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Sentosa

Fort Siloso

Facts about Fort Siloso

1. The British built Fort Siloso in 1880's to guard the western entrance to Keppel Harbour and the coal stocks.
2. Units of Singapore Volunteer Corps and British Royal Artillery manned the fort.
3. Fort Siloso was rearmed with an anti-torpedo boat gun and a Director Tower.
4. The fort came under heavy Japanese attack. The guns helped quite a lot during 12th February to 14th February. The British destroyed the guns on 15th February when news of the surrender was received.
5. Fort Siloso became a Prisoners-Of-War (POW) camp for both military and civilian personnel.
6. After the Japanese surrendered, Fort Siloso was rearmed again. 1st Malay Coast Battery, Royal Artillery, manned them. Subsequently, the Gurkhas manned it when the force was disbanded in 1958.
7. In 1969, the Government decided to develop Sentosa for recreational purposes. Fort Siloso was restored and was officially opened to the public in 1975.
8. British forces relinquished Sentosa in 1967. It was taken over by Singapore Armed Forces.

Tourists can:

1. Learn more about Fort Siloso.
2. See the guns used for Singapore's defense during 1880's to 1940's at the Fort Gun Museum.
3. See the artefacts during 1880's to 1940's at the History Of Fort Siloso Exhibition. They include 100-year-old Royal Artillery uniforms, authentic 9.2-inch gun shells etc.
4. Watch videos about prison cells and learn about the life of POW's during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore.

Interesting facts:

1. Fort Siloso is Singapore's only preserved fort.
2. A "Battery Sgt Major" will be the tourists' guide.

Merlion

The Merlion stands on a 23m hillock overlooking Sentosa. At 37m, The Merlion is the tallest free form structure in Singapore. Its 320 scales and mane are sculpted from glass reinforced concrete and contains fibre optic lights which can change colour every few seconds.

Main Entrance/Lobby


The display of a sunken wreck in the lobby belongs to the Bugis people - a historical tribe of Indonesian traders. Follow the wooden path that leads you to the lift, ready to take you to the 10th storey.
Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck (Level 9)
From the mouth of The Merlion, you will see the panoramic Singapore skyline with her towering modern skyscrapers glittering in the distance.
Observation Deck (Level 12)
Ride a specially designed lift complete with sound effects and arrive at the 12th storey where you will emerge onto the crown of The Merlion. You'll get a 3600 view of Sentosa Island and a bird's eye view of Singapore's southern shores. Even further ahead, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Indonesian islands.
Souvenir Shop/Exit (Level 1)
The lift at level 10 takes you down to the 1st floor where you can pick up a little gift from the souvenir shop. The entire shop if themed like a shipwreck, and sells a range of souvenirs from fine porcelain and T-shirts to golf balls.

The Merlion Walk


Just behind the 37m tall Merlion tower lies The Merlion Walk. Stretching from the Amphitheatre to The Merlion, the 120m long walkway faithfully captures the colourful legend of The Merlion. The walkway, which features three long pools, weaves among numerous statues of sea creatures. Be serenaded by the melodious chimes of 25 Carillon bells, or take in the tropical tranquillity of The Merlion during the day. At night, enjoy the lovely luminescence of the lighted fountains.

Rise of The Merlion


A dramatic narration of The Merlion legend, The Rise of The Merlion is a light, sound and water show. The 8min show uses dancing water fountains, special lighting and sound effects to create spectacular 3D laser images on fountain screens. At the climax of the show, The Merlion's eyes emit laser beams into the night.

Legend of the Merlion


Ancient Singapore was known as Temasek or Sea Town. Legend has it that a long time ago, Temasek was once wrecked by savage storms. As villagers of Temasek huddled fearfully together, praying for a miracle to save them, a wondrous sight unfolded along the southern shores. A huge beast, half-fish, half-lion, came out of the ocean on an iridescent path of colourful sea creatures. With a great roar, it battled the forces of nature, then.... Slowly the wind lost its ferocity and the storm died down. With a flick of its tail, the Merlion returned to the sea. Even today, you still could see the mystical Merlion, perched on its proud vintage point at Sentosa Island, looking benevolently over Singapore.