Fort Canning Park, Singapore

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  • The cool entrance gate from the 1860s.
    The cool entrance gate from the 1860s.
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  • View from the park.
    View from the park.
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  • The old barracks and the park.
    The old barracks and the park.
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    Fort Canning Park

    by Jim_Eliason Written Mar 30, 2006

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    This hill overlooks the colonial area of Singapore and is said to be the site where the pre-colonial Malay leaders of Singapore were buried. The site was converted into a fort by the British and now is a park with historical sites and a few museums.

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    Battle Box: British military bunkers

    by Skylink Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    the bunker is under the hill
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    The Battle Box is an underground bunker on Fort Canning Hill where the General Percival decided that he would surrender to the invading Japanese army. The bunker is very cool because of it’s depth. Photography is not allowed. One can get there by the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station then walk through the Park Place Mall to Fort Canning Hill. There is an admission charge. The admission ticket looks like a ration card, which is stamped by the ticket office (like an immigration/customs officer does).

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    Government House @ Fort Canning Park

    by balhannah Updated Feb 28, 2011

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    Fort Canning Park is a large, green area, high on a hill overlooking the city. Fort Canning was established in 1859 as an Arms store, Barracks and Hospital.

    In 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles had a house built and completed in 2 weeks, for himself and his sisters family. Raffles enjoyed it so much, that he suggested that he be buried here, mixed with the ashes of Malay Kings.
    His home was later renamed, Government House.
    The 1st Botanic Gardens also began as an experiment on the slopes of the hills.

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    Christian Cemetery @ Fort Canning Park

    by balhannah Updated Feb 28, 2011

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    Headstones in the wall @ Fort Canning Park
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    What a surprise it was to find extremely old Tombstones embedded in an old wall at Fort Canning Park. I really enjoy old cemeteries!

    This area was a very early Christian cemetery which was used until the end of 1822. The burial ground has gone, but left behind are the Tombstones that are embedded in the wall.
    1821 is the oldest Tombstone [ John C. Collingwood of the ship 'Susan] which is embedded in the wall surrounding the old cemetery.
    Many prominent people are buried here alongside early pioneers including Chinese Christians.
    The gravestones and memorials were imported from Calcutta, India.

    This historical cemetery took me back in time, and made me realize that many people died young in early Singapore because of disease. Now, Singapore is nearly sterile, it is so clean!

    Gothic Gates, that were built in 1846 lead you into the cemetery area.

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    A green oas in the city center

    by Henrik_rrb Written Oct 7, 2009

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    After some hours in Singapore's shopping center you will probably feel for some relaxing. Then you either have the Botanic Garden, or the Fort Canning Park.

    The park is situated in between Orchard Road and the Singapore river, meaning it's as central as it can be - and also huge. It gives a nice historical view over Singapore, also the early years, 700 years back.

    For me it was a very nice afternoon, just walking around inside the park and look at everything from Sir Stamford Raffles early spice garden to the monuments from the World War II. You don't really need to read up on anything before you go there, even if it will give you a better understanding about what you're actually looking at.

    Both the brittish and later the japanese armies used the hill as the headquarter during the war, which you can see on different monuments and buildings. The cannons have never been used though.
    But also if you're not so much into the history of the country and the park it's just wonderful to just walk around inside the park and look at beautiful flowers and trees.

    Just don't do as me and forget to bring water. It's hot there in the middle of the day. Very hot.

    The view from the park is quite nice from some points, you'll see the skyscrapers far away. Unfortunately the best viewing point is taken by the military, who are using the highest hill as their own private garden.

    Entrance is free. Don't miss (well, you can't really miss them) the two cool gates where you enter the park.

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    The Battle Box at Fort Canning Park - 1

    by phil_uk_net Written Jan 3, 2004

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    The Battle Box at Fort Canning Park

    The hill at Fort Canning was originally home to the Princes that arrived on Singapura. In the 1930's, under British rule, work started on an underground bunker at the top of the hill. During WW2 this was used as a control room by Allied commanders much the same way as Churchill used the Cabinet War Rooms in London.

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    Stone Wall Carvings @ Fort Canning Park

    by balhannah Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The carvings.

    At the entrance to Fort Canning Park was a stone wall full of beautiful historic carvings. As we climbed the many, many steps to Raffles terrace, there were more walls of carvings. I don't know their history, I wish I did, they were lovely and looked to tell a story.

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    Historical Singapore

    by foxie Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Entrance to the park from Clark Quay

    From the hisotry walk that begins off the Clark Quay entrance, to the Spice Gardens, archeology dig in the middle, and old cemetary lawn, Ft. Canning Park is a great way to get an idea of where Singapore came from and how it has shaped the rest of the city.

    A beautiful walk in it's own right, with plenty of diversions along the way. It's a kind of showcase of the diversity that is Singapore.

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    Go into the old British Malaya Command Bunker

    by trisanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Oh look a bunker.

    If you enjoy history or if you want relief from a very hot day -this may be the attraction for you. To me, this is one of Singapore's best attraction, which has usually gone unnoticed.

    On the top of Fort Canning Park(warning lots of steps to get up here-if you are exhausted take a taxi to the top) there is small office-where you buy tickets and watch a short film on the Japanese invasion.

    Afterwards, in small groups with a guide you walk just a few meters and go into the bunker. Once inside you will hear rumbling (or simulated bomb noise) and British soliders warning of gas attacks.You go into the battle box-as if it was the day Singapore surrendered to the Japanese. You are given headphones and watch hologram images clicking away morse code. Britain's finest military generals are represented by robots acting out that dramatic day. After the short tour, you are free to walk around and see a small case, where some war artifacts are placed.

    If you are interested in Singaporean or WWII history this place is a must. If you plan to do other WWII touring, such as Fort Siloso or Changi Prison Museum-you should head here first-so you know the history better.

    And if you just come to escape the heat-i am sure you will enjoy yourself.

    Sunrice cooking school is a few more meters up the hill. They have a nice cafe that overlooks the city and park. They have a wonderful lemongrass iced tea.

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    The Battle Box at Fort Canning Park - 2

    by phil_uk_net Written Jan 3, 2004

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    The Battle Box at Fort Canning Park

    The Battle Box isn't vast and doesn't take a long time to see but it is interesting (provided of course that this kind of thing interests you). The original structure is intact and scenes have been recreated inside to replicate life as it was there in the time leading up to the Japanese invasion of Singapore. There are waxworks of the British commanding officers and reconstructions of meetings leading to the decision to surrender to the Japanese.

    If you can, and if you are interested in learning more about these events, try to speak to the Battle Box boss - an Indian gentleman called Mr Naidu. He is obviously very knowledgeable about this period of Singapore's history and talks passionately about the subject.

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    FORT CANNING

    by DAO Written May 18, 2007

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    THE FIRST BOTANICAL GARDEN

    by DAO Written May 18, 2007

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    Little hiking and history lesson

    by heryanta Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fort Canning Park is a small hill that used to be the 'sacred' area where the old kings lived before Raffles came to the island.

    It offers an opportunity for a short hike in the middle of the city center - away from cars and skyscrapers. On the site there's the old lighthouse and an archaeological excavation site that tells the story of the old kingdom in Singapore (Temasek).

    It is not a world class tourist spot but it offers a little serenity ... walking in the shades surrounded by trees for quarter of an hour can be nice ... and it's right there in the city center.

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    WOMAD

    by kphstar Written Sep 1, 2005

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    WOMAD happens once a year at the Fort. It was the first time I've being but it seem like it's a big deal for the locals. WOMAD is the World of Music and Dance festival that draws musics from across the world, and people across Asian.

    To be honest, it was my scene. Nevertheless it was a great excuse (like I needed one) to drink and party myself senseless.

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    The Battle Box

    by deeper_blue Written Jun 19, 2012

    The story of Singapore's surrender to the Japanese in World War II is documented here at the Battle Box. Located inside Fort Canning Park there are audio accounts from the British of the fight and eventual defeat in 1942. There are plenty of mannequins and realistic props in the rooms and the experience feels quite authentic.

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