Fort Canning Park

Whether you are alone or accompanied by your friends, visiting Fort Canning Park can truly change your experience while staying in Singapore. This iconic hilltop landmark has viewed several historical milestones in the country.  

Fort Canning Park served as the headquarters of British Army Barracks and Far East Command Center. It features nine distinct historical gardens, making it even more attractive than the others.

What are the Different Attractions at Fort Canning Park?

There are different attractions you may visit at Fork Canning Park, namely:

  1. Armenian Street Park

Part of Armenian Street was converted in early in 2019 to establish a public space and a new park for events and people. This initiative was a part of bigger plans to link Bras Basah, Civic District, Bugis, and Fort Canning Park together to create an expanded heritage, cultural, and arts precinct. In the park, there is a planting scheme that connects to the area context, creating synergies between the buildings and outdoor buildings like Armenian Church and Peranakan Museum. Armenian Street Park offers multiple amenities, making everything even more enticing and fabulous.  

  1. Artisan’s Garden 

This was once the area of the craftsmen’s living quarters and workshop a few decades ago. Craftsmen who work here, crafting fine goods for every resident. Right now, the space is considered as one of the historical, archaeological dig sites. Guests can roam around and explore the refreshed interpretive area and attend archaeology-related workshops.

  1. Farquhar Garden 

This is named after the first British Resident of Singapore, renowned Major-General William Farquhar. This garden entices every guest with its living paintings. The typical examples of these are taro, jujube, guava, and gambier.  Farquhar compiled natural and unique wildlife as he explored the Malay Peninsula.

  1. First Botanic Garden

The country’s first experimental and botanical garden with 20 hectares. This space focused on economic crops and growing spices to improve the economy of Singapore.  It has been restored at the peak of Fort Canning Hill, and it stretches into the streetscapes. This garden has five planting zones, namely: Timber, Latex and Resin, Fragrant and Ornamental Trees, Forest Fruits, and Coastal Riverine.

  1. Jubilee Park

This space sits on the western slop of the park. It has utilized to host a wide range of recreational choices for Singaporeans, like Van Kleef Aquarium, National Theatre, and River Valley Swimming Pool in the 20th century. The place has been reinstated as a family-friendly spot where kids can roam around and play with see-saws, slides, logs, and swings.  It is also perfect for performances, events, and outdoor art installations.

Other exciting places to visit in Fort Canning Park are the Forbidden Spring, Raffles Garden, Sang Nila Utama Garden, and Spice Garden.  

Where is Fort Canning Park located?

Fort Canning Park was previously called Singapore Hill, Government Hill, and Forbidden Hill. It is a small hill, more or less 50 meters high. Fort Canning Park is in the southeast part of the island city-portion of Singapore. It is within the Central Area that builds a central business district in Singapore.

Even if it is small, Fort Canning Park marked a long history disheveled with that of the countryside because of its area as the uppermost elevation within walking distance to the civic district of the city. It is also a well-known location for outdoor recreation, concerts, and exhibitions.