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Battlebox gets ‘hacked’ during the Travel &Tourism Hackathon 2014

Selfies have been sweeping the internet and whether we prefer the duckface smirk or the coyly suggestive close-up, selfies have become a mainstay of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This may have been the inspiration behind the winning idea from the guys at Go Places!, who pitched the idea of having a pictorial guide customized to the taste of visitors to the Battlebox (managed by SHC).

Their creative and innovative idea was crowdsourced from over 20 digital agencies who took part in the Travel & Tourism Hackathon 2014 that was co-organised by the Singapore Tourism Board and The Barnett Group. Held over the last weekend in November, the hackathon was an avenue where industry partners could explore digital solutions to enhance the storytelling and experience creation of travel attractions in Singapore

The Battlebox was one of the sub-challenges which got more than half of the 20 teams wanting to “hack” the experience within the highly secretive Underground Command Centre where the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese took place.

Thanks to the guys at Go Places! (now $2500 richer from the prize money) your next selfie as a pilot flying the Mitsubishi Zero can be featured in your very own Battlebox pictorial guide book!

SHC contributes to the Singapore Special 2015 Edition of Condé Nast Traveller

Mr Jeya Ayadurai, Director of SHC was interviewed about Fort Canning Hill

Milestones of Singapore's history

 

Singapore History Consultants Pte Ltd and its associate company, Journeys Pte Ltd, are delighted to announce that we have been featured on the Singapore Special 2015 Edition of Condé Nast Traveller. A total of three articles, namely ‘Women & Vice: A Walking Tour of Chinatown & Geylang’ (p. 42), ‘Rise of the Lion’ (p.  46) and Fort Canning Hill, 1859 (p. 124) were published with inputs from Mr Jeya Ayadurai, a historian and also the Director of The Changi Museum, Journeys Pte Ltd and the Singapore History Consultants Pte Ltd.

‘Women & Vice: A Walking Tour of Chinatown & Geylang’ (p. 42) gives tourists a sneak peek into the tour, Secrets of the Red Lantern™ conducted every Friday evening from 6.00pm – 8.30pm by Journeys Pte Ltd. Travel back to 19th-century Singapore and listen to the stories of the day-to-day lives of prostitutes unfold at the present-day shophouses which once were brothels, opium dens and even a slave-trading house. Then bus across and venture with us down the streets and alleys of Geylang where entertainment, in its rawest form, is still practised today.* Due to the nature of the content, only those aged 18 years and above are allowed on this tour.

Interested to find out the milestones that made Singapore what she is today? The ‘Rise of the Lion’ (p. 46) is the article for you! It summarises a total of nine milestones in Singapore’s history, beginning in 1819 with Sir Stamford Raffles’ discovery of Singapore, all the way to 2015 where Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence in August.

In the last article, head back to the 14th century and uncover the history of Fort Canning Hill. Previously named Bukit Larangan or ‘Forbidden Hill’, the hill is also the site of the Battlebox, where Lieutenant General Percival made the fateful decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese in World War II. For more fascinating snippets, please refer to ‘Fort Canning Hill, 1859’ (p. 124).

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2008: Renaissance City Plan III: Heritage Development Plan (National Heritage Board)