The Former Combined Operations Room Exhibition

Situated in a bomb-proof bunker, the Former Combined Operations Room (fCOR) is a significant and iconic historical structure of the Singapore Police Force.

It was the nerve centre where major crises that have shaped current Singapore were managed and resolved. These include the numerous communal and communist related incidents, such as the 1956 Chinese Middle School Riots, Konfrontasi, and the 1969 racial riots.

The exhibition re-creates the 1950s settings and furnishings of the fCOR. Specifically, it references the period after 25 October 1956 when combined operations between the army and police were activated after 4,000 students protested against the de-registering of the Singapore Chinese Middle School Students' Union (SCMSSU).  The students staged a stay-in demonstration that progressively turned violent.


fCOR Virtual Exhibition

Tour the exhibition

Visit the original bunker that housed the fCOR. You can book a guided tour of the exhibition for yourself or for a group. Admission is free.

Each tour lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes and will be conducted mainly in English. The maximum capacity per session is 10 participants per tour.

Note: Visitors are encouraged to make prior bookings to ensure availability of preferred tour slots.

Book a Tour

 To book a tour with us, follow these steps:

1. Choose a tour timing

The exhibition tours run from Tuesday till Saturday. We are closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

You can choose from the following daily tour timings:

  • 1st Tour - 10.00am
  • 2nd Tour - 10.45am
  • 3rd Tour - 11.30am
  • 4th Tour - 2.00pm
  • 5th Tour - 2.45pm
  • 6th Tour - 3.30pm
  • 7th Tour - 4.15pm

2. Send us your booking details

Email your booking to fcor@hta.gov.sg during office hours (9am to 5pm), Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Please provide the following information in your e-mail:

  • Name:
  • Contact number:
  • No. of visitors:
  • Preferred day and time slot 1:
  • Preferred day and time slot 2:
  • Preferred day and time slot 3:

Note: Do allow us some time to make the arrangements and get back to you. Please ensure that we have confirmed your booking before you come to the venue. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.




Getting Here

Our location

The Former Combined Operations Room (fCOR) Exhibition,
195 Pearl's Hill Terrace,
Singapore 168976

Public transport

From Chinatown MRT, use exit C to get to the People's Park Complex Food Centre. Exit from the back of the Food Centre and take a flight of stairs up to 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace. The  exhibition site is on the left of the building.

Parking

There is a public car park at the venue. Alternatively, you may park at:

  • People's Park Multi-Storey Car Park - Walk along Park Crescent, up a flight of stairs to 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace. The exhibition site is on the left of the building.
  • Car Park at the former Lower Barracks along Eu Tong Sen Street - Walk up the hill along Pearl's Hill Terrace to arrive at the exhibition site.

There is no complimentary parking available. 

Safety Tips for your Visit: 

As the exhibition is held in the original bunker, please inform the guide if you have any respiratory illnesses or prior history of asthma as a precaution. The guide would be able to pay more attention to you and stop the tour if you are feeling unwell.

The corridors in the bunker are narrow. You are encouraged not to use or bring prams, wheelchairs, and bulky items to the exhibition.

In the event of rain, umbrellas will be provided but the ground may be slippery. Therefore, please refrain from wearing slippers or shoes that are worn out when coming for the exhibition to prevent unnecessary injuries.


Front view of the fCOR exhibition site from the entrance of Pearl’s Hill Terrace


Entrance of the fCOR exhibition office



 

Our Stories

Read first-hand accounts of what it was like to serve at the Combined Operations Room.

CPT (Ret) Donald Wyatt

Mr Wyatt was among the first batch of about 400 called up for National Service in Singapore and the Singapore Corp of Signals was formed from that group.

"During the 1969 race riots in Singapore, I was the O.I.C. of the Public Relations Branch MID and I actually sat in the 'well' observing the development of security operations on the ground as they were tracked on the screen. Sometime at about 12 midnight, a press statement was prepared and I would take it along with a police escort and delivered the press release to the main newspapers in Singapore."

- CEED Alumni member, CPT (Ret) Donald Wyatt

 

Mr George Mathews

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As a young police officer, George’s first posting was to the Command Operations Room where he was made to guard the entrance for eight-hour stretches. 

From 1975 – 1995, George was part of the police force, and though he has seen his fair share of heists and other heinous crimes, it was this particular incident that left the deepest impression in his life.

“It was at Chin Swee Road,” recalls George. “There was a girl on the fifteenth floor who was about to jump down but I was able to catch her and pull her in.”

“The first question she asked was, ‘why did you save me?’.” 

“I just said, ‘it is my duty’.”

Madam Evelyn Wong

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Madam Evelyn Wong starts to choke with emotion as she recalls a particular day at the Paya Lebar Police Station. It was in the 1960s and that faithful day, a riot had broken out. Stationed in the front office, Madam Wong suddenly found herself facing streams of bloodied people seeking medical attention. Ambulance after ambulance, she called for help as fast as she could, but the wounded continued to come in through the doors.

Having joined the police force when she was just 18, Madam Wong lets in that she was really just “looking for a job”, but it was one that turned into a passion, lasting some 32 years. She recalls the three years spent at the Combined Operations Room where she became a “Triple Nine girl”, taking distress calls from the public and despatching the radio cars where they were needed.

“It was very stressful,” she recalls, sharing that gangster fights and armed robberies were commonplace. Those days, students also went on strikes and there was even a hijacking case.

In retrospect, Madam Wong shares that she now feels “excited” thinking about her days of action in the police force, but she is thankful that the Singapore we have today is peaceful, safe and secure.

Note: Image and story are courtesy of Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office.