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“A pleasant walk with glimpses into Singapore's history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park
Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618, Singapore
1800-471 7300
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Ranked #54 of 278 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Outdoors
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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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“A pleasant walk with glimpses into Singapore's history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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“Besides a walk down memory lane...there is nothing much here.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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“Fort Canning Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Fort Canning Park is the oldest park in the heart of the city. Some early artifacts like porcelain bowls have been discovered here and they date back to the 18th century. FCP is an ideal park and is the favourite haunt of young lovers who congregate here in the evening. You can find coffee trees and also the tree called the Tongkat Ali or Eurycoma longifolia whose bark is used as an aphrodisiac. Nutmeg trees are also found here. There is also an old English cemetery as in the early days, many mariners who died here were buried by their next of kin. You can see my video on You Tube under the website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHkFiSOgt-g

Visited August 2012
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“Place for a leisure stroll”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

The fort, as such does not have anything to offer. The place around the fort is good for a leisure walk in the evening. And you can continue the walk and end at Clarke Quay to unwind in the night

Visited February 2013
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“battlebox closed for renovations”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

went here for last few hours before leaving for the airport with the main purpose to look around the battlebox museum. finally found it with a notice on the door saying closed for renovations. our concierge had looked up the website the night before to check the opening times and there was nothing on there to warn us. so disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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