Mount Serapong battery, SingaporeMount Serapong battery, Singapore

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A lost fortress in Singapore jungle with an amazing view over the city...

My experience, Explo description: 

In the past, on contrary as today, the top of the Serapong hill was clear. Because of its strategic place at the east entrance of the port, it was covered with military installations and a large water reservoir. Thus, Mount Serapong acquired a nickname : “Cement Hill”.

The first military equipments there was an infantry redoubt built at the end of the 19th, to strengthen Singapore coastal defences, supposed to protect a British 70,000 tons of coal reserve. Then, a 8 Inch battery was installed.

In 1910 and 1911, a second battery was built. The site has been modernised during the 30’s, and the battery was then equipped with 9.2 Inch guns. It was then called Serapong Battery. Surprisingly, this battery did never fire a shot in anger. Indeed, it was oriented towards the sea, whereas the Japanese attacked by land…

After WW2, the battery was not rearmed. A concrete platform was built fo a saluting Howitzer battery.

Visit the remains into the jungle. There are also undergrounds that you can visit. Be careful, and take some light if you want to get in.

From the saluting concrete platform on the top of the hill, you will have an amazing view over Singapore and the harbour.

From the top of the road, you can have an overview of the Connaught battery (NE – 300m). This battery is now located in Sentosa’s Tanjong Golf Course : its access is restricted.

My personal recommendations: 

Be careful if you explore Mount Serapong remains. Don’t forget these ruins are in the jungle : dangerous animals live there : Pythons, Cobras, and Green Tree Snakes

How getting there: 

The Serapong battery is located on Sentosa island. To get to Sentosa : Take the North-East Line and alight at the HarbourFront MRT Station. From there, you may either go to the 3rd level of VivoCity shopping mall, transfer onto the Sentosa Express or you may follow the signs to the HarbourFront Bus interchange (3$).

When you are on the island, take a bus and lay down at the crossroad between Artillery avenue and Allanbrooke road. The battery is 2km (E) away from Sentosa gateway.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 

1h

Entry fees: 

Free