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In Singaporean popular consciousness, the Changi district has long embodied a beachside idyll, and indeed the beach at Changi Point remains popular today, though it’s no great shakes. Most tourists who head this far east come to see the wartime Changi Museum, which is a little way before Changi Point.

The infamous Changi Prison was the site of a World War II POW camp in which Japanese jailers subjected Allied prisoners, both military and civilian, to the harshest of treatment. Those brutalities are movingly remembered in theChangi Museum. Formerly housed within the prison itself, which is still in use – drug offenders are periodically executed here – the museum was moved wholesale just up the road when the prison was extended a few years ago.

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