If you’ve seen the skyscrapers and must-see attractions of modern-day Singapore, now’s the time to learn more about how Singapore came to be the bustling city that it is today. Explore the island’s heritage on these tours, which take you to the city’s most iconic and historical landmarks and through the chapters of its past, such as the colonial periods of World War II and World War I.

A Story of Strategy & Surrender™

A Story of Strategy & Surrender™

Formerly a World War II British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill, the Battlebox is now a museum open to the public. It was here that the British surrendered Singapore to the invading Japanese on 15 February 1942. To fully immerse yourself in stories of the past, sign up for the Battlebox tour, A Story of Strategy and Surrender, to experience the story of the fall of Malaya and Singapore in WWII, and learn how the Battlebox functioned during the war.

Tickets at $18/adult and $9/child. Get your tickets at the Battlebox Visitor Centre, email Journeys Pte Ltd at enquiry@battlebox.com.sg or call +65 6338 6133. Visit their website for more information. 

East Coast and Changi

East Coast and Changi

Get to know the history of Singapore’s East Side. Begin at Kampong Glam, a neighbourhood named after the Gelam Trees which grew in abundance in the 1800s, and experience the charm of Kampong Glam’s bygone history. Then, head to the Changi Chapel & Museum, where tour guides will recount stories of heroic and inspirational events that unfolded in Changi during WWII. From here, drive through rustic, laid-back Changi Village where you’ll see remnants of the British Changi Airbase alongside the contrasting Tampines New Town, a heartland neighbourhood typical of present-day Singapore.

Tickets at $36/adult and $18/child. For tickets, email Tour East Singapore Pte Ltd at resvn@toureast.net or call +65 6735 1221. 

Of Hardship, Hope and New Beginnings: The Northern Resilience Trail

Of Hardship, Hope and New Beginnings: The Northern Resilience Trail

The Northern Resilience Trail concentrates on Northern Singapore and the landmarks that were pivotal in Singapore’s WWII past, telling the story of hardship and hope in pre-independence Singapore. The main stops include Kranji War Memorial (the final resting place for 4,458 allied servicemen in marked graves), the Causeway (a vital link between Singapore and Malaysia) and the Gurdwara Sahib Yishun (for an introduction to the history of the Sikh population in Singapore), the Sembawang Shipyard (part of the Sembawang Naval Base), and the Sembawang Hot Springs (which were remodelled into a Japanese-style hot bath by Japanese army officers during the Japanese occupation of Singapore). 

Ticket prices available upon request. Email A+B Edu Tours and Travel Pte Ltd at nanak@abedutours.com.sg or call +65 6339 2114 to book.

The Last Stand: The Southern Resilience Trail

The Last Stand: The Southern Resilience Trail

Head down South and explore historical sites connected by the narrative thread of the Malay Regiment (an all-Malay military force formed in Malaya in 1933 under the command of British officers) and their last battles fought in February 1942. Start at Kent Ridge Park (part of the Southern Ridges that was defended by the Malay Regimen) for a panoramic view of the city — a scenic and poignant reminder of how far Singapore has come since WWII. Then, head to Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a WWII interpretive centre that pays homage to the heroism of ‘C’ Company 1st Battalion and its leader Lt. Adnan Bin Saidi, outlining the war efforts in Singapore and the sacrifices by ordinary Singaporeans. The tour also takes visitors to Labrador Park, which was part of the coastal defence of Singapore during the war.

Ticket prices available upon request. Email A+B Edu Tours and Travel Pte Ltd at nanak@abedutours.com.sg or call +65 6339 2114 to book.

The Temasek Trail: Story of a Nation

The Temasek Trail: Story of a Nation

Journey to 14th century Singapore on the Temasek Trail, where you can learn about different periods of Singapore's history from the time of the ancient Malay kings to the present day. Gain insight into the stories of Singapore's strategic responses to national challenges when you visit Fort Canning Park, formerly known as Government Hill (where colonial-era governors used to reside), the Lim Bo Seng Memorial, a monument that commemorates one of Singapore's heroes from WWII, and the Cenotaph, a memorial that honours the 124 men from Singapore who died in action during World War I. 

Ticket prices available upon request. Email Singapore History Consultants at tourenquiries@shc.com.sg or call +65 6221 3804 to book, or read more here.