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Friday, November 6, 2009

The Changi Chapel and Museum - PH

PhotoHunt theme : Veterans/Military

The Changi Chapel

On the day I went to The Changi Chapel and Museum,  there was this burly overseas visitor sitting in the chapel alone, sobbing his heart out. I sat far away in a shady corner and waited. I did not have the heart to intrude on his private moment of grief. It was a good 40 minutes later that I got to take a good look of the chapel.

handwritten messages and dedications left by visitors

The Changi Museum commemorates the WWII Allied POWs who suffered horrific treatment during the Japanese Occupation.

Visitors can read about what happened during the war from its storyboard displays. It showcase quotes from POWs, locals and war veterans. These quotes tell us about their experiences in war and what life was like during the war.

On display were tools, materials and personal belongings of POWs and other artefacts related or used during World War II, donated by organizations, POWs and their families, as well as other visitors.

Within the POW camps, the soldiers had to fight against humiliating diseases, death and food shortage. The thought of seeing their loved ones again gave them the power to endure so much.... but sadly, many of them didn't make it in the end. 

More than 3 years of history and tales of 50,000 civilians and soldiers are enclosed in the Changi Chapel and Museum. A detailed map on the Japanese expansion into Southeast Asia and also a remembrance wall that recognizes the various units that defended Singapore before the Fall is displayed.

light a candle in memory of those who sacrificed in a war

For the Prisoners-of-War (POWs) and their families, it is a site that allows for closure of the many emotional scars inflicted by the war years.

The Changi Chapel and Museum
1000, Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
Opening Hours : 9:30am - 5:00pm daily.
Last admission is at 4.30pm (Including Sundays and Public Holidays)

The Changi Museum is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

No photography is allowed in the museum.

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