Fort Canning Park

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What if we show  our Little One a little bit of history … Take a stroll around the fresh air and something to learn. Of course … FORT CANNING PARK. We are staying before the map, studying the route. “Mom, there is no playground in the park!” reports Little One. OMG …. when he learnt to read maps ????? “But there are some real cannons.” I am saving the situation.

The history of FORT CANNING PARK dates back to the 14th century. In the park there are two trials where we can learn about the most important events and facts:  Ancient history trial and Colonial history trial. A bit of botany and art couldn´t harm as well.

It is pity that the first private museum in Singapore, which was housed at the Fort Canning Arts Centre – PINACOTHEQUE DE PARIS, closed its exhibitions in 2016.  This time we were able to admire this beautiful building built in 1926 from outside. It used to be the barracks of the British Army.

Under the Arts Centre used to be the oldest Christian cemetery. He was used in the years 1822 – 1865. The cemetery was the resting place for notable pioneers of Singapore history. Today it is the park. It remains here two Gothic gates, memorial James Brook Napier, gravestones (relocated from the cemetery Bukit Timah) and perimeter walls with tombstones. “Mom, the cannon is not here. ” reports Little One with the dissapointment. We are continuing  to look for them.

Raffles House was built in 1822 during the third visit of Sir Stamford Raffles – Singapore’s founder. The house that stands there now is a replica. “Whoopeeeeeee,  the water!” The drinking fountain giving us refreshment and fun for a few minutes.

“This is a lighthouse, let’s go closer to see him better.” Finally, I am hearing some enthusiasm in his voices. The lighthouse navigated ships safely into port and out  from 1903 to 1953. At that time the shore was much closer than it is now. This is a replica of the original lighthouse.

“I found IT !!!!” shouts Little One and this time the enthusiasm is genuine. We found the cannon. The cannon was not used in combat. It had rather decorative role. It was fire from it 3 times a day to report time – 5 am, 1 pm and 9 pm. Also it served as a warning system in case of fires in the city. This time I am arousing the interest in history.

“Mom, do we have a banana? I’m hungry. ” Little One looking at me with hungry eyes. Fortunately, we have. Benches next excavations is the perfect place for a small snack. Excavations began here in 1984 and reveal various objects such as coins, fragments of pottery, ornaments and other objects from times past. We are taking a close look to the small exhibitions.Fort Canning Hill has different names in the history. First it was know as “Bukit Larangan” or Forbidden Hill. This place should belong to Malaysian kings, it served for the housing and as the burial ground. Although the artifact from 14th century was found, the archaeologists are still looking for evidence that this place actually served as a burial place of kings. An example would be the grave of one of the Malay kings Iskandar Shah. Historians are not sure whether it is actually his grave. Chinese historical texts from  Ming dynasty mentioned that died around 1420, but does not say where is he buried. “Pigeonssssssssss …..” Little One screams and tries to catch them. I guess it was too much information. 🙂

Such a beautiful walk …. “Do you like it here Little One?” I am trying to find out whether the educational afternoon had some effect. “It was good, but can we wukk find some playground tomorrow, okay, Mom?”


It is more the notice than a tip. Due to renovation are following areas closed till june 2019:The Archaeological Dig and The Spice Garden.



Located along Canning Rise.


Fort Canning Park