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Heritage tour of war depot to mark Battle of Singapore

Published on Feb 7, 2014 8:11 AM
One of the closed-off tunnel entrances on a press tour of the Woodlands North Depot yesterday. Tours of the facility for members of the public will be conducted by NHB researchers tomorrow and next Saturday, as part of a series of tours to mark the Battle of Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Singapore, the National Heritage Board (NHB) has launched a new heritage tour of the Woodlands North Depot, a former fuel reserve depot used by the British Royal Air Force and the Japanese during World War II.

Called the Marsiling Tunnels Tour, it will be conducted by NHB researchers tomorrow and next Saturday, and will take 15 participants per tour to the sealed entranceways of the depot in the Marsiling jungle along Admiralty Road West.

However, that is as far as participants will go. They will not be allowed in the tunnels because three of the four entranceways have been sealed. The remaining entranceway is too dangerous for participants to enter, according to the NHB.

Rusted pipes and sealed entranceways are all the public will see of the well-preserved depot, most of which descends two storeys underground.

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Through these activities, we hope to inculcate in Singaporeans a culture of remembrance, because we believe that in remembering the past, we can better appreciate the present and prepare for the future.

- Mr Alvin Tan, National Heritage Board policy group director