Fort Canning Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Fort Canning Park information

Location
Singapore (city) , Singapore (country)
Getting there
Metro: Dhoby Ghaut
More information
www.nparks.gov.sg
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When Raffles rolled into Singapore and claimed it for the mother country, locals steered clear of Fort Canning Hill, then called Bukit Larangan (Forbidden Hill) out of respect for the sacred shrine of Sultan Iskandar Shah, ancient Singapura's last ruler. These days, the hill is better known as Fort Canning Park, a wonderfully lush, cool retreat from the hot streets below. Stop at the spice garden and take in the scents of tamarind and cinnamon, or ponder Singapore's wartime defeat at the Battle Box Museum .

The former command post of the British during WWII, the museum's eerie subterranean rooms use life-sized models to re-enact the fateful surrender to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. Japanese Morse codes are still etched on the walls. Fort Canning Park hosts several outdoor events and concerts throughout the year, including Shakespeare in the Park (April/May), Ballet under the Stars (July) and Films at the Fort (August).