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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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$230 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec
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! (2,419 reviews)

"Hotel is centrally located. Easy access to shopping areas. Room is clean and bed is comfortable. Hotel staff is attentive. I received a complimentary cake as a surprise for my birthday. Thanks for making it a memorable stay."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov,2020

Carlton Hotel Singapore
Amara Singapore
Amara Singapore
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$240 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maxwell Food Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple and Chinatown Heritage Center. Boat Quay and ...

4/5Very Good! (975 reviews)

"Room was not ready in time, but as part of the service recovery, we were offered complimentary afternoon tea. Other than that, the Executive Premier room was newly renovated and splendid. We were even given a late check out at 4pm."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2020

Amara Singapore
M Social Singapore
M Social Singapore
4 out of 5
The price is SG$170 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
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! (954 reviews)

"the staff is indeed great! all are very helpful and cheerful! the room is nice!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov,2020

M Social Singapore
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Carlton Hotel Singapore
Carlton Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$230 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Carlton Hotel Singapore
Amara Singapore
Amara Singapore
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$240 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Amara Singapore
M Social Singapore
M Social Singapore
4 out of 5
The price is SG$170 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
M Social Singapore
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$240 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore
5 out of 5
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore
The price is SG$264 per night from 4 Jan to 5 Jan
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PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore
Hotel G Singapore
Hotel G Singapore
4 out of 5
The price is SG$113 per night from 16 Dec to 17 Dec
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Hotel G Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
5 out of 5
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore
The price is SG$367 per night from 4 Jan to 5 Jan
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Pan Pacific Singapore
Pan Pacific Singapore
5 out of 5
The price is SG$282 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec
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Pan Pacific Singapore
Orchard Hotel Singapore
Orchard Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
442 Orchard Road, Singapore
The price is SG$179 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Orchard Hotel Singapore
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