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Fort Canning Park

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Address: Cox Terrace Fort Canning Cultural Centre, Singapore 179618, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 1800 471 7300
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Fort Canning Park is one of Singapore's most historic landmarks. It has...

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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There are plenty of trees and greenery here. The park is on a giant hill very close to the Singapore National Museum. I believe the fort itself was built in 1861. The old... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are plenty of trees and greenery here. The park is on a giant hill very close to the Singapore National Museum. I believe the fort itself was built in 1861. The old structures remain and are cool to see if you're a history buff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The loop around the park is a nice hour stroll. Longer if you want to visit the hotels or military museum. Being one of the new high points there are a few views. The various historical spots are well labeled (English only). Local plants well labeled. Also an easy walk to many restaurants. Not much shelter if the rains come.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A bit hilly but many information notices detailing the history and sights to be seen within the park make this great. Get there in the morning when it is not too busy with tourists or too hot.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth a walk around to enjoy this lovely environment. The tropical trees and plants are beautiful and the park is very neatly manicured.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A fairly easy walk - for those used to the tropical climate. A must for history buffs, with several interesting landmarks. I particularly liked the Governor's House on the hill, where Sir Stamford Raffles once lived. A very peaceful place.

Thank Anna R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park is such a beautiful walk sourounded by manacured green gardens. The considerable number of steps to the top are the added bonus to your fitness regime. Raffles house shows how the original view has been covered by progress This walk is great

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Fort Canning Park primarily to visit the Battlebox Bunker (See my separate review on this fabulous attraction and tour) but there is also plenty else to see in this fantastic tranquil hilltop park. Make sure you go and see the Old Christian Cemetery, The Spice Garden, the Keramat (the tomb of the first settler in Singapore -... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fort Canning Park is a strange one - from the southern approach you are presented by a seemingly never ending set of steps, but take your time - the view is worth it from the top. The park contains the flagpole that was used to signify sovereignty - this is where the Japanese flag replaced the British flag after the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't realize there was an underground bunker tour that looked interesting. Beyond that it is a nice place to walk around in the morning or late afternoon on your way to Clarke Quay or the malls on Orchard Road. It is also right behind the Singapore museum, and it would be worth visit if you are going to the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its just a park to roam around for residents or locals. Not much to see for tourists, apart from the few good locations for photographs. You can skip this one, if you are on a short trip, or just go for an evening stroll if your hotel happens to be nearby, because it is very close to an entrance of... More 

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