"Climb the Fort Canning Hill" Singapore Things to Do Tip by kelnsha
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Once known as Bukit Larangan or Forbidden Hill, Fort Canning Hill is home to a shrine to Sultan Iskander Shah, the last ruler of the ancient kingdom of Singapura. Archaeological digs in the park have also uncovered Javanese artefacts from the 14th-century Majapahit Empire.
When Sir Stamford Raffles arrived, the only reminder of the sultan's long-gone kingdom was an earthen wall that stretched from the sea to the top of Fort Canning Hill. Raffles built his modest atap-roofed residence atop the hill in 1822 and it later became Government House untill the military replaced it with Fort Canning in 1860, named in honour of Viscount Canning, first Viceroy of India.
Little is left of the hill's historic buildings; a couple of Gothic gateways lead into the pleasant park where gravestones from the old Christian cemetary are embedded in the brick walls. There is also a spice garden here, on the site of Raffles' original botanic garden; guided tours can be arranged through the at-sunrice cooking academy based in the monumental Fort Canning Centre, the former barracks building dating from 1926.
Also on Fort Canning Hill is the Battle Box, Singapore's largest underground military operations complex during WWII. This warren of 26 rooms and tunnels now houses a fascinating hi-tech exhibition on the fall of Singapore in 1942. In one room you can gaze through binocular-like lenses to view holographic figures tapping out Morse messages; the Japanese codes are still etched on the walls.
The park host several outdoor events each year including WOMAD and Ballet under the Stars.
Address: 51 Canning Rise
Directions: There are three MRT stations to access to Fort Canning Hill. They are City Hall, Dhoby Gaut and Clark Quay.
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