195 Pearl's Hill Terrace, #03-17, Singapore 168976

Directions by Train:

Take a 5-minute leisurely walk from Chinatown MRT station, exit C and walk through People's Park Food Centre. 

As you exit from the back of the food centre, you will find a flight of stairs leading up to 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace. We are located on level 3, unit 17. 

Directions by Car:

Turn left into Pearl's Hill Terrace from Eu Tong Sen Street, and drive uphill towards a large blue sign that states

"195 Pearl's Hill Terrace".

Beyond the sign board is a carpark with no grace period. Parking is charged at $0.90 per 30 minutes, one of the cheapest in the CBD. 

Should you be driven, we seek your graciousness to tip the taxi driver a dollar for dropping you off at the lobby. Alternatively, you may alight at the large blue sign and take a 2-minute walk in. 


History of Pearl's Hill Upper Barracks

The Upper Barracks located on Pearl’s Hill is rich in history and bears reminders of Singapore’s turbulent post-war times and the operations carried out to maintain public order. Built at the same time as the Lower Barracks, the strategic location of the buildings allowed the Police to form a system of surveillance and control over the Chinatown area that was plagued with crime and vice. Located on Pearl’s Hill, the three-storey building overlooked Chinatown in an era when skyscrapers have yet to be constructed in the area.

The unique feature in the Upper Barracks lies in the bomb-proof bunker which served as the nerve centre for police communications during crisis and peacetime. This purpose-built Combined Operations Headquarters had managed major crises that have shaped Singapore through the years. It plugged the gap for effective communications and crisis management. It allowed the Police and armed forces to better coordinate joint responses to incidents. The capabilities of the Combined Operations Headquarters were put to the test shortly after its completion due to the outbreak of the Chinese Middle Schools riots in October 1956. Officers were known to have fielded over 5,000 urgent phone calls during the crisis.

Today, the bunker is known as the former Combined Operations Room (fCOR). An exhibition site, recreated with 1950s settings is open for tours at the bunker. Click here for complimentary tour bookings.