Fort Canning Hill, formerly Government Hill, Singapore Hill and Bukit Larangan (Forbidden Hill in Malay), is a small hill, about 48 metres (157 ft) high, in the southeast portion of the island city-state of Singapore, within the Central Area that forms Singapore's central business district. It is named after Viscount Charles John Canning, the first Viceroy of India. Although small in physical size, it has a long history intertwined with that of the city-state due to its location as the highest elevation within walking distance to the city's civic district, within the Downtown Core. It is also a popular location for exhibitions, concerts and outdoor recreation.
The Malays called the hill Bukit Larangan or Forbidden Hill since olden times. This is due to the belief that it is the place where the kings of ancient Singapore were laid to rest, and it was believed to be haunted. It is also believed that a palace once stood on the hill. A settlement on the hill in the 14th century was referred to as Ban Zu (from the Malay pancur) by the Yuan dynasty traveller Wang Dayuan. Later, Sir Stamford Raffles built his residence there, which was also used by other Residents and Governors. It became known as Government Hill until it was renamed Fort Canning in 1861, when a military fort was built on the site. Today it is the location of both the Fort Canning Reservoir and Fort Canning Park.
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Alex Ng | May 20, 2018
A really nice stroll at Fort Canning Park Visited Fort Canning Park after a rainy afternoon so temperatures were nice and cooler. The Park is located on a hill so some parts of walkway is fairly steep but definitely walkable with any type of shoes. Saw many others doing the stroll at the same time too. There are several attractions at Fort Canning Park such as the BattleBox, Raffles House etc but our favourite must be the Spice Garden. Really interesting to see where the spices which we often cook with originate from. Neither of us recognize any of the trees except for the banana tree lol. A must see if you ask me 😀 The downside of this place is the many groups of foreign workers gathering and spending their Sunday together. They weren’t a nuisance in any way, just some were in the way along the walking path. Perhaps on a non rainy day, they would be on the grass instead of the walkways. Challenge - see if you can spot some of the trees and sights we took 😎
mukulrs | May 20, 2018
It's a good green place to walk and can view different prts of city from a small hill. Some of the trees 🌲 are very old and you have variety of different trees. Saw youngsters , families coming for a picnic sorts. There are few historic events associated with the place and you find few places marked like gate, bunker... Not a big fan of history so my views could neglect something that may be considered by historians. In all a good place for a healthy stroll and just taking walk on this hill.
Josh Ng | Apr 7, 2018
A city park with huge historical significance for Singapore. But its very small. A walk around it takes only 30min. Most historical structures are not too different from conserved structures in Singapore. There is also a strange looking 3 sty modern but abandoned building right on top next to the reservoir.
Robbie Say | May 17, 2018
Fort canning park is an excellent place to visit with family and friends. Whether you want to visit to marvel at the nature or to learn more about singapores history, you will find enjoyment there. Fort siloso is a really awesome place with nature trails and reconstructed forts that you can visit. For those wondering, there are toilets and parking lots in the area. This place is also wheelchair accessible with lifts and ramps to accommodate wheelchairs.
Johan Böhlin | Mar 31, 2018
Beautiful park located high up on a hill. Singapore water reserve is located here due to its height. Walk along the edges of the park to get a nice view of the city, while still experience the beauty of the park. Stay away from the water, or else you will get shot (according to the signs). You can't even access the water, unless you want to climb some fences.
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