General Information About East Coast And Changi Tour
Explore the darkest chapter in Singapore’s history with this emotive tour of the eastern Changi region, where a notorious Japanese prisoner of war camp was located. Visit the Changi Chapel and Museum, and drive through the laidback village of Changi, a world away from the modern skyscrapers of the city. Discover also the cultural riches of the majority Malay ethnic areas.
When the Japanese invaded Singapore in 1942, few could have imagined the horrors that awaited the country. Allied soldiers were held at the Changi Prison, where POWs and civilians were treated inhumanely and routinely tortured. Today, a replica of the chapel built by the POWs and a museum stand as reminders of the crimes that took place here. The museum has a collection of paintings, photographs and personal effects donated by former POWs. The guide will recount the stories of some of those who passed through Changi’s gates during this brutal chapter of World War II.
Continue with a drive through the earthy village of Changi, whose easy-going charms offer a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Singapore city. The tour then passes through Tampines New Town, a typical heartland township built on the site of former rubber plantations. Tampines has been singled out by the United Nations for creating the conditions for a perfect habitat for modern living. The final leg focuses on the cultural heritage of the country’s Malay residents, who make up about a seventh of the population. At the Malay ethnic area you will learn about their invaluable contribution to Singapore’s development.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up and drop off at your hotel , pick up time at 1.30pm.
Duration: 3 and a half hours.
Start/opening time: At 2pm.
Languages: English speaking guide.
Others: Please contact us to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to tour date.