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Fort Canning Park is an iconic hilltop landmark that witnessed many of Singapore's historical milestones. The hill once sited the palaces of 14th century Kings and served as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. The decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was also made on the hill, in the Underground Far East Command Centre, commonly known as Battle Box. Today, Fort Canning Park features nine historical gardens - the Pancur Larangan, Artisan’s Garden, Sang Nila Utama Garden, Jubilee Park (Phase 1), Raffles Garden, First Botanic Garden, Farquhar Garden, Spice Garden and Armenian Street Park.
Fort Canning Park is a venue for celebrations. Its expansive, sprawling lawns play host to concerts, theatre productions and festivals such as Shakespeare in the Park, Ballet Under the Stars, Shakespeare in the Park and Films at the Fort, while weddings, parties and gatherings are a regular sight in the park's venue spaces. Its ancient artifacts are a must-see for history buffs, and its lush greenery and expansive lawns offer a variety of arts, heritage and nature experiences. Whether you are drawn by the park's ancient artifacts and rich heritage or simply its tranquillity, this hilltop park offers something for the whole family.
Alight at Fort Canning Station (Exit B), Clarke Quay Station (Exit E) or Dhoby Ghaut Station (Exit B). Fort Canning Station, you could come out from Exit B, turn left to Jubilee Park. If you are from Clarke Quay Station, come out from Exit E, turn left and walk along Coleman Bridge. Turn left again at the end of Coleman Bridge and head towards the pedestrian overhead bridge along River Valley Road. Cross the overhead bridge and you will enter Fort Canning Park. Finally, if you are coming from Dhoby Ghaut Station, from Exit B, cross Penang Road, turn left and keep a lookout for the tunnel leading to Fort Canning Park.
Under a multi-agency project, part of Armenian Street was pedestrianized earlier 2019 to create a new park and public space for people and events, as part of more extensive plans to connect Fort Canning Park, Bras Basah, Bugis, and the Civic District to form an expanded arts, cultural and heritage precinct. A planting scheme that relates to the site context creates synergies between the outdoors and the surrounding buildings, such as the Peranakan Museum and Armenian Church.
Additionally, the main park parcel showcases plants in mobile planter boxes that represent the Peranakan culture. Visitors can find plant collections curated according to recipes such as curries and Nyonya desserts, various uses in everyday life like flowers for hair adornments and plants used for potpourri, as well as their symbolic value like Fingered Citron which symbolizes happiness and longevity to the Peranakans. The park has supporting amenities which cater to a series of regular events to further add vibrancy to the expanded arts, cultural and heritage precinct.
The Artisan's Garden was once the site of the craftsmen's workshop and living quarters in the 14th century. Artisans who enjoyed royal patronage lived and worked here, making fine goods for the residents on this hill. This ancient artisans' workshop was also one of the few palatial areas open to non-royals. It was located here on the lower eastern slope to be accessible to commoners as forests and salt marshes surrounded other sides of the hill.
Today, space is one of the last archaeological dig sites that has been retained in Singapore. Visitors can explore the refreshed interpretive area to appreciate better what the site used to be, as well as learn about the archaeological excavations and their findings on Fort Canning. There is also a decked activity space which will regularly host archaeology-related workshops.
Fort Canning Lodge, nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Fort Canning Park, one of the city’s greenest and most historic areas, is owned and managed by the YWCA of Singapore. Conveniently located near Orchard Road, Singapore’s famous shopping and entertainment hub, this property is within walking distance of the Dhoby Ghaut Mass Rapid Transit Station, museums, and cultural centers. Together with its comprehensive services and facilities, Fort Canning Lodge is ideal for both leisure tourists and corporate clients.
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel is located near the famed Orchard Road shopping area, the Suntec City Convention Center, and the Singapore Exhibition Hall. It is also next to Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Robertson Quay, which offer an exciting blend of entertainment, shopping, and a variety of dining experiences from international cuisines to delectable local fare. The hotel features 403 beautifully appointed rooms, five meeting rooms, a fitness center, swimming pool, restaurants, and a bar. There is a supermarket in the basement of the hotel, and guests will find the swimming pool area the best place to relax after a long day. This is a good value hotel that offers the convenience of an excellent location. For your reservation, please select the dates of your stay and complete our secure online booking form.