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Why Fort Canning Park is special ?
Fort Canning Park is one of Singapore's most historic landmarks. It has witnessed Singapore's golden age, when Malay Kings ruled from its peak, and watched as the island transformed into a vibrant trading trading port in the 19th century. During World War II, the hill was instrumental in Singapore's war efforts with numerous military buildings located there. One of these buildings was the Fort Canning Bunker or Battle Box, where the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese was made by the British. Many artefacts from Singapore's colourful history have survived on the hill and are still visible today. The ancient glory of the hill has been recreated and featured in the World of Temasek - a free online virtual game set in the 14th century kingdom of Temasek. Today, Fort Canning Park's distinctive charm remains. Its ancient artefacts are a must-see for history buffs, and its lush greenery and expansive lawns offer a variety of arts, heritage and nature experiences.
What to explore at Fort Canning Park?
Some highlights include the Maritime Corner @ Fort Canning which tells the story of Singapore's evolution from an entrepot trading post to an international maritime centre, and the Fort Gate, a remnant of a fortress built that was built here in the 19th Century. There's also the Spice Garden, the ASEAN Sculpture Garden and Battle Box, a former underground military complex that was used in WWII.
The outdoor lawns draw picnics, concerts, theatre productions and festivals, while weddings, parties and gatherings are a regular sight in the park's elegant indoor function rooms. Visit the park today and experience the tranquillity once enjoyed by the Malay royals of yore.
How to get to Fort Canning Park?
- Terriffic overview of early Singapore
- An oasis of history
- Interesting and historical
- Peaceful escape
- Good history and morning excercise
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Tips for you
This is one of SG's best recreational places and allows visitors to learn more about the country’s history. Highlights include Spice Garden, Gothic Gates, Raffles' House, and Keramat Iskandar Shah.
Go on the DIY trail (http://bit.ly/bwFPer) to view majestic trees. BONUS! Check "I've Done This" and flash the "Congrats! You've Done This" screen to our staff at Fort Canning Centre to claim a gift
Great outdoor venue for Concerts!
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Climb onto the hill and sit with your loved one. Enjoy the scenery!
I took a quick early evening run from YMCA to Fort Canning and ended up staying for hours.Fort Canning, located at a hill which used to house defenses for the 'old' Singapura is a free park and historical site in one. It's a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of commercial Singapore and you could spend hours jogging and enjoying the flowers, trees and birds.The views of the city from Fort Canning are spectacular. There are historical markers which offer visitors a glimpse of Singapore's past.I particularly enjoyed the old cemetery with the lovely open area used for performances.Highly recommended!
There are several entrances to this Park - I took the escalator next to the National Museum. I then followed the signs through the Spice Garden and the archaeological dig to the Fort Canning Centre - not much was happening here (it would be a nice location for a coffee shop) but I was able to pick up a map of the Park which assisted my exploration of the area and my understanding of what I was seeing.The map suggests three self guided walks - heritage trees, Singapore's Ancient History and Singapore's's Colonial History. By circling the top of the hill and descending via Raffles House, the Flagstaff, the Lighthouse and the Mural Wall, I saw most of the sights. From Raffles Terrace there is a great view towards the Marina Bay area. I was disappointed that the Battle Box was closed (indefinitely and without explanation, if I remember correctly). I stopped for a morning coffee at the Glass House Cafe in Hotel Fort Canning.
Good:-This place is part of Singapore's colonial history, which Sir Stamford Raffles did as part of his city planning.-Many famous people have their graves, scattered around the premise.-Still in its original condition.Bad:-Mosquitos are present.-No eateries.-Hot weather.
I took a quick early evening run from YMCA to Fort Canning and ended up staying for hours. Fort Canning, located at a hill which used to house defenses for the 'old' Singapura is a free park and historical site in one. It's a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of commercial Singapore and you could spend hours jogging and enjoying the flowers, trees and birds. The views of the city from Fort Canning are spectacular. There are historical markers which offer visitors a glimpse of Singapore's past. I particularly enjoyed the old cemetery with the lovely open area used for performances. Highly recommended! Visited June 2013
It's big, and it's open, and great for a mosh, especially when the weather permits... which is exactly what happened at the Sigur Ros concert last month. If you were there, you'd know... and remember fondly how the Gods opened the gates at the precise moment the encore began, and the world sang Svefn-g-englar with us. Okay love and world peace moment aside, this place just has history. Great bands/concerts/plays/ballets have been here, and it's kinda like hallowed ground. then The Meadows by the Gardens by the Bay opened up, and it's the new hot girl in school. But oldies like me will always have a soft spot for Fort Canning, especially with its worn walls, and well-trodden grass. Shopping mall kids, don't except stellar loos, or too much concrete or cement to stand on - it's meant to be a bit dirty outdoors, so be prepared to get a bit of mud on your designer sneakers. Or just wear other shoes. Romantics will appreciate the park around back, and now with the Foothills and The Fabulous Baker Boy? I guess I'm coming back for a while.