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Monday, September 27, 2010

A piece of history and nature on new stamps from Singapore

One of the 11 World War II sites in Singapore is now featured on Singapore postage stamps.

Officially opened in 1954 and gazetted by the National Heritage Board as one of 11 World War II sites in Singapore in 1995, the Kent Ridge Park is a 47-hectare public park located in western part of Singapore - between the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Science Park.

The Kent Ridge Park, formerly known as Pasir Panjang Ridge, was used as a fortress by the British to defend Singapore against Japanese invasion in 1942. The site for the Battle for Pasir Panjang, one of the last battles bitterly fought by the Malay Regiment against the Japanese Army during World War II, was at Bukit Chandu, a hill in the park. Today, a colonial bungalow at 31K Bukit Chandu has been restored and converted into a World War II war museum - Reflections at Bukit Chandu, commemorating the patriots.

Apart from historical significance, the Kent Ridge Park with its undisturbed habitat and abundant flora and fauna offers an educational nature trail. And the importance of this park is celebrated through the Heritage Trail: Kent Ridge Park Trail stamp issue released by SingPost.

Besides the complete set of four stamps (S$2.87), SingPost is also releasing a Presentation Pack (S$4.65) and Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with the complete set of stamps (S$3.70).