Fort Canning Park

11/28/10

I forget that so many of Singapore's landmarks and places of interest are located so closely together. A very short walk from the Peranakan Museum is Fort Canning Park. The park is cool and covered in shade, making it a perfect respite from the beating sun and hot sidewalks. It's a small and quiet park, but it has so much history. This is the blurb about Fort Canning Park from Singapore's National Parks website: 

Steeped in history, Fort Canning Hill was once known as "Forbidden Hill". This is because Malays in the 19th century believed that it was the seat of royalty for rulers of Temasek (or "Sea Town", an old name for Singapore) in the 1300s. Later, Singapore's colonial leaders made their residences there, and the hill became a military base during the Second World War. Today, ancient relics dating back to the 14th century have been unearthed and the Fort Gate, remnant of the fortress built in the 1860s, is a reminder of Singapore's colonial past.

I was here with notabilia and although we covered a lot of ground, I am pretty sure there is a lot left to explore. Maybe the next time I'm nearby I'll take another stroll through the park and see what I missed.

8 comments:

  1. oooh is it dog friendly??? bet stan n joe joe would love to hang out where you took the last 2 photos :o)

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  2. I think it is dog-friendly, but I haven't figured out how to take the dogs anywhere without a car. I need to try hailing a cab and putting them in the back seat. Once I am successful at doing this, the dogs and I will go on many adventures!

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  3. What awesome photos! It looks like a beautiful place!

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  4. these pictures are so great! what a fun adventure!

    p.s. surprise for you on the blog -- you've been wiggled!! :)

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  5. These photo's are GREAT! I'm going to have to add it to my travel destinations list : ) Newest follower!

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  6. so cool how you were born and raised in CA and now living in singapore! i'm born and raised in CA and have been wanting to VISIT singapore! or even live! :)

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  7. These photo's are GREAT! I'm going to have to add it to my travel destinations list : ) Newest follower!

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  8. wow what a cool park! I love exploring places like this :)

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