Located at the western tip of the Sentosa Island and walking distance from the Underwater World (by Red & Blue line buses) is Fort Siloso, Singapore's only preserved coastal fort.
I am always a fan for war history and fortress design. Hence, this fort is a must visit place for me personally.
One will be supplied with this map after purchasing the ticket. I suggest one study it and plan their journey. I was recommended to walk, instead of taking the tram. Best route to take is to first walk to the Guard Room, then walk up the hill to A Soldier's Life and so on, in a clockwise direction and end the visit at the Surrender Chamber. With that, one will able to visit all the exhibits in a systematic manner.
A tram takes visitors from the foot of the hill to the Surrender Chamber and Fort Siloso Square, as shown in the map layout. I will suggest to take the tram only when one finish the tour around the fort at the Surrender Chamber, provided one follow my walking direction earlier.
The first exhibit I came across is the Guard Room. Here, one will get a few of how life at guard room was back then and hear the protocol of the British Army in the pre war era.
After the Guard Room, climb the stairs uphill and should come across these 140mm Coastal Defence Guns
Somewhere on the hill, one will see this structures and figures. This is what they call parbuckling, a method by which heavy loads were moved to their emplacements. The tripod, which used as a gyn also can be spotted here.
Next exhibit is what they call "A Soldier's Life". The complex consists of Troop Ship, Barrack Room, Cook House, Laundry Room and Tailor's Shop
At the Troop Ship, one will have a better understanding of the soldier's hardship as they were shipped to Singapore.
Move further up the hill and there is a playground. Again, we spotted a peacock at the playground
The Tunnel C Complex is just at the vicinity of the playground. Tunnel C Complex is the most elaborate display of how ammunition for Fort Siloso's big guns was stored and moved.
Outside the Tunnel C complex is a 6" gun barrel positioned by a tripod we saw earlier
Adjoining the Tunnel C Complex is the Battery Command Post. The Battery Command Post formed part of a fortress system which directed coastal defense guns of increased range and accuracy. Battery Command Posts were sited to cover all of the fields of fire within range of the guns. This post had a clear view of the horizon (including the oil installation of Pulau Bukom) and the western sea lanes into Singapore harbour
After venturing the Battery Command Post, walk up the stairs and one will arrive at Fort Siloso Square. There are 3 pieces of BL Guns at the square. The tram also stop here, at the Fort siloso Square.
There are a lot of exhibits at the Fort Siloso Square. There is a complex which house Fort Siloso Overview, Keeping Singapore Strong, Fall of Singapore and Voices of Singapore. In this complex, visitor can have better overview of the layout of the fort, how Siloso gots its name and the history behind the fall of Singapore to the Japanese.
There is a gun shelter and gun dispay nearby this complex. Here, one can see a life size gun crew in action and listen for the boom of the 6" big gun. One can also explore the underground ammunition tunnels to find out how the guns were fed.
Moving to the Western tip of the island, one will passed through exhibit called Force 136 (tribute to the brave resistance fighters who continued to fight on after the British surrender), The Occupation Years (Singaporean communities relate their wartime experiences during the occupation years) and Tunnel A Complex.
I feel like I had achieved something by reaching the Western tip of the island. I am exhauseted after the long walk but the trip was worth it. The Fire Direction Tower and gun placement is situated here.
With that, the last exhibit to visit is the Surrender Chamber. The display at the Surrender Chamber takes you through the years of World War II with photographs, films, wartime mementoes and fax figures depicting surrender by the British in 1942, and then by the Japanese in 1945.
The Surrender Chamber and The QuarterMaster Store are the last item to visit here. The souvenir shop is also located here. The fort tram also stops here and one can take the tram down the hill to the entrance point.
I particularly enjoy Fort Siloso the most while in Sentosa Island. I could had easily spent 3 hours exploring the fort and its exhibits.