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Published on Oct 7, 2013
To join the Singapore Ingress Resistance community, follow the instructions at http://resistance.ingress.sg ******************************* Of the 4000 portals in Singapore, Syonan Jinja is one the most interesting on the tropical island state. In a city known more for its malls, casinos and cleanliness, this historical site combines 3 diverse, yet fascinating pursuits. Hiking, Ingress and military history.
Syonan Jinja was opened on the 15th February 1943 after 10 months of construction by 20,000 Allied prisoners of war.
Modeled after the Ise Grand Shrine in Japan, it was meant as a memorial for the Japanese soldiers who died in the conquest of Malaya and Sumatra during the Second World War.
The shrine was burnt to the ground just before the Japanese surrendered Singapore to the British. All that remains of the shrine is its ceremonial font, carved out of a single granite boulder, which was used for ritual purification.
The bridge to the shrine, spanning the waters of the Macritchie Reservoir, was also destroyed.
Today, the jungle has reclaimed much of the shrine, and the ruins are accessible via two methods. The first is a 40 minute hike through dense jungle. The second requires the fording of a 20 meter wide waist deep stream. However, a member of the Singapore Resistance has found another method.
A highly skilled Parkour instructor, he makes light work of the water fording section by hopping across using the broken bridge stumps and finds other obstacles in the jungle to overcome with his skills.