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Fort Canning Park
Holiday Travel Guide

Escape the metropolis by taking a stroll in this lush park and learn about the city's wartime history while you're at it.

Fort Canning Park may only be a small hill, yet its importance to Singapore cannot be ignored. It was once the home of the ruling Malay Kings, and later became one of the residences of Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore. Later still, Fort Canning Park became the site of a military barracks and hospital. Remaining features from all of these periods make this a fascinating site to visit. In its own right, the park is a tranquil green space, which serves as a peaceful haven from the city.

Those who want to know more about the park should join one of the free walking tours. There are three of these to choose from, which variously teach you about its inhabited past, as well as its flora and fauna. Among the species that can be found in Fort Canning Park are nine types of heritage tree, and an abundance of dragonflies (at Princess Pond) and butterflies (in the Butterfly Garden). Also visit the aromatic Spice Garden, located on the site of a former botanical garden created by Raffles.

The reason many come to Fort Canning Park is for its fascinating ruins, which tell much about its past. The Archaeological Dig & Exhibition is a functioning excavation site, where thousands of artefacts have already been found. Here, you can see the Keramat Iskandar Shah, the ornate burial ground of an unknown ancient leader. Also visit the grand Fort Gate and adjoining wall – these are all that is left of the fortress which occupied this hill from 1861 to 1926.

Other interesting places to visit in the park include Raffles' old bungalow, complete with cannons and a gunpowder store, the "Battle Box" bunker, which is nine metres underground, and the notorious spot where Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in the 1940s.

Fort Canning Park is in downtown Singapore, not far from the Orchard Road shopping district. It can be easily reached on foot from many downtown hotels. The park is open daily, and there is no admission charge.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Fort Canning Park

Carlton Hotel Singapore
Carlton Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$177 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is steps away from Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, CHIJMES and Singapore Art Museum. Stamford House and Bras ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,127 reviews)

"The hotel allowed get late check out till 2pm on our stay"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar,2021

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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
5 out of 5
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore
The price is SG$445 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Asian Civilisations Museum, Raffles Place, and Merlion. Merlion Park and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (976 reviews)

"I liked the loft suite. Nice big windows and great bay view. What I didn't like was that there were too many light switches. Maybe because it was a big suite."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb,2021

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
M Social Singapore
M Social Singapore
4 out of 5
90 Robertson Quay, Singapore
The price is SG$160 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Singapore River, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robertson Quay, Fort Canning Park and Clarke Quay Mall. Orchard Road and Clarke Quay Central ...

4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"The bed is really comfortable which is good for a good night sleep. Good location to many good cafe around singapore."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan,2021

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Carlton Hotel Singapore
Carlton Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
The price is SG$177 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Carlton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
5 out of 5
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore
The price is SG$445 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
M Social Singapore
M Social Singapore
4 out of 5
90 Robertson Quay, Singapore
The price is SG$160 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
M Social Singapore
Pan Pacific Singapore
Pan Pacific Singapore
5 out of 5
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore
The price is SG$229 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Pan Pacific Singapore
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore
5 out of 5
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore
The price is SG$235 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
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PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore
lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott (SG Clean)
lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott (SG Clean)
3.5 out of 5
67 HILL STREET, Singapore
The price is SG$124 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
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lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott (SG Clean)
Grand Park City Hall
Grand Park City Hall
5 out of 5
10 Coleman Street, Singapore
The price is SG$150 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar
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Grand Park City Hall
Raffles Singapore
Raffles Singapore
5 out of 5
1 Beach Road, Singapore
The price is SG$952 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
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Andaz Singapore - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Singapore - a concept by Hyatt
5 out of 5
5 Fraser Street, Singapore
The price is SG$412 per night from 31 Mar to 1 Apr
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Andaz Singapore - a concept by Hyatt
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