Sembawang’s WWII Bunkers

Share
Share
Share
The Sembawang heartlands is home to many underground bunkers and colonial houses. Explore them with us!
Chapters

At-A-Glance

Did you know that Sembawang Park was once upon a time home to a naval base โ€“ this made sense given how it is far north and it was well placed to guard against adversary from the north.
Today, the broader Sembawang heartlands is home to underground bunkers (lots of them!) and colonial houses. They are all close to one another so itโ€™s almost like an Amazing Race adventure as we moved from one spot to another!

Main Highlights

๐ŸŒฒ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ: Its scientific name is mesua ferruginea but it is more commonly known as the Sembawang tree. You can find it at the entrance of Sembawang Park Carpark 1, and it is what gives the heartlands its name!

โ—ผ๏ธ ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: Look out for a small opening in the greens, opposite 158 Gibraltar Crescent and a structure greets you 5-10 metres from the road. Itโ€™s almost like walking into Narnia as a huge banyan tree has wrapped itself around this old bunker @ 158 Gibraltar Crescent
โ—ผ๏ธ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: Right next to Sembawang Park Carpark 2, we can find a grassy crest but itโ€™s actually a bunker that is now inaccessible to all. There is even a helipad opposite this bunker! ๐Ÿš Also look out for an old storehouse along Malta Crescent (before Cyprus Road) that is wrapped by roots and vines.
โ—ผ๏ธ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: These look more like pillboxes than bunkers as they are situated on a hilltop overlooking the main roads. With small openings at the sides, they would have been perfect for soldiers shooting out from them @ 250B Bermuda Road
โ—ผ๏ธ ๐——๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: Chimneys protruding from this bunker, it looks like a house that has been buried underneath the grass patch @ 291 Durban Road
๐Ÿ  ๐—•๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€: Look out for these beautiful heritage houses in the area! They were mainly used as accommodation for the senior British military personnel and their families in the past. They are now managed by the state.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ / ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด?

๐ŸŽ’ Water, snacks, mosquito repellent, sunblock, cap, umbrella/poncho
๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Outdoor attire and shoes

Photo Reel

Sembawang Tree which gives the heartlands its name!
๐Ÿ“ Near entrance of Sembawang Park Carpark 1

Gibraltar Crescent Bunker: Itโ€™s almost like walking into Narnia as a huge banyan tree has wrapped itself around this old bunker.

๐Ÿ“ To get to Gibraltar Crescent Bunker: Look out for an opening in the greens, opposite bungalow @158 Gibraltar Crescent

Head in and you will see Gibraltar Crescent Bunker 5-10 metres from the road.

Malta Crescent Bunker: A grassy crest which is actually a bunker that is now inaccessible to all.
๐Ÿ“Right next to Sembawang Park Carpark 2

There is even a helipad opposite Malta Crescent bunker!

Also look out for an old storehouse along Malta Crescent (before Cyprus Road) that is wrapped by roots and vines.

Durban Road Bunker: Chimneys protruding from this bunker, it looks like a house that has been buried underneath the grass patch.
๐Ÿ“ 291 Durban Road

Bermuda Road Bunkers: These look more like pillboxes than bunkers as they are situated on a hilltop overlooking the main roads.
๐Ÿ“ 250B Bermuda Road

With small openings at the sides, they would have been perfect for soldiers shooting out from them.

Also look out for the beautiful black and white colonial houses in Sembawang!

A map to help your exploration!

Sembawang's WWII Bunkers - Bean there, Done that!โœŒ๏ธ

Sembawang Tree which gives the heartlands its name! ๐Ÿ“ Near entrance of Sembawang Park Carpark 1

Gibraltar Crescent Bunker: Itโ€™s almost like walking into Narnia as a huge banyan tree has wrapped itself around this old...

๐Ÿ“ To get to Gibraltar Crescent Bunker: Look out for an opening in the greens, opposite bungalow @158 Gibraltar Crescent

Head in and you will see Gibraltar Crescent Bunker 5-10 metres from the road.

Malta Crescent Bunker: A grassy crest which is actually a bunker that is now inaccessible to all. ๐Ÿ“Right next to...

There is even a helipad opposite Malta Crescent bunker!

Also look out for an old storehouse along Malta Crescent (before Cyprus Road) that is wrapped by roots and vines.

Durban Road Bunker: Chimneys protruding from this bunker, it looks like a house that has been buried underneath the grass...

Bermuda Road Bunkers: These look more like pillboxes than bunkers as they are situated on a hilltop overlooking the main...

With small openings at the sides, they would have been perfect for soldiers shooting out from them.

Also look out for the beautiful black and white colonial houses in Sembawang!

A map to help your exploration!

Sembawang's WWII Bunkers - Bean there, Done that!โœŒ๏ธ

Watch Us

About the Place

๐Ÿ“ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ?

Check out our map in the Photo Reel โ€“ you can even do it like an Amazing Race pitstop for some competitive family fun!
This information is accurate as of date of posting. If you know of any updates, do shout out to us and weโ€™ll update accordingly!
Share
Share
Share