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Fort Canning Park
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Fort Canning Park featuring a park

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 (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
The price is SG$178 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is steps away from Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, CHIJMES and Singapore Art Museum. Bras Basah Complex and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,979 reviews)
"We loved the location - it was a short walk to City Hall MRT and there were many buses to take us everywhere! The gym was well-equipped too :)"

Reviewed on 22 Apr,2021

Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
90 Robertson Quay, Singapore
The price is SG$151 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (985 reviews)
"The Premier room design"

Reviewed on 4 May,2021

M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
Pan Pacific Singapore (SG Clean)
Pan Pacific Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore
The price is SG$229 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Marina Square, Singapore Flyer and Suntec Convention ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,048 reviews)
"Very pleasant stay at the hote starting with very helpful and accommodating reception staff. Room is in excellent condition and kept cleaned. Breakfast at Edge was laden with freshly cooked food, very pleasant experience on the whole."

Reviewed on 29 Apr,2021

Pan Pacific Singapore (SG Clean)
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
The price is SG$178 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
90 Robertson Quay, Singapore
The price is SG$151 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
Pan Pacific Singapore (SG Clean)
Pan Pacific Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore
The price is SG$229 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Pan Pacific Singapore (SG Clean)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore
The price is SG$530 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Excludes taxes & fees
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore
The price is SG$268 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore
The price is SG$268 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore (SG Clean)
Grand Park City Hall (SG Clean)
Grand Park City Hall (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
10 Coleman Street, Singapore
Grand Park City Hall (SG Clean)
Hilton Singapore (SG Clean)
Hilton Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
581 Orchard Road, Singapore
The price is SG$163 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Hilton Singapore (SG Clean)
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$101 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott (SG Clean)
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.