Fort Canning Park

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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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dyhx
Singapore3,303 contributions
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Started from the Jubilee Park just a short walk from Fort Canning Station (downtown line - blue mrt line), which was pretty much a kids playground with swings, slides, sandplay, see-saws.

Went up the stairs just next to the slides to Pancur Larangan, the old Bathing Court. Following the trail, up the escalator brought us to the Fort Gate, skipping the Fort Canning Hotel on the left.

Thru the gate, past a large patch of green, down the stairs to the back of the Fort Canning Centre (toilet stop location). Gave the Battlebox a miss this time (it's ticketed by the way) and turned right towards the Cannon and then the Keramat Iskandar Shah, believed to be his burial place but is pretty much a resting shelter now.

Moving on from there brought us to the Spice Garden, where we found mint, Pandan leaves, rosemary and some others but these are just the few I recognised. The garden led us to the Fort Canning Green on the left, which was in front of the Fort Canning Centre. Tracing out footsteps back towards the Artisan's Garden, with a small display on the archaeological work done in the area.

Continuing from the path led us past the Registry of Marriages, then to Sang Nila Utama Garden filled with many stone carving statues and finally, the Raffles Garden, where an old Lighthouse stands.

Great weather this morning, a little hot but could be worse really and actually there are quite a number of shady spots throughout. It was an easy walk, took us just over an hour and not quite as interesting as Botanical Gardens. We then exited along Hill Street. There are lots of food options nearby, at Funan Mall just opposite or turn right to Clarke Quay. One can also take a bus from opposite to Chinatown.
Written July 4, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,761 contributions
This park is set on a hill that used to be part of the Fort Canning Fortifications. Some military structures are still near the top of the hill and these are clearly marked with dire warnings for trespassing. The park is a beautiful area with several gardens inspired by the history of Singapore including the Raffles Garden, Spice Garden, and my personal favourite, the Sang Nila Utama Garden inspired by the first king of Singapore. There’s also a sculpture hiking trail published by the National Parks of Singapore that’ll take you through the park to see the many sculptures inside. The park is a great way to spend at least half a day hiking in a beautiful setting.
Written March 11, 2020
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Andy C
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Solo
Good hill workout and plenty of steps if you’re looking for stair climbing. 186 steps to the top near the flag pole. Stairs are fairly lit after dark, not great, but enough to see them during a run. The park gets crowded on Sundays with all of the domestic helpers on their days off so avoid on Sundays if you’re jogging or looking for a quiet, desolate experience. There are plenty of walking trails too. Checkout the spiral staircase near the metro stop. Somewhat hidden but not too difficult to find. It was the most Instagrammed spot in Singapore for a while. Also, if you go through the gate with the big wooden doors, checkout the narrow and steep staircase behind the door, going up to the roof…pretty cool.
Written June 26, 2022
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Cameron Smith
Celina, TX26 contributions
My wife and I so happened to accidentally walk into the park on our first explore day in Singapore. We had originally wanted to go later in our trip but because the park is so well maintained and beautiful, we decided to stay and walk around. Even though you're smack-dab in the middle of Singapore, you almost forget you're surrounded by a major city. This is definitely a must do thing to do while visiting.
Written February 2, 2020
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Family
Fort Canning Park certainly exceeded expectations. It is such a well maintained and beautiful park with so much history etched into every site. So many historical attractions to see around the park, including old cannons, buildings and bells. I highly recommend the battle box tour, it was very interesting exploring the underground war rooms from WW2. The park is huge, so leave plenty of time if you want to explore it all. There is plenty of walking involved and it’s very hot, so plan to go early in the day and bring plenty of food and water, because when we were there you couldn’t buy much inside the park. Also lots of stairs to must be relatively fit. Great experience and also views of Marina Bay Sands!
Written January 11, 2021
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mjail5
Perth, Australia1,430 contributions
Fort Canning Park is huge. We had to come over 2 days and still failed to visit the natural spring site, children's playground area and join in the Battlebox Tour.

There are so many trails to take that when we ended up at the Tree Tunnel close to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT we thought we had seen it all and decided to go for lunch. Later we realised that we missed a few areas.

I am so glad the evening before we left Singapore, we returned to walk to the cemetery side as there was an archaelogical site with a video and some of the excavation finds displayed. I found this really interesting and a walk further up the hill brought us to the burial place of Sultan Iskandar Shah. We then walked down to where the old Christian Cemetery was. There were once over 600 gravestones but they had become dilapidated and 400 were removed in the 1970s with the remainder embedded onto the brick wall surrounding the old cemetery.

Again we made our way to the Tree Tunnel as it was packed with people the first time. Lucky for us, we were next in the queue and managed to finally get our Instaworthy shots!

Fort Canning Park is a definite must when you are in Singapore.
Written August 2, 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL16,275 contributions
Alright Singapore has several amazing parks and gardens. However, if you had to pick the best one in the center of the city with the most historic value, this is it. In the middle of the city is a hilltop with a level terrace top just up from the Singapore River. This is where Singapore began as the hilltop for the kings of Singapura in the 14th and 15th centuries. The palaces and burial sites were on this verdant hill.

Then in the 19th Century Raffles built his house and fort here. It continued to serve the British empire until 1942 and WWII as the site of British HQ during the battle of Singapore in the Battlebox.

Today it is simply a beautiful park that has history and architecture as well as serving as a reservoir for the city. There are great trails for walking around the park and seeing its historic structures as well as amazing views of the city. The trees and the rest of the flora are simply amazing. This is a great place that you must visit during your stay for the history, views and vegetation.
Written March 8, 2020
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Anthony
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Couples
This is a great place for a walk in the park with your loved one. Lots of big trees, old stone Fort walls and cannons, with nice landscaped hilled parkland. We stayed at the hotel here and after a few whiskeys had a great drunken stroll around this beautiful spot at night.
Written August 6, 2020
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Coffee Chill
Sunshine Coast, Australia1,143 contributions
Fort Canning Park is an awesome green space and one of Singapore's most iconic historic sites. It was the scene of the Allie's war room prior to the disastrous fall of Singapore to the Japanese army in World War Two (WW11). On walkabout, we enjoyed the colourful flowers, intricate sculptures and beautiful trees in the botanical gardens here. We also chose to do battle box tour (highly recommended for history buffs) to check out the bunker and learn more about the intense happenings here during war time. But, whether or not, you are into the historic and or the botanical, it just simply a fantastic place to go for a walk (or take the escalators in some sections ...) and or just take in some amazing city (see my YouTube) views.
Written May 11, 2020
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ChloeQSP
Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
Formerly known as the ‘Forbidden Hill’, the Fort Canning Park is amongst the most historic places in Singapore. Fort Canning Park is a place where you will fell close to nature. Take your camera along and go for a walk in the park – you will have plenty of pictures to click.

Opening Closing Time
🌎 Daily 24 hours

Entrance Fee
💎 Free
Written March 14, 2020
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