180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir

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The burning sensation on the wounds started to manifest on day 2 with some swelling…

Date 180112, Bobby and me met up at Macritchie reservoir with a adventurer’s mindset – Explore Syonan Shinto shrine made by British POW and Japanese Army in WWII to commemorate those Japanese soldiers that died in war.

The only preparation we did the night before was to search for a possible map, basic landmarks to watch out for and ration (water and choc).

To be frank, It was quite mad to go there with such minimal preparation, especially without compass or gps. We walked from Venus drive all the way to Terentang trail (the entrance is before ranger station from this direction) where we stumble upon the infamous 3 large stones.

Our journey begins.

We started trekking based on estimation of the path most taken. We followed some markers placed by others who were here before but until some point we got misled. We were supposed to reach to the water tank area but we ended in a wrong direction. What was before us, were purely entangled branches and bushes to bash through without any parang… We used our hands and legs to carve a way through the dense forest.

To some point, I felt pretty desperate… Bobby suggested me to use my iPhone compass to navigate and veer ourselves to the location. It was then that we realized we were heading directly towards the shrine! We persevered and just went for the direction towards the water bank where we can reach the pathway leading to the shrine.

 After 1/2 hour of intense bashing through the thick undergrowth (including the thorny branch that slashed my forehead), we finally reached the water bank.

I felt a huge sense of relief when we reached a proper pathway. Following the compass on my iPhone, we stumbled upon the steps of the shrine within 5 minutes.

There was a sudden rush of ecstasy as though a explorer unraveled a hidden treasure!

We spent the next 20 minutes exploring the remains of the shrine, checking out the purification basins and the round stones, which akins to the pillar structure of that area.  

After that, we started to make our way back to our start point, this time, following the “official” route before it gets too late.

It took us an about 1/2 to an hour to get out of this forest.

Tips (not in order):

1) Trust the pink or striped red-white markers only! Backtrack if you cannot see it unless you are willing to bash through, like us. =D

2) Bring a proper compass

3) Bring parang or at least a pocket knife

4) Bring a map of the place

5)Wear proper trekking shoes (Thorns may pierce through shoes. A thorn pierced through my trekking shoes so imagine what it can do to your running shoes)

6) Wear a pair of glasses (Be it you are 6/6 in vision as some thorns may swing backwards on your face unknowingly)

More information about Shinto Shrine:

http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_236_2004-12-24.html
http://www.spi.com.sg/spi_files/shinto_shrine/shinto_shrine_close_up.htm

 Enjoy my simple pictures!

180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir
180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir

180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir

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7 thoughts on “180112 Syonan Shinto Shrine Macritchie Reservoir

  1. Excellent write up, it always amazed me that so few people in Singapore actually know about the shrine let alone have made the effort to visit it. As you say, it is not straightforward to find, a friend and I went there in early 2012 but took our 4 year old sons with us. We had gps and compass but still managed to get lost. In fact we had to make up time on the way back, by wading across the narrow end of the lake rather than get stuck in the dark there !

    1. U guys are pretty daring to bring ya sons along!

      Your finale to wade across the river is quite a risky stint too as I heard there are crocs there at times BUT it definitely beats staying overnight in this place. Lol.

      Back to this shrine, we also got lost initially. Luckily we managed to find our way by using the waterline as a gauge. Glad to know you managed to visit it too and I believe it was definitely worth while (definitely a yes for me)

      thanks for dropping by my post too!

  2. heyy thanks for the write up! im planning to go this weekend with a girlfriend of mine (both of us are ladies) we have no experience with compass/gps and all, so we were just planning to follow the markers along the way. – is it a wise idea?

    1. Janice,

      Well, I don’t exactly suggest that because there are some markers that are misleading. I would suggest going early AS well as bringing some tapes to mark your way IN CASE you get lost and you can back track.

      Good Luck!

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