09 Mar '12, 1am

Check out Veron’s post on the Tiong Bahru shelters.

Located at Block 78 Guan Chuan Street in one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates, the facility is believed to be the last civilian air raid shelter on the island. When the Japanese bombarded Singapore between December 1941 and January 1942, residents in this area dashed here for cover. Singapore fell to the Japanese on February 15, 1942. The term “air raid shelter” was used loosely in those years. An open trench or a space under a staircase could be considered one. Apparently, the colonial government told people to run to an open area and lie flat on the ground in the event of an attack. Obviously the suggestion was not very well received, so various vendors including Alexandra Brickworks started offering air raid shelter construction services. Check out Veron’s post on the Tiong Bahru shelters – the shelters themselves are bare, stark and almost desolate, and one...

Full article: http://yesterday.sg/buildings-and-monuments/a-reminder-of...

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