Most major cities in the world has a park in the city. Singapore has several but actually most of them are like giant garden with its manicured lawn, sculptures, nicely trimmed hedges and small puny little trees and shrubs. The only place that come close to being a park in the city is the Fort Canning Hill Park. This is a 18 hectare park situated on a hill overlooking the Singapore River with a very interesting history so interesting that the Heritage Board or whatever authorities had an archaeological dig there and part of the dig site has been left for visitors to view.
In the old days, Fort Canning was also known as the Forbidden Hill where in the early days the Malay rulers were supposingly buried there. Hence the place became a sacred hill. Even till today, there is a shrine or Keramat of one such ruler, Iskandar Shah.
When Sir Stamford Raffles came to Singapore, he set up his base at Fort Canning and Fort Canning became Government Hill and all things associated with the earlier colonial rulers including cemetary sprung up there. In the later year, the British set up a fort there to “defend” against the Japanese. And because it is a fort, naturally there are bunkers
And this more elegant gateway
Apart from the stuff for defending the hill, surprisingly there is also a lighthouse or something that looks like that on Fort Canning. This is I think a replica of the real thing and is no longer functional
And behind the Lighthouse and flag staff is a Maritime Corner. I think it is some sort of mini museum now though previously it was probably the office of the lighthouse workers
And last but not least, eerie looking trees!
And there even a closed reservoir.
So many things to see for such a small little place. Worth a visit for those who like history and something a bit more natural and rustic as opposed to the artificial Garden by the Bay
Tagged with: Fort Canning