A British Bunker from 1942 will be open to public come next month.
The decommissioned bunker served as an ammunition depot for three different armies, the British and then the Japanese before being handed over to Singapore’s Ministry of Defence in 1971. The bunker situated somewhere in Woodlands overlooks the Johor Strait and is as big as two 5-room HDB flats.
The Bunker looks extremely dilapidated from the outside but seemed to be in pretty decent condition from the inside, proving that it could withstand the test of time. The Bunker is empty having been decommissioned in 2002 and handed back to the state. The National Heritage Board(NHB) is keen to open it’s doors to the public for the first time in seven decades in efforts to educate and commemorate the Japanese Occupation and the subsequent liberation during World War II.
The Bunker isn’t easy to get to at all, it requires any visitor to trek through muddy water and navigate the jungle just like anybody who used it in the past probably would have had to as well, making the journey to the bunker as historical as the bunker itself.
The NHB will be conducting eight English and two Chinese guided tours, each tour accommodates 25 people and members of the public can even start booking your slots now.