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Fort Canning Park

Address: Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618, Singapore
Phone Number: 1800-471 7300
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Ranked #58 of 324 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Unlike Botanic Garden, which is located a little bit far from the city center, this place lies right in the heart of the city. Used to be an army fort, now this place is really quiet and covered with so many tree. A good place to walk and relieve any stress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Take the 14th century walk. It is self-guided and easy to understand. Fort canning was once a palace surrounded by water and its form justifies it. That is why it has steep stairs. It is also the ultimate proof that Singapore's natives were malays. This hailed land also carries the transition of hinduism to Islam when Islam came about in... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

As others mention here, there are many of the sites in this lovely park that are under renovation, hence we didn't really get the experience we had hoped for. The park itself is lovely and nice to walk around. One of many green oasis in Singapore.

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sunderland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

There`s a lot of people on here complaining about the fact that the Battle Box seems to be closed indefinitely. Well it may be to the general public who just want to go there on a one off trip. HOWEVER if you book the excellent "Fog of War" trip through the Historical Society of Singapore, it includes entry to the... More 

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Quezon City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Great place to relax and picnic. History: Battle box - WW2 bunker (under renovation til late 2015), 9 pound cannon from 19th C, archaeological digging site, old Fort gate. Nature: lots of different tree species, as well as a spice garden, among other things. Art: different sculptures

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

While the visitor's centre and the battle bunker are closed, this does not mean there is nothing to see here! There are plenty of historic sights to see at this park. You can also enjoy the beautiful plants, and read the signage at points of interest. You'll find this place a good location to get some exercise and some fresh... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

A great place for the long peaceful walk. A charming and clean park, it is no wonder many couples come here for their wedding photo shoot.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A very nice place just next to Orchard. Good Place to relax and have a small picnic. A very good walk also for couples. I would suggest carrying some food and drinks and there are very less options available inside. Some construction work in going on at the moment.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Quite a nice park to go for a casual stroll & take some time to chill out from the city. It's very humid though (like all of Singapore).

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