The wait is almost over! After three years of redevelopment, Reflections at Bukit Chandu reopened on 9 September 9, 2021.
Located in Kent Ridge not far from where the soldiers fought to the end, the museum will bring us chillingly close to the Battle of Pasir Panjang with never-before-seen footage of wartime hero Adnan Saidi in an intense multimedia retelling of the Malay Regiment’s last stand on Pasir Panjang Hill against the Japanese troops during World War II in 1942.
This epic battle was a key moment in Singapore’s World War II history, and told of the courage and valour of the Malay Regiment despite facing certain defeat.
Other features include a spotlight on Pasir Panjang’s opium past, where a busy opium plant packed and distributed opium. The British colonial government encouraged opium use by the locals, as a means of controlling them by pinning them under the yoke of addiction. Needless to say, huge monetary profits were also reaped by the colonial government. The exhibit shows a replica opium packing machine, weighing scales and wooden containers as a re-imagination of the opium factory.
More information can be found on the National Heritage Board website.
In the future, as part of the development of the Greater Southern Waterfront, there will be green corridors linking the Southern Ridges to the surrounding areas.
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Since you are in the area, you may also wish to check out the old Pasir Panjang Power Station nearby. Some of its existing buildings and structures will be conserved and repurposed for a variety of uses as the government plans to transform it into a lifestyle hub.