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Fort Canning Park

Address: Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618, Singapore
Phone Number: 1800-471 7300
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Ranked #70 of 531 things to do in Singapore
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fort Canning Park is one of Singapore's most historic landmarks. It has witnessed Singapore's...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 from a sleepy fishing village into a vibrant trading hub 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 war relics from Singapore's colourful history have survived on the hill and are still visible today.Although the hill has since lost its imposing stature, its distinctive charm still remains. The lush 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.

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Otley West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stumbled upon the fort as we were walking towards Raffles Hotel. The stairs leading up were a bit of a climb but manageable. The views from the top are quite good in place but the trees do hide some of it away. Some of the buildings on the hill are being renovated so we couldn't see as much as... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

I wanted to check out the vistas from Fort Canning on my last day in SIN. As it turned out I had the park more of less to myself because I was strolling through in the midst of a torrential rainstorm. Quite frankly the tranquility in the hard rain made for a lovely diversion from the urban activity below. Fort... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The greenery was just amazing, its a green gem right in the middle of the city. You got a bit of a climb to go up tot he old fort. Reccomend late evening to watch the sunset or go jogging through the curving paths up and down hill. The trees and the green grass on the top is great for... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Fort Canning park is a wonderful oasis in the heart of the city. Whether it is history, nature, exercise or a combination of all three then the park is the place to go. Seeing the old fortifications, the trees and the lack of people all around makes it very different from the average tourist time in Singapore. This is not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The park is the only real hill on the island and is an oasis above the busy traffic and hectic cafe and bar scene. It can feel a stiff climb in the heat but it is worth it for the views, for the greenery and for the history.

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George Town, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A lovely place near the Singapore museum and its great for a 1 hour stroll in the nature. Also has some very informative boards with interesting historical facts. The park has several entrances and exits, to all sides of the city, which is very convenient.

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Cambridge, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

On a Monday morning with few people around, the park was an oasis of calm and beauty. There were certainly more species of bird around that present in the Botanic gardens over the preceding weekend. Plenty of trees and shade to get some respite from the sun. The only downside was that the Battle Box museum was not open. A... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We wandered around this park for a couple of hours and really enjoyed the tranquility. The spice garden is lovely and smells delicious! We visited on a Sunday afrernoon and saw many locals and tourists enjoying picnics along the banks. We even came across a wedding ceremony! There were a few disappointments in that some parts are closed off or... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I am lucky enough to stay in front of fort canning park for almost an year. The park is very well maintained. While walking though the park , you can read about the singapore history details. You can find lot of big trees and feel the forest. The place is also good more morning and evening jogging, as the park... More 

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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

A bit fed up with the high rise building site that is Singapore, we sought out Fort Canning Park, and what a treat it was. Mrs. Flyingbluedog heavily into cooking and the Spice Garden there was a treat for her! Must admit I enjoyed it too, being able to touch and sniff the plants. Some nice gentle walks around the... More 

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