Fort Canning Lighthouse

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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore9,795 contributions
Maritime history at Fort Canning Hill
Mar 2021
At Raffles Terrace of Fort Canning Hill stands three replicas of the Time Ball, The Fort Canning Lighthouse and the Flagstaff.

After the British established a port here in 1819, the first communication facility built on the hill was a Flagstaff. The original Flagstaff was a wooden structure erected in 1825. The Flagstaff was used to display the arrival, identity, location and status of ships entering Singapore Harbour.

Next to be built was the Time Ball to keep time. It would be raised at 12:55pm daily, and then dropped at 1 pm.

The original Fort Canning Lighthouse was built in 1902 as the location was strategic and its light could help to navigate ships into the Singapore Harbour. However the lighthouse ceased operations in 1958 when high-rise buildings in the vicinity blocked it from view. It was replaced by an electric-powered light on top of the Fullerton Building, but that light also ceased operation since 1979. The Fullerton Light is now on display in an open site near Harbourfront Tower One.

The Fullerton Lighthouse was subsequently replaced by the Bedok Lighthouse. The Bedok Lighthouse is Singapore’s first fully automated and unmanned lighthouse, and was launched on Singapore’s National Day in 1978. It was also the first lighthouse built atop a residential building( Lagoon View Condominium) on mainland Singapore.
Written 23 May 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL11,507 contributions
Colonial Relic
Feb 2020
This is another historic feature to former working function of this hill. Today it seems odd to see a lighthouse here. Between the buildings and the extension of the shoreline you have to be in the colonial quarter to even see this. However, in the earlier years of the colony, this hill that served so much in the defense and administration also provide the lighthouse for ships at sea. Today it is simply a relic but it does serve as an historical symbol to the colony and its importance in trade.
Written 11 October 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK146,617 contributions
Replica of former lighthouse
Mar 2020
This lighthouse is a functioning replica of the original lighthouse that once sat atop Fort Canning Hill. The replica of course no longer serves its original purpose as the light is obscured by the tall buildings that have since grown up around Singapore. It is however, a reminder of how important maritime trade was once to Singapore. It’s not an amazing thing to see, but it’s worth a look if visiting Fort Canning Park.
Written 10 March 2020
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Chrisinkingwood2
Houston, TX4,980 contributions
If you go to the park you should see this
Sep 2019
Another bit of history from Colonial rule. The lighthouse almost resembles a space ship but was built to shed light. It was nice to sit in the shade nearby. Wear good walking shoes if you go.
Written 16 September 2019
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Frank M
Brisbane, Australia2,219 contributions
Go look at it
Jun 2019 • Solo
Located within the fort canning park.

Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Wear some comfy walking shoes.

Very interesting.
Written 20 June 2019
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA9,548 contributions
Replica of the original light
Mar 2019 • Couples
Located in The Maritime Corner, it is one of several points of interest within Fort Canning Park.

It was built in 1903 to replace the lantern that had been attached to the top of the flagstaff since 1855. The original light survived WWII and was dismantled in 1958 when new tall buildings in the city blocked its view from the sea.

What you see today is a fully functional replica erected near the original site.
Written 17 May 2019
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alisdair t
Workington, UK5,262 contributions
Great history attatched
May 2018 • Couples
Although well inland, when constructed in 1903, it was not too far from the harbour. and guided ships into the port. All the land has since been reclaimed. Worth a visit if passing, or visiting Fort Canning park. Lots of information boards around telling of the history
Written 4 June 2018
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Cragharr
Edinburgh, UK18 contributions
Interesting spot
Mar 2018 • Solo
Def worth a walk around the park and stopping by. Interesting history of why this ended up here.....
Written 3 March 2018
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,735 contributions
Small but historic
Jun 2017 • Solo
This small but historic lighthouse is one of the major attractions of a visit to Fort Canning Park. On a weekday you may well have it all to yourself, although it won't be possible to go inside. Some good information on the history of the lighthouse and also about the 5 remaining active lighthouses in Singapore.
Written 27 June 2017
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GoingFarFarAway
Tampa, FL573 contributions
Worth a stop if visiting park
Apr 2017 • Couples
The lighthouse exhibit within the Fort Canning Park is worth a stop if visiting the park. There are a few placards describing the history. Unfortunately you can not go up in the lighthouse.
Written 24 April 2017
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