I have previously blogged on Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak but have yet to touch on Bukit Timah.
I will do this once I gather my thoughts. Soon.
For now, I want to share with everyone some very rare pictures of Bukit Batok hill itself.
As we all know, the Imperial Japanese Army built the war memorial on the summit in 1942.
This memorial, called the Syonan Chureito, was destroyed after the Japanese surrendered at the end of WWII.
Contrary to popular misconception, it was not destroyed by the returning British but was actually dismantled by the Japanese themselves. Their reason was to prevent the desecration of the memorial by the returning British forces. The ashes of the Japanese dead from the shrine were re-interred at the Japanese Cemetery at Chuan Hoe Road at Yio Chu Kang.
|The foundation stone for the shrine that was built at the summit was laid by General Yamashita himself.|
Every Japanese soldier had to attend the dedication service once a year called the Yasukuni to pay respect to their fallen comrades.
|The 2 base pillars and the 121 steps are all that remains of the memorial today.|
The original 121 steps have been repaired over the years and there are actually only 119 steps left today.
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