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Singapore prison gate becomes national monument

The entrance gate, wall and turrets of Singapore’s Changi Prison have been gazetted as a national monument in commemoration of the city-state’s wartime experience.

A Changi Prison cell door, on display at the National Museum of Singapore.
A Changi Prison cell door, on display at the National Museum of Singapore. Image by Jack at Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 2.0

The inscription of Singapore’s 72nd national monument coincides with the 15 February, 1942 anniversary of the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese during World War II. Designed as a maximum security prison, Changi was completed in 1936. The prison and its surrounding barracks formed the principal prisoner-of-war camp in Southeast Asia. Read more: straitstimes.com