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Fort Canning Park

Previously known as Central Park, this 19-ha 'hill of history' was the residence of Sir Stamford Raffles, who established his government house on this hill in 1819.

Visitors to Fort Canning Park can find a number of relics reflecting the past glory of this place. Keramat Iskandar Shah, venerated by Muslims and believed to be the ancient tomb of the last Malay King, stood at the foot of the hill.

Monuments of interest found here such as the Fort Gate and the Gothic Archway have been preserved for visitors to enjoy.

Representing Fort Canning's military past are features such as the 19th century Fort Gate and the underground operations rooms (bunkers) of the Far East Command Centre.
Here, in this 'Battle Box' was where Lt-Gen Percival made the decision to surrender to the Japanese in 1942. All these attractions are linked together in the '19th Century Walk of History' trail. Interpretative plaques and signboards installed along this trail gives visitors a better understanding of the key historical features of the park.

Fort Canning Park Singapore

Fort Canning Centre, the imposing 65-year old restored military barracks, now provides a major cultural venue and residence for Singapore's modern performing arts companies, Singapore Dance Theatre and Theatreworks. Audiences enjoy regular theatrical performaces at the intimate, 100-seat Black Box theatre.

Another historical building is the former Singapore Command and Staff College. This building has been refurbished into the city's only country club in the park, the Fort Canning Country Club which is now known as The Legends Fort Canning Park

A special landscaping attraction in the form of a Spice Garden offers a small replica of Raffles' original 19-ha experimental and botanical garden. Spices, such as clove and cinnamon, are planted here to recreate the setting.

The park is lit from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Getting to Fort Canning Park

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