Ready to explore one of the most historic sites in Singapore?
Fort Canning has a history that dates back to the 14th century when an ancient Malay kingdom ruled. It also played a big military role during the colonial days. Find out what’s on top of this splendid 156 feet high hilltop park. There are many other interesting sites tucked away on the hill for you to discover! The park is pretty well-lit at night but you might want to stick to daylight hours if you’re still not familiar with the venue. Find out why here.
A popular place for concerts and events, this expansive lawn used to be a graveyard and you can still see some tombstones built into the walls that bound the area, along with the prominent white gothic gates.
The truth is, we’re not quite sure who is buried in this ancient shrine but it is widely believed to be the tomb of Singapura’s last Malay king. The architecture of the keramat features a motif of a fighting cock motif (originating from Java, Indonesia) carved onto the wooden pillars.
This humble garden tells and shows you the everyday spices that are used in the Singapore dishes you love.
The building was once the barracks of the British Army. As the centrepiece event of the Singapore Bicentennial, this multimedia sensory experience brings you back in time to witness key moments in Singapore’s transformation from as far back as 1299.
In conjunction with the ASEAN Sculptures Symposium held in Singapore in 1981, the five ASEAN countries at that time contributed a sculpture in this garden.
There are also many other interesting newer sculptures in the park. Embark on a self-guided sculpture trail in Fort Canning Park here.
Try to locate the two cannons and a remnant of the fortress — a fort gate and walls — in the park.
Interested in a Colonial History Trail? You will find this walking guide handy.
Near the entrance to the park from Hill Street, you will find an artistic representation of events in 14th-century Singapore. A descriptive information board nearby tells you the interesting highlights from pre-colonial Singapore.
By Muneerah Bee / Updated July 2019
Photos by Muneerah Bee