Surviving Syonan

  • Level 2, Surviving Syonan Gallery
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

On 15 February 1942, the British surrendered Singapore to the victorious Imperial Japanese Army. Japan’s Rising Sun flag now flew from all corners of the city, heralding the start of the darkest chapter in Singapore’s history.

This gallery shines the spotlight on how the people of Singapore coped with daily life and responded with grit and resourcefulness to the Japanese Occupation, a period of great adversity and abject scarcity. It celebrates their resilience, tenacity, resourcefulness and self-reliance; values that remain important and relevant today. Snapshots of these past lives are presented in an immersive cityscape of crumbling walls, evocative of the uncertain and shattered world these survivors of the war endured.

But amid the devastation, hope remained. The gallery’s concluding section presents stories and artefacts that celebrate courage, hope and love in a period marked by fear, hardship and oppression.

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Last Modified: 20 Dec 2016