Changi Beach Park / Pulau Sejahat
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Admission
   
Free.
   
Open
   
Daily. Lighting hours is from 7.00 pm to 7.00 am.
   
Transportation
   
Buses 9, 19 and 89, alight along Nicoll Drive.

Buses 2, 29, 59 and 109 to Changi Village and 5-minutes walk across the pedestrian footbridge to the park.

   
Information
   
Changi Beach Park
Along Nicoll Drive and Changi Coast Road.
Website: www.nparks.gov.sg

 

Changi Beach Park (樟宜海滨公园) is frequented in the 60s & 70s as it is one of the oldest park in Singapore. Approximately 28 Ha in size and 3.3 km long, this linear park has stretches of pristine white beaches dotted with coconut palms, BBQ pits and shelters.

Pulau Sejahat is a small island about 1.2 ha located off the north-eastern coast of Singapore, near Pulau Tekong. Disused barracks, kitchens, gun emplacements and lookout posts still exist on the island.

Changi has long been a favourite family and recreational destination since the early colonial days. Changi was famous for its coconut plantations in the 1800s. As early as 1845, Changi Beach area was already a fashionable retreat for picnics and beach parties.

When Singapore was a British colony, Pulau Sejahat (near Changi Beach) was possibly part of the integral defence of the Johore Straits, together with Pulau Tekong and Changi Point. The gun battery positions on Pulau Sejahat could have been intended to protect the stretch of water between Changi and Pulau Tekong, so as to extend the coverage provided by the neighbouring costal defence batteries. The military encampment on Pulau Sejahat was built around 1937-38, when the threat of war with Japan was becoming very real. In 1972, Pulau Sejahat was returned to the Singapore government. Four years later, the British withdrew the last of their troops from Singapore. There has been no development on Pulau Sejahat, the only new addition is the shrine to tua peh kong.

During the Sook Ching operation, 66 Chinese male civilians were killed by Japanese hojo kempei (auxiliary military police) firing squads at the water's edge on this stretch of beach on 20 February, 1942. This site was one of the first of several where tens of thousand of Chinese, suspected of being anti-Japanese, were executed.

Tanah Merah Besar Beach, a few hundred metres south (now part of the Changi Airport runway), was one of the most heavily used killing grounds where well over a thousand Chinese men and youths lost their lives. Since World War 2, the old harbour and the pedestrian bridge across Sungei Changi had remained unchanged.

There is no tour here.

 

Dec 2009.