Whether you are a traveler or a local person, there’s no better way to know the history of Singapore than by visiting the historical places of the city-state. Singapore has many forts, palaces, monuments, cannons, bunkers, and memorials reminiscent of its glorious past. Here are the top historical places to visit in Singapore.
1. Fort Siloso
Situated on an island south of mainland Singapore, Fort Siloso is a famous historical site. It was built in the late 19th century and presently is considered home to a huge collection of Second World War’s memorabilia including coastal guns, remains of tunnels, military equipment etc. You also should not skip the Surrender Chambers where the various historical facts have been clearly portrayed. This fort was utilized as a prisoner-of-war (POW) camp after Japan occupied Singapore.
2. Sultan Mosque
Also popularly known as Masjid Sultan, this unique around 200 years old mosque is a must-see if you want to know more about Singapore’s history. It is situated at the heart of Kampong Glam and one of the most sacred places for the Muslim community. The mosque’s dome attracts everyone from large distance as it was decorated with glass bottle ends. The prayer hall of Sultan Mosque is surprisingly large and highlights its star features.
3. Civilian War Memorial
Located at the War Memorial Park, the Civilian War Memorial was gazetted as 65th National Monument of Singapore by National Heritage Board in 2013. The history says that over 50,000 civilians were annihilated during the Japanese Empire’s occupation of Singapore during the Asia Pacific War that took place between 1942 and 1945. The Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew official unveiled this memorial on February 15, 1967 and it took Singapore $500,000.
4. Thian Hock Keng
Also popularly known as Tianfu Temple, Thian Hock Keng was declared as a national monument in 1973. A Chinese sea goddess named Mazu is worshipped here. The temple was first built in 1821 and later was rebuilt by accumulation of fund in 1839. The temple must be included in your city tour Singapore itinerary as it gives a great reflection of traditional Chinese design that is commonly seen in Fujian. It is also considered Singapore’s oldest Chinese temple. If you are a food connoisseur, you can go for a food tour Singapore nearby the temple to taste the delicious Chinese cuisines.