Fort Canning Park

+6518004717300
Fort Canning Centre, Cox Terrace; Battle Box Museum – 51 Canning Rise (subway station Dhoby Ghaut)
www.nparks.gov.sg/

Price: 8 SGD
Working hours: from 10.00 to 18.00

Fort Canning Park, stretching around the same-named hill in the very heart of Singapore, is one of the most interesting parks in the city. It lures in its visitors with a huge number of historical artefacts from different epochs, as well as its amazing landscapes, unusual museums and exhibition halls.

Long ago, the hill was ancient city’s center, on which the Malay rulers’ palaces were situated. Centuries later, the locals would avoid climbing the hill, as not to disturb the sleeping souls of the former inhabitants that are buried here. Resultantly, they nicknamed the place Bukit Larangan (literally: The Forbidden Hill). The British Colonialist, Stamford Raffles, who arrived in Singapore in 1819, wasn’t superstitious in the slightest and having estimated hill’s fortunate location, built his own residence at its summit. This would become the first governmental building of the city-state.

Some time later, the British authorities built a fort on the hill and arranged barracks around it, with hospital and military storehouses in the grounds. The fort was named in honor of the former Indian governor-general, Viscount Charles Canning. It was subsequently fitted with artillery and served as island’s foremost defensive fortification. During World War II, the Malay headquarters were located here and a 9-meter-deep bunker, known as the Battle Box, was built under the hill for the British troops’ high command. It is here that in 1942, the British decided to surrender Singapore to Japanese.

The Battle Box Museum is currently located in the bunker and its exposition and setting recreate the deeply troubled atmosphere that had reigned here during those tragic events, depicted with striking accuracy. The British Imperial Military Museum and the testimony of veterans helped to recreate the bunker’s original interior. Wax figures of people, participants in those crucial events, were placed here for effect. Meanwhile, an audio sequence reinforces the impressions gained from the exhibition: the bunker is filled with sounds of constantly ringing phones, ominous footsteps and the negotiators’ voices. In addition, museum features an interesting collection of equipment and apparel, including military uniforms and weapons dating back to the Second World War.

Only Fort Canning’s massive gates have survived untouched to this day, while its restored barracks are occupied by the Singapore Dancing Theater. Malay sanctuaries and a Christian cemetery have also survived on park’s territory. In addition to these, a number of ancient historical artifacts, which were found during excavations of the site are placed here. The Garden of Spices, laid on its territory, adds a special charm to Fort Canning Park. It is a scaled-down copy of Singapore's first botanical garden, also founded by Stamford Raffles back in 1822. The park also has an observation point, facilitating wonderful glimpses into Singapore's old colonial center.

Today, Fort Canning is one of the centers of the city’s cultural life. Various events are carried out here: art exhibitions and film screenings are organized, outdoor performances and ballets are staged, while carnivals and art festivals, including the largest Singapore festival - World of Music Arts and Dance - are also carried out.

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Reviews: 63
John

Terrific park for an afternoon walk in the heart of CBD. Lush tropical plant aromas, historical monuments, and local music.

18.02.2018  
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Margo

Great and quiet

24.10.2017  
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Ben

Lovely grounds. Walks. History.

08.09.2017  
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Mark

Very nice park. In between downtown and Orchard Rd. Like a small jungle.

11.06.2017  
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JuanJuan

I love fort canning park ! Love the garden Beats festival!

24.03.2017  
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Dara

I've heard this is also a nice place to walk around! Very...colonial.

17.03.2017  
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Nora

It's great for walking but not much for a runner since it's quite small. The beautiful trees are worth the visit.

20.01.2017  
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Elena

чудесный парк, есть качельки, чтобы немного передохнуть в теньке

14.01.2017  
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Jess

Myanmar picnic site on the bushy grass patch even on a hazy weekend day, located opposite 'Little Myanmar' / 'Little Burma' @ Peninsula Plaza & Excelsior Shopping Centre

04.11.2016  
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Lawky

Park to run or to walks

15.10.2016  
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Olga

Мой самый любимый парк в Синге!Большой,потрясающий,с гробницей Хана,плантацией специй,красивейшими зданиями и даже присутствует бункер Сдачи Сингапура,куда кстати советую зайти!Неимоверно красивый

10.08.2016  
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Kars

Good place for an early morning run (or walk) while taking in the scenic views.

12.03.2016  
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Vladimir

A strange place. Need to learn more about it.

11.03.2016  
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Mark

Not much fort to see, nice old park

22.02.2016  
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Thomas

Nice green park to run in the morning

05.01.2016  
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Lovely park with a lot of history. Outdoor concerts are held here and there are some nice cafes here too.

18.11.2015  
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Mr.

Куча животных обитает здесь.

17.10.2015  
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Cheen

Public parking. Anticlockwise around the hill, 1) ROM after Coleman St, 2) behind the National Museum, 3) up the slope at the end of Fort Canning Walk, 4) small one off Clemenceau Ave. CBD rates apply

11.10.2015  
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Eddy

Relaxing spot with good scenery and a nice view of Singapore.

06.09.2015  
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Kira

Lovely park for a Sunday walk

23.08.2015  
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