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Syonan Jinja


Sime Road, Singapore 288300 (Junction between Lornie and Sime Road)

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Syonan Jinja, together with Syonan Chureito (a Japanese war memorial in Bukit Batok), was built in 1942 in memory of the Japanese soldiers who died fighting in the invasion of Singapore. It was named after Singapore, which was known as Syonan-To (“Light of the South”) during the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945). The Shinto shrine hosted ceremonies commemorating significant events — such as New Year’s Day and the Japanese Emperor’s birthday — until it was destroyed after the Second World War. Today, remnants of the shrine are covered in vegetation in the MacRitchie Catchment Area.

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