Changi Prison, Chapel and Museum

When visited :  June 2014             Weather:  Hot. 33C

Pictures:  Leica M240/ 35mm F1.4 Summilux

I finally made it to  Changi Museum and Chapel, a place which I had intended to visit for long but somehow never did; you know what it’s like, when something is on your doorstep, you take it for granted.  Changi Museum and Chapel is of course a memorial to the Japanese occupation period of 1942-1945 in Singapore and details the life, trials and tribulations of the the POWs who were incarcerated in Changi Prison. Having recently viewed the Centre of Naziism in Nurnberg, Changi’s record of the Japanese occupation was at the other end of the spectrum….the small complex is a reconstruction of the old Changi chapel, built by POWs on the grounds of the original Changi prison.  Small though it is, Changi Museum is a gem of a museum, with great detail to the many activities that the POWs were involved in, graphic and gory black and white photographs.

Entrance to Changi Musesum

Entrance to Changi Musesum

 

Brass plaque detailing next to entrance

Brass plaque detailing next to entrance

 

changi chapel

changi chapel

 

the battlefield theatre

the battlefield theatre

 

detail from the chapel

detail from the chapel

 

Cross displayed in chapel....

Cross displayed in chapel….

 

amazingly, it was made by a POW from the remnants of bomb casings and weapons

amazingly, it was made by a POW from the remnants of bomb casings and weapons

 

detail on cross handcrafted without metalwork tools...

detail on cross handcrafted without metalwork tools…

 

commemorative candle on sand from changi beach

commemorative candle on sand from changi beach

the museum and exhibits

the museum and exhibits

 

map of changi prison

map of changi prison

 

this drawing is the museum's adopted graphic..two malarias and one cholera

this drawing is the museum’s adopted graphic..two malarias with a cholera

 

the Japanese occupation of singapore

the Japanese occupation of singapore

 

memorabilia

memorabilia

 

replica of St Luke's Chapel...

replica of St Luke’s Chapel…

where the 5 Changi Murals were painted by POW Stanley Warren

where the 5 Changi Murals were painted by POW Stanley Warren

 

chapel roof

chapel roof

 

Changi Museum is a brilliant little museum.  It’s far from the city but very near the airport so if you have a couple of hours to spare when transiting Changi airport, you can visit it easily.  Get the audio guide.  Then have a very nice lunch or dinner at the adjacent charming bar/restaurant called BARK Cafe.

 

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