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Fort Canning Park , Singapore Overview

An iconic hilltop landmark of Singapore, the Fort Canning Park offers diverse recreational activities along with entertainment, historical, educational and cultural experiences. Overlooking Orchard Road and National Museum of Singapore, Fort Canning Park has witnessed major historical milestones of Singapore as the hill once sited the palaces of the 14th-century kings while serving as the headquarters of Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. Formerly known as the "Forbidden Hill", today, Fort Canning Park houses 9 historical gardens and is a popular spot for hiking and artistic activity.

The nine historical gardens at the Canning Park include Artisan's Garden, Jubilee Park (Phase 1), Pancur Larangan, Sang Nila Utma Garden, First Botanic Garden, Raffles Garden, Spice garden, Armenian Street Park and Farquhar Garden. The park of the fort complex is frequently used for various entertainment purposes such as picnics, concerts, festivals and theatre performances. Other attractions at Fort Canning Park are the remnants of Singapore's early past, dating back to as far as 14th century and the personal bungalow of Sir Stamford Raffles. Tourists can also witness the imitation of the spice market that Raffles started in 1822 along with sculptures that were built in the 1980s. It offers a perfect tranquil space for family and friends.

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Fort Canning Park Attractions

1. Raffles Garden
Raffles Garden was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern-day Singapore. This garden is characterized by the Raffles House that is set high on the hills and offers a stunning view of the Marina Bay Sands. Raffles Garden is filled with plant species that had its roots in South-East Asia.

2. Sang Nila Utama Garden
Sang Nila Utama Garden was named after a legendary king who landed in ancient Singapore in 1299. This garden features old palaces and murals that resemble the ones built in the 14th century on Fort Canning Hill.

3. Artisan's Garden (Archaeological Dig)
Artisan's Garden replicates the 14th-century artisan's workshop where they used to develop different items used in the royal palaces. There are exhibits that shed light into the excavations that took place in the Fort Canning Hill. As a result, this garden is also known as ‘The Archaeological Dig'.

4. Spice Garden
As the name suggests, Spice Garden features a lush spice plantation where visitors can learn about different spices in that region. The garden comprises of common spice plants such as basil, lemongrass and more that are used in everyday cooking.

5. Farquhar Garden
Named after William Farquhar, Farquhar Garden flaunts numerous plant species that was admired by him. There are giant frames installed in different vantage points where photographers can use their skills.

6. Armenian Street Park
Armenian Street Park is pedestrianised and boasts of plants that were noteworthy to the Peranakan culture. The plants stand in planter boxes on both sides of the street and exude a scenic opulence.

7. Pancur Larangan (Forbidden Spring)
Pancur Larangan features the bathing place of the royal ladies of Fort Canning Hill. It flaunts the Javanese architectural style that originated in the 14th century.

8. Jubilee Park
Originally, Jubilee Park was a well known recreational centre that was packed with a swimming pool, theatre and aquarium. Presently, this park stands at the same place in Fort Canning Park and includes different structures for the kids to play with.

9. First Botanic Garden
In 1822, Singapore had its first Botanic Garden in Fort Canning Hills. This park recreated the Botanic Garden that comprises of five zones featuring street scenes between Bras Basah Road and Fort Canning Hill.

10. Keramat Iskandar Shah
Fort Canning Park houses the memorial of Iskandar Shah, the last Malay king of Singapore. Although it is not a proven fact, that his body was buried here. The memorial is the embodiment of Singapore's glorious past.

11. Fort Canning Green
Fort Canning Green is a lush space that is enclosed with ancient landmarks dating back to the 18th century. This lawn offers a natural setting for outdoor events and concerts with a capacity of 500 seats and over 5000 standing guests.

12.  Maritime Corner
Maritime Corner gives valuable insight into the sea trade and maritime activities around the 19th century. It is an ideal place to enjoy an evening stroll amidst the verdant environment wrapped in tranquillity.

The Battlebox

The Battle Box is a museum and a tourist attraction, popularly known as the Fort Canning Bunker. The Battle Box was built in 1936 as a World War II British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill in the heart of the city of Singapore. The Malaya Command had a part of their headquarters here. It was inside the walls of Battlebox that the British decided to surrender Singapore to the Japanese. Now, the Battlebox museum unveils true causes that led to the disastrous and largest capitulation in British History.

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How To Reach Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Station
Take Exit B from Fort Canning MRT Station and turn left towards Jubilee Park.

Dhoby Ghaut Station
Take the Exit B from Dhoby Ghaut Station, turn left after crossing Penang Road. Walk along the tunnel to reach the park.

Clarke Quay Station
Take the Exit E from Clarke Quay Station and walk towards Coleman Bridge, turn left and walk towards the overhead bridge. Get to Fort Canning Park just after crossing the bridge.

Kindly note, there are covered escalators that connect the park to the Fort Canning and the Bras Basah MRT Station.

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