Go from CBD to chaos-free in minutes. Going Places Singapore reveals how to get your dose of Zen in the heart of the city.
Imagine a place in Singapore where Malay royalty once ruled in medieval times, the British decided to surrender to the invading Japanese during the Second World War, and more recently, some of the world’s biggest music acts played to screaming audiences.
This unlikely combination of events has taken place at the hilltop Fort Canning Park, one of the country’s historical landmarks. The park was originally known as Bukit Larangan, or 'Forbidden Hill' in Malay. Today, the 18-hectare space is chock full of attractions – from ancient artefacts for history buffs to outdoor lawns for concerts, and of course, greenery for nature lovers. The charming boutique Hotel Fort Canning, also lies here.
Some highlights include the Maritime Corner @ Fort Canning which tells the story of Singapore's evolution from an entrepot trading post to an international maritime centre, and the Fort Gate, a remnant of a fortress built that was built here in the 19th Century. There's also the Spice Garden, the ASEAN Sculpture Garden and Battle Box, a former underground military complex that was used in WWII.