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Fort Siloso and Skywalk: Hidden Gems in Sentosa, Singapore

Fort Siloso and Skywalk: Hidden Gems in Sentosa, Singapore

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I think Fort Siloso and Fort Siloso Skywalk are two of the most underrated attractions in Sentosa Island. Located at Siloso Point, which is the northwestern tip of Sentosa Island, Fort Siloso is the only preserved coastal fort in Singapore

If you think that Fort Siloso is a boring history museum with lots of vintage objects in glass enclosures, here’s the truth: it is not your typical museum. Instead, it is a huge compound with actual coastal guns, tunnel complex, military structures and many other WWII memorabilia.

I highly recommend that you start your journey at Fort Siloso Skywalk, a scenic treetop trail that is 11 storeys above ground and 181 meters long. At the end of the Skywalk, you’ll arrive at the beginning of Fort Siloso.

In this article, I’ll share about what you need to know before visiting, as well as what to do and see at Fort Siloso.

Heading to Sentosa? Read my comprehensive guide on 30 Things to Do in Sentosa Island, Singapore.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore -Exit

Fort Siloso Brief History

Fort Siloso was built in the late 19th century to defend Singapore’s coast against sea invasion from the south. During WWII, when Japanese invaded Singapore from the north, hence, Fort Siloso guns were turned 180 degrees inland to fire at Japanese troops who were coming from Malaya. During the Japanese Occupation, the fort was used as a prisoner-of-war camp.1,2

After Japanese surrender, Fort Siloso was occupied by British forces and finally handed over to the Singapore government after the withdrawal of British forces. Fort Siloso then came under the command of the Singapore Armed Forces.2

Fort Siloso & Skywalk Opening Hours

Fort Siloso and Fort Siloso Skywalk are open daily from 9am to 6pm. Last admission is at 5.30pm.

Exhibits are open from 10am.

Fort Siloso and Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore - Opening Hours

Fort Siloso Admission

Admission to Fort Siloso and Fort Siloso Skywalk are free of charge. There is no entrance fee required.

How to Get to Fort Siloso and Skywalk

By Cable Car: Take Mount Faber Line cable car from Mount Faber Station or Harbourfront Station, alight at Sentosa Station. Then, change to another cable car network called Sentosa Line (which operates only within Sentosa). Take Sentosa Line cable car from Imbiah Lookout Station and alight at Siloso Point Station. Walk 100m to Fort Siloso Skywalk. Read my detailed guide to riding cable car in Singapore.

By Sentosa Express: Take Sentosa Express from VivoCity Level 3, and alight at Beach Station. From Beach Station, you take the free Bus A or Beach Tram (towards Siloso direction) and alight at Siloso Point. Then, walk 100m to Fort Siloso Skywalk.

By Beach Tram: From Beach Station, take the beach shuttle towards Siloso direction and alight at Siloso Point. Then, walk 100m to Fort Siloso Skywalk. Please note: DO NOT take beach shuttle towards Palawan & Tanjung Beach direction, otherwise you’ll spent an unnecessarily long time on the tram.

By Bus: Take the free Bus A or Bus C from Resort World Sentosa (Basement 1) and alight at Siloso Point. Then, walk 100m to Fort Siloso Skywalk.

By walking: If you’re really into walking, you can walk from Vivo City to Fort Siloso Skywalk (3.5km), or from Beach Station to Fort Siloso Skywalk (1.2km).

By car: If you’re driving, the nearest carpark is at Beach Station. From Beach Station, you can take Bus A or Beach Shuttle to Siloso Point. Then, walk 100m to Fort Siloso Skywalk.

From Siloso Point, just walk towards Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort, and you will soon see the below sign pointing to Fort Siloso.

Fort Siloso and Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore - How to get there
From Siloso Point, follow the sign to Fort Siloso
Fort Siloso and Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore - How to get there
Entrance of Fort Siloso Skywalk

Fort Siloso Map

This is the map of Fort Siloso which is taken on-site.

Fort Siloso and Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore - Map
click to enlarge

You can also view the digital map here. Scroll down to download the brochure, the map is inside the brochure.

In the map, you’ll notice there are 2 suggested trails: Heritage Trail and Gun Trail. Heritage Trail brings you to all the historical buildings while Gun Trail brings you to all of the guns. Both trails start at Fort Siloso Introduction field and end at Waves of the Straits.

Free Guided Tour

If you’re keen to learn more about the history of Fort Siloso from a tour guide, you can join the free day tours at Fort Siloso which is conducted every 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month. Advance registration is required.

Registration opens every 1st Friday of the month, at 12pm. Slots are very limited, so do register early.

Fort Siloso Skywalk vs Siloso Trail

From the entrance, there are 2 ways to reach Fort Siloso. The easiest one is via Fort Siloso Skywalk, where you’ll get to enjoy the scenery. The tough one is via Siloso Trail, which is a challenging uphill trail that runs below the Skywalk.

Fort Siloso via Siloso Trail
Siloso Trail Starting Point near the entrance of Skywalk

Fort Siloso Skywalk

In case you’re wondering, Fort Siloso Skywalk was NOT part of the historical fort during World War II. Instead, it was built in 2015, which is 70 years after the conclusion of WWII.

Fort Siloso Skywalk is a 11-storey high elevated bridge that connects Siloso Point and Fort Siloso. The Skywalk also offers visitors a scenic view of western part of Sentosa as well as the view of Southern Islands of Singapore.

Fort Siloso Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore
Entrance of Fort Siloso Skywalk
Fort Siloso Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore
View of Siloso Point and Southern Islands from Fort Siloso Skywalk
View of the Southern Islands from Fort Siloso Skywalk. In this photo, you can see Pulau Tekukor, St John’s Island and Sisters’ Island (click photo to enlarge)
Fort Siloso Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore
View of Keppel Island and Keppel Bay from Fort Siloso Skywalk
Fort Siloso Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore
Gorgeous bridge among tree canopies
Fort Siloso Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore
Fort Siloso Skywalk
Fort Siloso Skywalk at Sentosa Singapore
Fort Siloso Skywalk

Fort Siloso Introduction

At the end of Fort Siloso Skywalk, you will arrive at this field. On the map, it is called Fort Siloso Introduction. Basically, it is the starting point of Fort Siloso.

From here, you can follow the Heritage Trail to visit all the historical buildings, or Gun Trail to visit all the guns at Fort Siloso. It’s not mandatory to take either trails, you can explore the fort in whichever way that you like.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Entrance to Fort Siloso
Fort Siloso Starting Point

Fort Siloso Tunnel Complex C

There are 3 Tunnel Complex at Fort Siloso: A, B and C. If you’re coming from Fort Siloso Skywalk, you’ll first encounter Tunnel Complex C, then B and A.

The Tunnel Complex C is located at Fort Siloso Introduction, between 6-inch battery magazine and Battery Command Post.

Tunnel Complex C is home to exhibit about The Volunteer Corps, Ammunition Hoists, and statues of soldiers preparing to hoist ammunition.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex C
Tunnel C entry
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex C
Soldiers preparing ammunition in Tunnel C
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex C
Soldiers preparing ammunition in Tunnel C

Battery Command Post

Battery Command Post is located right next to Tunnel C at Fort Siloso Introduction. In this exhibit, 3 statues of soldiers were seen monitoring the coast situation and making calls. A sound recording depicting wartime in 1942 was played.

During war time, the Battery Command Post had a clear view of the horizon and all of the fields of fire within range of the guns. The ranges and bearings of targets were calculated by a range-finder and transmitted to the guns which were then aimed at their target.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Battery Command Post
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Battery Command Post

Fort Siloso Square

Fort Siloso Square is easily recognizable by the 3 guns in the middle of the square. Other than the guns, you’ll also find WWII Experience, Casemates, Tunnel Complex B and 6-inch Gun Battery.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Fort Siloso Square
Fort Siloso Square
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Fort Siloso Square
Fort Siloso Square
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - WWII Experience
WWII Experience
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - WWII Experience
Miniature Model of Fort Siloso
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - WWII Experience
History behind Siloso and Pulau Blakang Mati
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Casemates
Casemates
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Casemates
“Keeping Singapore Strong” Video being played in the Casemates
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - 6-inch battery gun

Fort Siloso Tunnel Complex B

The Tunnel Complex B is located at Fort Siloso Square, between Casemates and 6-inch gun battery.

Tunnel Complex B is home to exhibit about life of Prisoners-of-War in Singapore during the Japanese Occupation, and soldiers preparing to load gun shells for the 6-inch gun above the tunnel.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex B
Tunnel B Entry
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex B
Soldier preparing gun ammunition at Tunnel B

Engine Room and Store

From Fort Siloso Square, when you walk further downhill, you will arrive at Engine Room and Store.

The Engine Room features exhibit about Special Operations Force 136, a special unit set up by the British to support resistance forces and co-ordinate guerilla operations behind enemy lines during WWII. Meanwhile, the Store features exhibit about the Japanese Occupation period (1942-1945).

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Engine Room and Store
Side by side: Engine Room and Store
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Store
Store
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Engine Room and Store
Gun in front of the Store

Fort Siloso Tunnel Complex A

The Tunnel Complex A is located next to Store. Unlike Tunnel B and C, Tunnel A is not entirely enclosed. The roof of the corridor is see-through and the corridor receives plenty of natural light. Despite that, to be honest, I feel that Tunnel A is too quiet and I wouldn’t dare to enter it on my own.

Inside the tunnel complex, there’s a room with 2 statues of soldiers. There is also an Observation Post, a small room where a soldier is monitoring the Keppel Harbour, which was the original naval base of Singapore.

Overall, it feels like Tunnel A is less well-maintained compared to the other 2 tunnels.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex A
Corridor of Tunnel A
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex A
Inside one of the rooms in Tunnel A
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Tunnel Complex A
Wartime Kitchen – basic but functional

Fire Director Tower

At the end of Tunnel A, you will reach Fire Director Tower, which is located at the tip of Siloso Point where soldiers were once stationed to spot incoming naval ships.

Fire Director Tower features a control tower, a watch shelter, a gun emplacement, and a replica of 12-pounder gun.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Fire Director Tower
12-pounder gun
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Fire Director Tower
12-pounder gun
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Fire Director Tower
Control tower

Surrender Chamber

The Surrender Chamber features the reenactment of British surrender to Japan in 1942, as well as reenactment of Japanese surrender in 1945.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Surrender Chambers
Surrender Chambers is located at the second storey of the building
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Surrender Chambers
Reenactment of British surrender in 1942

The Life of a Soldier

The Life of a Soldier Zone features exhibits related to the life of the British soldiers in Pulau Blakang Mati (Sentosa). Here, you can see interesting replica of soldier’s living quarter (Barrack Room), Laundry Room, Cookhouse and Tailor’s Shop.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Life of a Soldier
Barrack Room

Outside of the buildings, you’ll find soldiers at the Parbuckle, a rope system used to transport heavy machineries / ammunitions up and down the hill.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Life of a Soldier
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Life of a Soldier

Guns of Fort Siloso

There are so many guns at Fort Siloso. Each cluster of guns has its own accompanying explanation.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Guns of Sentosa
Row of guns located between Tunnel A and Surrender Chambers
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Guns of Sentosa
One of the many guns located near Life of a Soldier Zone
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Guns of Sentosa
One of the many guns located near Life of a Soldier Zone
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Guns of Sentosa
Four guns located beside Surrender Chambers building

Waves of the Straits

Waves of the Straits is located at Fort Siloso Road. Basically, this is the exit of Fort Siloso. Along the road, you can see many impressive murals painted on the side as well as on the road itself. The murals are painted by Yip Yew Chong, a Singaporean artist who draws majority of murals all around Singapore.

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore -Waves of the Straits
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore -Waves of the Straits
Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore -Exit
Exit of Fort Siloso

Food near Fort Siloso

I did not see any food/drink stalls or vending machine at Fort Siloso. The nearest place to get food/drink would be the convenient stores at Siloso Point.

Tips

1. Allow at least 3 hours of time to explore the entire Fort Siloso and Skywalk. Fort Siloso compound is really huge and I think 3 hours is the bare minimum time required to explore the entire fort.

2. Go early. The last admission to the exhibit is 5.30pm. Assuming you need 3 hours to explore the entire fort, the latest you need to enter is 2.30pm. I’d recommend that you go before 2.30 pm.

3. Wear comfortable shoes. Fort Siloso is full of hills and steps. Since you’ll be walking for 3 hours, I recommend that you wear a pair of comfortable shoes.

4. Bring water. Even though there is a water point, during this time, I don’t think it’s a good idea to take water from a public water point. Do bring your own water.

5. Bring umbrella. Most part of the fort is unsheltered, so do bring umbrella to be protected from rain or hot weather.

References

1. Roots: Fort Siloso
2. NLB: Fort Siloso

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