Resilience Trails

Did you know that kings used to rule Singapore over 700 years ago? Have you ever wondered how our island looks from atop the Southern Ridges? And are you aware that Changi was a major site of captivity during the Japanese Occupation? Uncover these fascinating stories (and more) on the Resilience Trails!

The Resilience Trails is a new series of walking trails that are steeped in the story of Singapore, connecting our past and present in a captivating way. The trails are open to both students (secondary school level and above) and members of the public.

The five Resilience Trails will involve trekking through diverse historical and geographical areas around the island. 3 Trails will be launched in 2012, and 2 trails in 2013. The trails are:

1. The Temasek Trail: Story of a Nation™


Route: From the top of Fort Canning Hill, through the Civic District, ending at the Padang

Duration (includes travelling time): 4 to 5 hours


  • Visit Singapore’s most historic sites and locations in the heart of the city
  • See a fountain that was built over a hundred years ago – and preserved in the city centre till today!
  • Understand the challenges faced by well-known historical figures and Singapore’s first generation of leaders after independence
  • Imbibe inspiring stories of Singapore’s strategic responses to national challenges, and its peoples’ foresight and resilience

2. Ridges of Valour: Of Guts, Grit and Glory™



Route: From Kent Ridge Park to VivoCity waterfront, via the Southern Ridges walking trail

Duration (includes travelling time): 4 to 5 hours


  • Find out about the Battle for Pasir Panjang - one of the last battles against the Japanese army before the Fall of Singapore
  • Learn about the heroism shown by the Malay Regiment soldiers in the face of overwhelming odds during the Battle
  • Appreciate how positive traits such as courage are remembered long after the events are over
  • Visit a decades-old opulent hilltop mansion built by a prominent Arab family in Singapore
  • Enjoy an invigorating walk through some of the most scenic ‘upland’ areas of Singapore - the Southern Ridges

3. Changi Crossroads: A Trek Through Time™

Changi Boardwalk

Route: From The Changi Museum to Changi Beach

Duration (includes travelling time): 4 to 5 hours


  • Explore and appreciate Changi’s natural environment
  • Understand how those interned in the Changi area during the Japanese Occupation were able to face adversity with strength and fortitude
  • Hear about the amazing true tales of comradeship, selflessness and innovativeness shown by the men in overcoming massive constraints during the bleak years of incarceration
  • Visit The Changi Museum, where highlights include the lesser-known stories of the men in captivity, and ‘Wartime Artists’
  • Learn about the impressive transformation of the Changi peninsula into an international air hub

4. War & Peace: The Kranji Experience™


Route: From Sarimbun Beach to Kranji War Cemetery (including Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve & Kranji Reservoir/Dam)

Duration (includes travelling time): 4 to 5 hours


  • Visit the site where Allied soldiers fought a fierce battle against the invading Japanese army in the Second World War
  • Hear about a special farm that is helping Singapore overcome its reliance on imported food
  • Explore Singapore’s only mangrove wetland and understand its significance as a hub for migratory birds
  • Learn about how Singapore is converting its water-supply constraint into a strength and opportunity for growth
  • Visit Kranji War Cemetery and reflect on the sacrifice made by the men and women who defended Malaya and Singapore in the Second World War

5. The Rail Corridor: Our Journey Together Through the Power of Friendship™


Route: From Woodlands Waterfront to the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (following the route of the Rail Corridor)

Duration:  4 to 5 hours (includes travelling time)


  •       Visit the symbol representing the closeness of the friendship between Singapore and Malaysia
  •        Hear about how the theory of evolution was also discovered right here in Southeast Asia
  •      Learn how a housing estate has brought back the kampong spirit among its residents
  •      Explore the former railway stations at Bukit Timah and Tanjong Pagar
  •      Learn about how the power of friendships helped to resolve disputes between countries

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