This chapel and museum commemorate the lives lost by the soldiers living under the Japanese occupation (1942-45). During this time, several thousand prisoners were sent to the railway site to work in brutal conditions. The chapel is a replica of the several chapels made during the Japanese occupation by Allied Prisoners. The particular original chapel it was based on was disassembled after the war and reassembled in Australia. Renewed interest in the building by prisoners of war- POWs – as well as their relatives led the Singapore Prison Service and the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board to pledge to jointly rebuild it. Its history and rebuilding marks not only the strength of people who were oppressed in the past, but the increasing interconnectedness of the world in war and in peace.
The Chapel Museum is dedicated to the soldiers of World War II. This institution’s mission is to serve generations of people so that they may witness and be inspired by the heroes of Changi from the time of the war. The museum thus aspires to serve as an educational institution for its visitors as well as a resource center to researchers.
These are new buildings that took the place of the older Changi Prison Chapel and Museum. They were relocated for the expansion of Changi Prison and they were officially re-opened in February 2001.
Explore the past
- The museum contains photographs, drawings, and letters from the period of the Japanese Occupation. From this collection you can compare life in Changi Prison before, during and after WWII. Several of these items were donated by former POWs.
- The museum also contains a replica of The Changi Murals: a series of wall paintings based on the originals by British POW Stanley Warren, which he completed in May 1943. He was said to have painted the murals out of gratefulness to God for being alive.
- Marvel at an original 15th century Samurai sword which was given up by a defeated Japanese general.
- There are regular screenings of documentary videos such as Elizabeth Choy and Changi Through The Eyes of Hazworth.
Witness and take part in the memorial services that are open to all visitors
- A central courtyard, lined on both sides with simple pews, houses a small chapel.
- The chapel notice board contains several notes in homage to POWs.
- Chapel services are held every evening from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
- There is also a special Sunday service every Sunday at 9:00 am.
If you find yourself particularly interested in the effects of world events on this area during the WWII era, go to Changi University, a corner of the museum housing a collection of literature and rare books detailing life during those years.
Soak in the rustic setting
Relax in the Bark Café, an open-air restaurant surrounded by a lush garden of local garden plants. These are the same vegetable-yielding plants several that Singapore residents had in their households during the time of the Japanese Occupation.
This historic monument provides a wonderfully insightful immersion into Changi’s past.
1000 Upper Changi Road North,
Tel: (+65) 6214 2451
Fax: (+65) 6214 1179
9:30 am to 5:00 pm, daily.