|Shinto Shrine at MacRitchie Reservoir|
|Temizuya" water pavilion|
|Granite steps leading to the shrine|
|source: Syonan Shimbun|
|Remains of the bridge|
|Close up of the wooden pillars of the remains of the bridge|
Construction of the Syonan JinjaConstruction for the shrine was announced on April /May 1942. The Shrine was known as "Syonan Jinja" and was to be built in the MacRitchie Reservoir area while a Pagoda, known as "Syonan Tyureito" or "Syonan Chureito" was erected at Bukit Batok Hill. The person put in charge to oversee this was Captain Yokoyama, with the help of 10,000 prisoners of war (POW) made up of British and Australian POW's.
On 7 May 1942, the foundation stone of the shrine was laid by Lieutenant-General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese forces in Malaya. The enshrinement ceremony was held on February 15, 1943 in conjunction with the birth of Syonan or the fall of Singapore.
|POW working on the Shrine (source: Himoji)|
|POW painting the bridge (source: Himoji.jp)|
Destruction of the Syonan JinjaJust before the surrender of Japanese occupied Singapore, the Japanese Military Authorities set fire to the shrine to prevent its desecration. What remains is preserved as it is in the jungles of MacRitchie Reservoir as a stark reminder of what happened over 70 years ago.
What is the future of this place? Currently, there are no plans by National Parks / National Heritage Board to make this place accessible.
Shrine & Pagoda For Syonan. (1942, May 8). Syonan Times
Syonan Jinja Enshrinement. (1943, February12). Syonan Shimbun, page 1
Homage To Syonan Jinja. (1943,February 17). Syonan Shimbun, page 1
Scene at Synonan Jinja, Bukit Timah. (1944, April 26). Syonan Times