Singapore Fort Canning Hill also known as The Forbidden Hill – Check out the 3 in 1 activities in this Historical Park!

Fort Canning is the 18 hectare hill park located in the central of Singapore city.  A popular spots for picnic and cultural performances.

There are few things you could do in Fort Canning Park, explore the :
1. History Trail
2. Spice Garden Trail
3. Heritage Trees of the Fort Trail

Fort Canning Singapore

The original name was called Bukit Larangan. In Malay, Larangan mean “Forbidden” so Bukit Larangan mean Forbidden Hill. It was due to the belief of that the place is the rest place of ancient kings in Singapore and believed to be haunted in olden days.

Fort Canning Singapore

Later Sir Stamford Raffles came to Singapore and built his residence, a wooden bunglow with attap roof so the name changed to Government Hill.  A better name not as scary.

Fort Canning Singapore

In 1861 the name get changed again to Fort Canning after a fort was built on the hilltop.

Fort Canning Singapore

Heritage tree :  Ear Pod Tree

While walking up the steps towards the hill top, you will encounter few huge giant heritage tree.  Ear Pod Tree is one of the heritage tree in Fort Canning. The seeds of the tree look like an ear form so that that’s how it gets it common name.  Jane waiting for Tarzan to come to the rescue!  🙂 🙂

Fort Canning Singapore : Heritage Tree - Ear Pod Tree

When you reached the hill top, you will notice some people practice taichi under shade of big trees.

Fort Canning Singapore

Gate of Fort Canning

Gate of Fort Canning Singapore

The gate was built between 1859 and 1861.  After the gate was built, the name changed to Fort Canning Hill as the hill was converted into a fort from the previous Government Hill.

Gate of Fort Canning Singapore

Fort Canning Singapore

Sculpture Trail in Fort Canning

Fort Canning Singapore

There are many sculptures can be found in Fort Canning Park.  These sculptures are completed by various artists in Singapore.

Sculptures in Fort Canning Singapore

Without the explanation I doubt I can understand anything!!

Some of the woods here were found in Fort Canning and used by the artist. Like I said I totally have no clue what these woods resemble but the Wind Chamber at the far right (below picture) caught my attention.

The Wind Chamber is a rectangle box with many holes which serves as a winder catcher, it allows visitor to enjoy the melodies created by the wind

Sculptures in Fort Canning Singapore

Another sculpture, not sure what is this?  Look like a hand to me.

Sculptures in Fort Canning Singapore

Outdoor Wedding Occasion

Surrounded by huge trees and lush foliage this is a great outdoor wedding venue!

Fort Canning Singapore - Wedding venue

Purple Swing in Fort Canning 

Purple Swing in Fort Canning Singapore

Fort Canning – Old Married Soldiers’ Quarter

The single-storey white building is an air-conditioned indoor venue for event and functions or even wedding.

OMSQ in Fort Canning Singapore

Fort Canning is the hot spot for photography enthusiast.

Fort Canning Singapore

I spotted few group of young families were having their family pictures shooting session in Fort Canning with the professional photographer.

Fort Canning Singapore

9 Pound Cannon in Fort Canning

There used to be a pair of cannons at Fort Canning Park but today only left one. Made in the early 19th century, the cannons were meant to shoot 9-pound cannonballs.

9 Pound Cannon in Fort Canning

Fort Canning Singapore

History Trail in Fort Canning : Keramat Iskandar Shah

Keramats are often tombs, and it has been claimed that this site is the burial place for Sri Sultan Iskandar Shah, the last of the five kings who ruled Singapore during the golden age of the Malay Kingdom in the 14th century. It was speculated in local Malay folklore that even the first Malay king, Sang Nila Utama were also buried on Fort Canning Hill. This is an auspicious place where some believe they can ask for favours from the supernatural.  I was actually quite scare and do not dare to get close to the keramat, only looking from afar.

Keramat Iskandar Shah in Fort Canning Singapore

Archaeological Dig Exhibition in Fort Canning

Archaeological Dig Exhibition in Fort Canning

Archaeological pit

Archaeological pit in Fort Canning Singapore

There is a little museum showing artifacts in the 14th century, few piece and pieces of broken earth-ware, stone ware & glass shards.  Some were Chinese imported stone ware.

Artifacts in Fort Canning Singapore

Spice Garden Trail in Fort Canning

Spice Garden in Fort Canning Singapore

It has a very huge range of spice from Thai basil, cinnamon, black pepper, curry trees, nutmeg and many more planted in this garden all being labelled.  If you love spice and plants, don’t miss out this portion of Fort Canning.

Spice Garden in Fort Canning Singapore

Spotted a chicken in the spice garden.

Fort Canning Singapore

Fort Canning Singapore

Gothic Gate

Another iconic landmark not to be missed, the Gothic Gate located near the spice garden.  The letters above both gates, “IHS” are iota, eta and sigma, the first three letters of the Greek word for Jesus.  This is a gateway into Fort Canning Green – Christian cemetery.

Gothic Gate in Fort Canning Singapore

Fort Canning Battle Box 

Battle Box Fort Canning Singapore

Battle box is the underground command center built under Fort Canning.  A guided tour will bring you through the underground museum.  An insight into the battle!  Admission fees for Battle Box is needed!  Click the link to check out the timetable for the guided tour and prices.

Battle Box Fort Canning Singapore

Fort Canning Art Center

The building was originally constructed in 1926 as a British army barracks but now converted into some cafes and restaurants and some private art museum.

Art Center Fort Canning Singapore

There are not many eatery in the Art Center but there few nice cafe and up market restaurants, one of them is the FORT by Maison Ikkoku.

Cafe & Restaurants in Fort Canning Singapore

After all the exploring  of the historical site and spice garden and the big heritage tree trail, it is time to reward myself with some gelato ice-cream and enjoying the air-cond!

Giovanni L in Fort Canning Singapore

Current exhibition : Piece of Peace build by Lego

Fort Canning Singapore Art Center

Fort Canning Singapore Art Center

How to get to Fort Canning Hill?

  • Entrance : Free
  • Nearest MRT : Fort Canning MRT (only open on 21 Oct 2017)
  • Alternative MRT : Alight at Clarke Quay Station (Exit E) or Dhoby Ghaut Station (Exit B).

Fort Canning Singapore View from the Hill Top

Singapore Fort Canning Hill : The Forbidden Hill

1. History Trail
2. Spice Garden
3. Trees of the Fort Trail

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