Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Park, an iconic hilltop landmark has witnessed many of Singapore’s historical milestones. The hill once sited the palaces of 14th century Malay Kings and served as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. The decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was also made on the hill, in the Underground Far East Command Centre, commonly known as Battle Box.
Today, Fort Canning Park is a venue for celebrations. Its expansive, sprawling lawns play host to concerts, theatre productions and festivals such as Shakespeare in the Park, Ballet Under the Stars, Shakespeare in the Park and Films at the Fort, while weddings, parties and gatherings are a regular sight in the park's venue spaces. Its ancient artefacts are a must-see for history buffs, and its lush greenery and expansive lawns offer a variety of arts, heritage and nature experiences. Whether you are drawn by the park’s ancient artefacts and rich heritage or simply its tranquillity, this hilltop park offers something for the whole family.
Fort Canning Park is bounded by Hill Street, Canning Rise, Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road
How to get there: By MRT, alight at Clarke Quay or Dhoby Ghaut, and walk about 10 minutes to get to the park
Park Size: 18 hectares
Park lighting hours: 7.00pm to 7.00am
Nearby Parks/Park Connectors: Dhoby Ghaut Green, Istana Park, Raffles Place Park
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible (Steep slope at entrance from Clemenceau Avenue/River Valley Road)
1) The Battle Box is closed for maintenance until end September 2015.
2) The Pinacotheque de Paris Museum will open in the second quarter of 2015.
3) The Keramat is undergoing re-roofing works and will be inaccessible from March to end May 2015.
Things To Do
Besides rich in heritage, Fort Canning Park also has interesting flora and fauna that you should try and spot. Explore the park and see what you can find, or tap on one of the do-it-yourself walking trail guides we have put together to help you explore the park.
Fort Canning Park is rich in heritage and those who enjoy photographing pieces of history and heritage will enjoy roaming the park grounds.
There are many places within Fort Canning Park that you can visit. Check out the Sally Port, ASEAN Sculpture Garden, Fort Canning Green (The Old Christian Cemetary), Spice Garden, Keramat Iskandar Shah, Archaeological Dig and Exhibition Area, Maritime Corner@Fort Canning, Parit Singapura and Princess Pond.
You might have tasted Nutmeg and Clove in various cuisines, but have you ever seen how their trees look like? Join us as we guide you through the Spice Gardens, which was once the site of Singapore’s first Botanical and Experimental Gardens started by Raffles in 1822!
This event is held in conjunction with the Singapore Heritage Festival 2015. Singapore Heritage Festival is an annual event organized by the National Heritage Board (NHB).
You might have been eating bananas all the time. But do you know that Bananas are more than just food? They are also used in Singapore's history, culture and heritage!
Come and join us in this workshop to learn more about the interesting roles of Bananas. As well as, how to cook up different dishes using different parts of the banana plant!