Japanese invasion of Asia and the Pacific and Singapore in particular. Gave many interesting details about the fort and the battle for Singapore. I highly recommend the guided tour rather than just wandering about. The tour takes one hour. However, all the exhibits are well marked so you could enjoy the fort without the guide. After touring the fort return to the tram drop off point.

For those interested in the history of Singapore and particularly those interested in military history Fort Siloso is not to be missed.

Visited December 2011
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