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Raffles Hotel – Singapore

The Raffles Hotel, Singapore.

The Japanese occupation:

During World War II, the Raffles was renamed Syonan Ryokan (昭南旅館 shōnan ryokan?), incorporating Syonan ("Light of the South"), the Japanese name for occupied Singapore, and ryokan, the name for a traditional Japanese inn. More than 300 Japanese troops committed suicide in the hotel using grenades following the liberation of Singapore.

The hotel survived World War II despite the hardships Singapore faced and the use of the hotel at the end of the war as a transit camp for prisoners of war.

 

In 1987, the government declared the hotel a National Monument.

Source - Wikipedia

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Taken on November 28, 2009