Whether you are traveling through Singapore with a group, or in my case, alone, find the time to set aside a couple of hours to visit the Kranji War memorial. I had previously visited Singapore not long ago but missed out visiting the Kranji War memorial.
Away from the glitz and glamour of the city and marina bay is a peaceful and well-kept hill that is the Kranji War memorial and cemetery. Due to Singapore’s super-efficient MRT, the most cost effective way of getting here is getting off at Kranji train station and go left upon exiting the station and will be a 10-15min walk.
Here lie some of the soldiers of the commonwealth who died defending Singapore from the invading Japanese forces in WW2 (not all bodies could be recovered). Despite the number of dead here, it has a serene feeling to being here.
Highly recommend this to those especially from commonwealth nations, notably a large proportion of the graves belong to British and Australian forces. Some of the ages on the tombstones show many were barely adults. The youngest I found was a 17-year old rifleman.
If WW2 history is your thing there is also a historical trail you can walk (it will be marked out by a sign at the entrance) which will take you to sites such as the old barracks and the landing site of the Japanese forces.
So, have a break from shopping, eating, partying and floating around in the infinity pool of marina bay sands and spend some time at the Kranji War Memorial to pay your respects to those who gave it their all defending freedom.
Lest we forget.
Kranji War Memorial
- Address: 9 Woodlands Dr, Singapore
- Cost: free
- Hours: 9 am – 6:30 pm
- Getting There: Train to Kranji station (red line) and walk or a taxi / uber