Kranji War Memorial
Kranji War Memorial
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Location Information The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Kranji War Cemetery is 22 kilometres north of the city of Singapore, on the north side of Singapore Island overlooking the Straits of Johore. It is located just to the West of the Singapore-Johore road (Bukit Timah Expressway) on Woodlands Road, just to the south of the crossroads with Turf Club Avenue and Kranji Road. There is a short approach road from the main road. The Cemetery is known locally as Kranji Memorial and one must be sure of the address before boarding a taxi as most taxi drivers do not know the Cemetery. There are also bus stops on the main road facing the Cemetery. The Kranji MRT (train) terminal is a short distance from the Cemetery, approximately 10 to 15 minutes away by foot. A previous visitor has advised us that a small map of the route can be obtained from the MRT ticket office. Visiting Information Kranji War Cemetery is open every day 07:00-18:30. The cemetery is constructed on a hill with the means of access being via three flights of steps, rising over four metres from the road level, which makes wheelchair access to this site impossible.
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  • David
    Lille, France1,867 contributions
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    Very poignant.
    Visited the Kranji War Memorial after discovering that one of my relatives is memorialised on the monument to those whose remains were unlocated after the second world war. Over 20,000 names are engraved here. Worth visiting if you are in Singapore and want to remember the sacrifice of those of many nationalities who fought for the Crown in the Second World War.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • billcarolpearson
    38 contributions
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    Paying my respect to the fallen in Singapore
    We visited on a very hot and humid day so took a taxi from the MRT station which cost $4:80 well worth it. The mamorial is set on a slight incline and a few steps. It was very tranquil with flowers in the middle section, but the outer stones looked a little neglected, but there were staff gradually pressure washing them. But still no flowers. They look so sad! The fallen deserve so much more? When we had paid our respect, we headed bach to the MRT station, which is a downhill walk, but across a couple of busy roads. It took about 15 minutes. Well, it's worth a visit if you're interested in the history of Singapore. The MRT out off the city, and though the suburbs shows how inventive this countrs is to house its population? A thoroughly enjoyable and reflective morning. Remember to take plenty of water. And there are no facilities, so use the MRTs before you leave there?
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Andy D
    Rainham, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very moving place
    For those interested in history and WW2 in particular this is a very moving place to visit. The grounds are maintained to very high standard. If travelling by Taxi make sure you get the address details correct for both drop off and collection.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2024
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David
Lille, France1,867 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Visited the Kranji War Memorial after discovering that one of my relatives is memorialised on the monument to those whose remains were unlocated after the second world war. Over 20,000 names are engraved here.

Worth visiting if you are in Singapore and want to remember the sacrifice of those of many nationalities who fought for the Crown in the Second World War.
Written July 25, 2023
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befrank1
San Antonio, TX206 contributions
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Sept 2022
This site is off the beaten path but provides a momment of solitude to reflects on the sacrifices that allowed Singapore to become Singapore. The diversity of backgrounds reflected on the headstones is a testament to those who fought and died to defend the area. It's located on top of a hill and provides good views of Singapore.
Written October 8, 2022
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Strayanadvisor
Sydney, Australia131 contributions
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Jan 2020
My wife and visited here to reflect upon the sacrifices made by so many in the WWII era. The memorial is well manicured and kept and is such a solemn place to visit. But for two grounds keepers on vigilant duty we had the entire memorial to ourselves. An amazing amount of history in one location.
Written January 11, 2020
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Andy D
Rainham, UK44 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
For those interested in history and WW2 in particular this is a very moving place to visit. The grounds are maintained to very high standard. If travelling by Taxi make sure you get the address details correct for both drop off and collection.
Written April 20, 2024
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Linda
Hanc, France228 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
we travelled on mrt which was easy and very interesting travelling out of the city. we walked to cemetary which took 10mins slowly. buses and taxis available.
The site was so peaceful clean and tidy like all CWG. visitors book on site.
amazing place we shouldn't forget them.
Written February 18, 2020
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alannalee
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea71 contributions
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Mar 2023
Visiting Kranji War Memorial is not just for people who may have a connection to someone who is buried or memoralised here. It is a beautiful place to visit in respect of those who sacrificed their life defending Singapore and Malaya. Take the time to walk around the gardens and memorial and enjoy the peacefulness of this place.
Written March 14, 2023
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RobAlterEgo
Brisbane, Australia59 contributions
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As an Australian whose Grandfather is buried at Kranji, this incredible site and monument to fallen Allied soldiers was a must see on my trip to Singapore. Beautifully maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the gently sloping hill displays the graves of nearly 4,500 souls, and the memorial walls some 25,000 plus names of allied servicemen and women whose bodies were never recovered. These are staggering numbers, and it is an intense reminder of the needless waste of human life that wars can cause. This is a very emotional experience for anyone who has relatives buried or memorialised here, however, I would encourage anyone with a fleeting interest in history or those from allied countries to visit and pay respect to the men and women who fought to maintain the freedom we enjoy today.
Written December 10, 2006
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Daveg61
Highfields, Australia15 contributions
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Apr 2012 • Solo
All Aussies passing through Singapore on this special day should experience the ANZAC Dawn service at Kranji. It starts with an early morning taxi ride (be aware of surcharge) to a large gathering of expats and visiting servicemen at the top memorial. After an emotional service there is a very large and free catered breakfast including Anzac biscuits and even a dash of Bundy for your coffee.
Also on offer are free guided tours of the various graves of prominent diggers who gave their lives for us.
Truly something to experience! Thank you to whoever sponsors this event.
Written August 30, 2012
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
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I made two trips to the Kranji War Memorial and Cemetery during my week in the country. The first was with an organized tour group through Singapore Walks. The second was a trip by myself on my last day in Singapore to place flowers on the graves of the Unknown Soldiers.

The Kranji War Memorial and Cemetery is immaculately kept and appropriately serene. The monuments speak for themselves and need no explanation. Although I assumed that this was only an “Allied” War Memorial (i.e. British, Indian, and Australian) I was pleased to find that fallen soldiers of all nationalities and religions are honored here, including Muslim Malays (with their graves facing towards Mecca), the local resistance, civilians, etc.

Of note, Ivan Lyon of Operation Rimau is memorialized here (27.A.14) as are a few soldiers from the Prince of Wales and Repulse (to the left of the Memorial in the semi-circular graves) and numerous Unknown Soldiers.

It was a privilege to walk these grounds in private reflection and I consider this visit the highlight of my trip to the country.
Written February 5, 2009
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Arthur V
Perth, Australia1,229 contributions
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Kranji War Memorial is a place to behold. It is immaculately looked after by the Singaporeans and is testament to the high regard that they hold for those brave men and women who died defending their little island.

The lawns are very well maintained and the view from the top of the hill is absolutely beautiful.

As a Vietnam Veteran I am aware of the sacrifices made by many in defence of freedom and liberty and whilst war is horrible Kranji stands as a monument to those that made the supreme sacrifice and should not be missed particularly if you are British, Australian or New Zealander.

Getting there can be a bit daunting if you want to go on your own but there is a MRT Station at Kranji and then it is only a short bus ride to the front of the Memorial. If you are unsure then just ask anyone at the station and they will be more than willing to help. Make sure you take an umbrella as it can get quite warm out there and when it rains there is not much cover. Also make sure yopu have good shoes and plenty of water and battery power for your camera as there is ample opportunity for good photos.
Written August 8, 2009
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