Singapore might be only 52 years young, but the story of this Lion City actually begins much earlier, as a thriving port of call before it became a British colony in 1826. Explore the island’s heritage on these tours, which take you to the city’s most iconic landmarks and through the chapters of its past.

The Battlebox Tour: 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.

Book your tickets at Battlebox Visitor Centre, email Journeys Pte Ltd at or call +65 6338 6133.

East Coast and Changi
Wide shot of Changi Chapel & Museum

Those keen on a broader itinerary can go on the East Coast and Changi tour by Tour East Singapore. This excursion, which starts with a jaunt around Malay cultural enclave Kampong Glam, will take you through the Changi Chapel and Museum, where you’ll experience the tragedies and triumphs that emerged during WWII. Afterward, you’ll be driven through the quaint and rustic Changi Village to see a more tranquil, laidback side of modern Singapore, before making your way to Tampines New Town, a bustling heartland township.

Of Hardship, Hope and New Beginnings: The Northern Resilience Trail
Tombstones at Kranji War Memorial

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). 

Book your tickets at  A+B Edu Tours and Travel, email A+B Edu Tours and Travel Pte Ltd at or call +65 6339 2114.

The Last Stand: The Southern Resilience Trail
Building of Reflections at Bukit Chandu

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.

Book your tickets at A+B Edu Tours and Travel, email A+B Edu Tours and Travel Pte Ltd at or call +65 6339 2114.

The Temasek Trail: Story of a Nation
Tour group observing the Lim Bo Seng Memorial

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. 

Book your tickets at Singapore History Consultants, email Singapore History Consultants at or call +65 6221 3804.

Reflections at Bukit Chandu / War & Peace: The Kranji Experience™
Entrance of Reflections at Bukit Chandu

One of the fiercest battles that took place in Singapore during WWII is the Battle of Pasir Panjang, in which Second Lieutenant Adnan Saidi led the Malay Regiment soldiers against a 13,000-strong Japanese army. Relive this heroic clash at Reflections at Bukit Chandu by The National Heritage Board as you interact with the historical artefacts and exhibits.

For a more in-depth war experience, you can also embark on the War & Peace: The Kranji Experience tour by Singapore History Consultants, as you explore the site of Kranji Beach Battle, the second attack on Singapore by the Japanese before the Battle of Pasir Panjang.

Book your tickets at Singapore History Consultants, email Singapore History Consultants at or call +65 6221 3804.