A Deep Dive into Singapore’s World War 2 History

Singapore WW2 History

Join one of our expert military guides to learn about the invasion and occupation of Singapore by the Japanese during WWII. Hear personal recollections of the impact of the war years on families, the various communities and the country as a whole.

Learn about the reasons behind, and the sequence of events leading up to, the invasion of 1942, and how this culminated in the unexpected capitulation of “Fortress Singapore” on February 15, 1942.

Discover how the subsequent three-and-a-half years of occupation impacted both the psyche and the history of Singapore; things would literally never be the same.

During that time Singapore was known as Syonan-To, and the reality was tough —both for the POWs and the general population — whose suffering included the brutal Sook Ching massacres.

Itinerary of Jane's Singapore Tours

Tour highlights are:

  • Adam Road area to hear about the experiences of the military POWs at this Black & White estate and adjoining Sime Rd, site of a civilian POW camp
  • Kranji landing beaches to relive the terrifying last few days of the Japanese campaign to take Singapore
  • Kranji War Cemetery (weekday only) to learn about how it developed into a peaceful monument to the many lives lost in far from peaceful times
  • Synonan Chureito, a monument to Japanese fallen soldiers
  • Old Former Ford Factory, site of the original British surrender of Singapore and a museum that explains and illustrates both the invasion and the occupation
  • City Hall, site of the Japanese surrender to the Allies in September 1945, now part of the National Gallery


Map Location of Jane's Singapore Tours

The tour can start at your home address, or for a larger group we suggest Dempsey Road where free parking is available.

Customer Reviews

Our customers say...

M.D, SG - TripAdvisor
Our guide Joe, was very informative

Wonderful & great way to see Singapore. We thoroughly enjoyed our guide and walking tour! The weather was marvelous and the other members were nice and they were also interested in history. Our guide Joe, was very informative, not only on what happened during those terrible wars years but he had loads of information about local Singapore’s rich diverse history and customs. We have taken Jane’s tours before and will continue to enjoy them in the future. All the best!

Chris F, SG - TripAdvisor
Wonderful WWII Tour

I recently went on a wonderful WWII tour organized by Jane’s SG Tours.

It was great!

Our tour guide, Joe, was outstanding and knowledgeable! We all look forward to part II of the tours.

TanKW0107 SG - TripAdvisor
5* Uncovering Singapore WW2 stories

We went on a private WW2 tour with Joe. It covered many places that we didn’t know exist in Singapore.

The WW2 stories that Joe shared were also very interesting and we won’t know from reading.

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