Fort Canning Park in Singapore Sang Nila Utama Garden

Fort Canning - a unique park in Singapore

Fort Canning Park, in the 14th century the site of palaces during the Kingdom of Singapura, then served as the military headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks during the Second World War. Today, it is a stunning park in the centre of Singapore with numerous attractions and reminders of past times. 

What to see at Fort Canning Park in Singapore

Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is an incredibly verdant and charming place with beautiful views of the city. The entire park is a complex of up to nine heritage parks:

  • Armenian Street Park
  • Spice Garden
  • First Botanic Garden
  • Artisan’s Garden
  • Raffles Garden
  • Sang Nila Utama Garden
  • Pancur Larangan
  • Jubilee Park

of which I visited five. In addition, there is a great children's playground at Fort Canning. 

Fort Canning and the colourful Armenian Street

Singapore Old Hill Street Police Station
Old Hill Street Police Station

We headed to Fort Canning after lunch at the Funan shopping mall, from which there is a direct walkway. As we walked along the footbridge we could admire the colourful Old Hill Street Police Station building and the distinctive Central Fire Station building with its beautiful red doors.

On the other side of the footbridge we entered an area known as Armenian Street Park, which contains the Armenian Church, the colourful Children's Museum and the Peranakan Museum. Just beyond the Children's Museum we found the steps leading up the hill to Fort Canning.

Central Fire Station
Armenian Street in Singapore
Armenian Street i Children's Museum
Armenian Church Singapur
Armenian Church

Sang Nila Utama Garden

Wejście do Fort Canning Park w Singapurze
Park entrance

After reaching the hill by stairs, our first steps were to the Sang Nila Utama Garden park, which transported us straight from Singapore back in time to a 14th-century Javanese-style garden. The garden features traditional elements such as Javanese gates bathed in lush greenery and water pools.

Utama Garden w Fort Canning Park
Sang Nila Utama Garden

Raffles Garden in Fort Canning

From Sang Nila Utama, we walked to Raffles Garden, named after Sir Stamford Raffles, considered the founder of modern Singapore. Sir Raffles' passion was nature, which can be seen in the park.

Pancur Larangan (Forbidden Springs)

Pancur Larangan Fort Canning Park w Singapurze

We then walked across the hill to the Forbidden Springs, or Pancur Larangan. Along the way, we admired the beautiful view of Singapore.

During the reign of the kingdom of Singapura, in the 14th century, Pancur Larangan was a bathing place for upper-class women living in the palace. The fountains were fed by water from a stream flowing down the hill.

Pancur Larangan Fort Canning Park w Singapurze
Co zobaczyć w Singapurze, Fort Canning Park

Jubilee Park in Fort Canning Park

Atrakcje dla dzieci w Singapurze - Jubilee Park Fort Canning

From Pancur Larangan, we went back a bit to walk down the hill and go to Jubilee Park.

Jubilee Park at Fort Canning is a family-friendly space where you can walk across a rope bridge, or slide down a hill on one of several slides. At the bottom of the hill, a mini rope park, swings and a wooden structure await children to practice their agility and balance. 

Singapur z dziećmi, plac zabaw w Jubilee Park w Singapurze
woda pitna w Singapurze

Fort Canning Park in Singapore - practical information

Fort Canning Park is well organised, marked and designed, accessible to visitors at all times. There are restrooms, escalators and potable water stands in various parts of the park.

Opening days

Open everyday

Opening hours

Open all day

Fares

Free entry

How to get to Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park can be accessed from various sides of the hill, from the Orchard Rd. side, Clarke Quay, or Hill Street. It can be reached by underground (CCL, NEL, NSL, DTL, EWL lines) and buses.

One of the more recognised entry places is through a lovely tunnel with stairs (on the Dhoba side of Ghaut Station). We visited this place on our first visit to Singapore, but I don't recommend this entrance for people with pushchairs. It is better to walk a bit further and enter from the Fort Canning side of Centra at Cox Terrace. This is where the lifts are located. Also, there are escalators in some parts of the park.

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