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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

M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
90 Robertson Quay, Singapore
The price is SG$122 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
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! (988 reviews)
"The room is nice but the Toilet and shower is on the smaller side. Can do better with the cleanness of the room."

Reviewed on 14 Jul,2021

M Social 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$287 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Marina Square and Suntec Convention & Exhibition Center. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,666 reviews)
"Ambience was great. NIce to see plenty of greenery within the hotel"

Reviewed on 16 Jul,2021

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$259 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Financial District Singapore, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clarke Quay Central, Chinatown Heritage Center, and Clarke Quay Mall. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)
"The customer service was great from the start I entered the hotel. Check-in was quick & got a free upgrade. Everything is good just 1 thing , the air conditioning is programmed .. got slightly warm in the middle of the night . Some sensor detection for programming ? All is well & would definitely ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul,2021

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, 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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Hotel G Singapore (SG Clean)
Hotel G Singapore (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
200 Middle Road, Singapore
The price is SG$117 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel G 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$122 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
M Social 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$287 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
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$259 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
The price is SG$190 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Thanksgiving Serviced Residence
Thanksgiving Serviced Residence
3.5 out of 5
328 River Valley Road, Singapore
Thanksgiving Serviced Residence
Hotel Fort Canning (SG Clean)
Hotel Fort Canning (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
11 Canning Walk, Singapore
The price is SG$281 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Fort Canning (SG Clean)
Mandarin Orchard Singapore (SG Clean)
Mandarin Orchard Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
333 Orchard Road, Singapore
The price is SG$172 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Mandarin Orchard Singapore (SG Clean)
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 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Andaz Singapore - a concept by Hyatt
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.