Evidence that Fort Canning (Bukit Larangan) was not only where the palace of anchient rulers of Singapore (Temasek) was but also their tombs.

It is strongly believed that the 'Keramat' (the tomb of a holy person) found after the hill was cleared soon after the founding of Singapore in 1819 is that of Iskandar Shah, a King of Temasek.

According to Malay tradition the last of the five kings who ruled Singapore during its golden age in the 14th century was Iskandar Shah. Singapore was invaded and Bukit Larangan was burnt by the Hindu Majapahits from Java and all the followers of Iskandar Shah perished. The ruler managed to flee. Two years later, he founded the new kingdom of Melaka on the west coast of Malaya. Chinese sources indicate that he died about 1420.

It is believed that the first Malay king of Temasek Sri Tri Buana and his chief minister Demang Labar Daun are buried on the Hill. It is unfortunate that their graves have not been discovered.

Raffles wrote to his friend William Marsden in 1823: ' The Tombs of the Malay Kings are, however, close at hand, and I have settled that if it is my fate to die here, I shall take my place among them'.

In 1819 soon after the founding of Singapore the Malays refused to ascend the Hill for fear of disturbing the dead.

By 1822 the 'keramat' was venerated by Muslims, Chinese and Hindus. It is maintained by a particular Muslim family and their descendants; they have kept the incense burning at the 'keramat'. One familiar sight near the 'keramat' is missing - the hundreds of pigeons. A notice nearby says: 'No feeding of pigeons.'