(Re)Discovering Old Changi Hospital

14 09 2018

Registration is closed as all slots have been taken up

Look out for next visit in the series to the Garrison Churches of Tanglin on 3 Nov 2018.

Pre-registration is necessary – no walk-ins will be permitted. As a condition for the visit, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) requires a unique registration (with a unique name and particulars) for each participant, who should be of age 18 and above.

“Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets” makes a return to Old Changi Hospital on 29 September 2018 (9.30 to 11 am). The visit, aimed at those who missed the one last year, will provide participants with a rare opportunity to take a peek inside the former hospital and also learn about its much misunderstood past (sorry to disappoint you, but contrary to popular belief. nothing really much happened here during the Japanese Occupation – the hospital, when the Changi Garrison was used as an extended POW camp was set up at Roberts Barracks).

The former hospital, well regarded by RAF personnel and their families, traces its history back to 1947 when the RAF set it up in the newly established Air Station, RAF Changi. Two blocks built in the 1930s for the Royal Engineers’ Kitchener Barracks, were used. A new building was added in the 1960s. One of the things that the hospital was then well known for was its very busy maternity section.

The pull-out of the British forces in late 1971, saw it come under the command of the ANZUK Forces as the ANZUK Military Hospital. It briefly became the UK Military Hospital in 1975 with the withdrawal of the Australian ANZUK contingent. The Singapore Armed Forces then ran the hospital in 1975/76 before it was handed over to the Ministry of Health. It was operated as Changi Hospital from 1 July 1976 until it closed in January 1997.

Visit details
(All spaces have been taken up and registration is closed)

More on its history : A wander through old Changi Hospital

Photographs from last year’s visit: A visit to Old Changi Hospital

“Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets” guided State Property visits are organised by Jerome Lim, The Long and Winding Road, with the support of the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

More on the series:




11 responses

14 09 2018
Richard Aston

I got this email at 12.17pm, clicked the link at 12.20pm and all the slots had already been taken!!


15 09 2018
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

It all probably went in the time it took the email notification to be sent out. The post was scheduled to go on at 12:15 and the last successful registrant submitted just past 12:17.

14 09 2018
Constable lim

Y the old changi hospital slot so fast taken ??

15 09 2018
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

There is a huge demand due to the rare opportunity to visit, and limited spaces.

14 09 2018

I have been refreshing the page since 12:14pm, it didn’t even appear until 12:18pm, and all slots were also taken ): Honestly, harder than bidding for school modules.

15 09 2018
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Refreshing probably isn’t the best option due to your browser’s cache.

14 09 2018
Grace Beulah

Dear Jerome,

Can’t seem to be able to register.

Can you help ?


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15 09 2018
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

I am afraid that the spaces went two minutes of registration opening.

22 09 2018
Andi Irvina

How can I register to visit the old Changi hospital and other places? When is the next availability come up?

25 09 2018
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Next up is the Garrison Churches of Tanglin on 3 Nov, Registration will be on 19 Oct 2018.

25 09 2018
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

There are limited spaces on these tours for various reasons including for safety and constraints posed by the sites being visited and time permitted. Hence, spaces on them are generally taken up in a matter of minutes. The situation is not too dissimilar to some of the popular intertidal walks that NParks organises – spaces on those get snapped up in less than a minute:


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