The Battle Box is located some 9 metres underground, in one of the bunkers in Fort Canning Park. It was the largest underground military operations complex in Singapore and was part of the Malaya Command Headquarters during World War II. They bring visitors back to the morning of 15th February 1942, when the surrender decision was made by British Officers and Singapore fell to the Japanese.
Tours: THE BATTLEBOX TOUR - A Story of Strategy & Surrender™ (1 hour). Adult: S$18 Child (7 - 12 years): S$9. Timings (Mon, inclu PH): 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.00pm (Tue to Sun, inclu PH): 9.45am, 11.00am, 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.00pm.
OF GRAVES, GUNS & BATTLES - A Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill™ (2½ hours). Adult: S$32 Child: S$15. Timings (Every Mon & Thu, no tours on PH): 2.00pm.
The Battlebox also has tailor-made school programmes; tours for Singaporean and overseas military groups; tours for companies, e.g. team-building events; and private tours.
History: The Centre was a maze-like complex of 26 rooms and corridors. This complex is bomb-proof and also capable of recycling its own air supply. It was here during the Second World War, on the morning of 15 February 1942 that Lt.-General Percival, General Officer Commanding, Malaya Command, made the crucial decision to surrender to the Japanese.
After the war, the Battle Box was sealed off and its exact location forgotten. It was rediscovered in 1988, and converted into a tourist attraction. The underground bunker has been refurbished with an air-conditioning system installed, though with the historical value still greatly preserved. It was reopened on 31 January 1992 as the Battle Box.
Through the use of specially arranged audio and video effects, high quality animatronics and specially crafted figurines, The Battle Box bring you back to the morning of 15 February 1942. This musuem was formally opened on 15 February 1997, on the 55th anniversary of the surrender of Singapore.
The Singapore History Consultants is the new operator. On 28 June 2016, the Battlebox, managed by Singapore History Consultants, was officially launched by Guest-of-Honour Lieutenant-General (Retired) Winston Choo, Singapore’s first Chief of Defence Force from 1974 to 1992, after a $300,000 facelift.
Address: 2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622.
Alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, and walk to the side of Park Mall (left side facing front of building) and make your way to the Battle Box.
Bus Stop Number 08011/08019 (Opp/Aft Haw Par Glass Twr): 64, 123, 139 & 143.
Bus Stop Number 08031 (Dhoby Ghaut Stn): 7, 14, 14E, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174E, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 850E, 951E, 971E & 972.
Information is correct as at 20 November 2016. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.