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XpLoRe SG : Fort Canning

By tina - tOonZone, June 18, 2011

Today's trekking is more to historical walk, I suppose.. :) Decided to go Fort Canning to enjoy 1 hour walking exercise, me, Erik, Stefanus and my sister were meeting up at dhoby ghaut MRT to go Fort Canning together.

This national park welcoming us with a dragon warrior (KungFu Panda) stairs. In the end of the stairs, we saw a bottle of Coke (not sure who put the bottle there). Along the way, these were the things we enjoyed:

  1. Gothic Gate
  2. ROM Building
  3. Spice Garden
    You are now walking down the steps that pave the way through the spice garden. This Spice Garden is a small replica of the original garden Sir Stamford Raffles established in 1822 as the first experimental and botanical garden in Singapore. At that time, spices were as valuable as gold among the English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese. There was a fight for control over the sources and routes to the Spice Islands of Southeast Asia and India. In response to this fervor, the garden at Fort Canning was planted mainly with nutmeg, clove and other economic plants. This pandan-scented garden is now a showcase of local herbs and spices. The butterfly pea, tamarind, ginger and lemongrass are some of the plants you can see, touch and smell at the Spice Garden. More importantly, this garden, as with the rest of the lush greenery at Fort Canning, is a main source 5 of food for local fauna. Squirrels, butterflies, birds and dragonflies are part of the large living habitat thriving on this hill.
  4. Keramat (don't dare to take photo here :p)
    At this terrace, view the keramat or shrine, an old tomb that purportedly contains the remains of Sri Sultan Iskandar Shah, the fifth and last ruler of pre-colonial Singapore
  5. 9-Pound Cannon and South Battery
    This cannon dates back to the 19th century and had become obsolete before the fortification at Fort Canning was constructed. Most probably it was used at Scandal Point, an earlier fortification at the east end of the Padang. You can see a similar cannon standing 200m ahead, which is the area in which the main battery of guns was erected in the 19th century. The guns were mounted on carriages that could be pivoted to enable the guns to cover a wide arc of fire.
  6. Raffles House, Raffles Terrace
    This is the site on which Sir Stamford Raffles built his bungalow for the beautiful view it commanded. It was also the place of residence for a long line of governors. This site offers an excellent vantage point for the dome of the Old Supreme Court and other well-known landmarks in the civic district. Fort Canning Hill became an important communication center after the British established a port here in 1819. The first communication facility built on the hill was a flagstaff. This was followed in the 19th century by a time ball, a lighthouse, and a telegraph office. Learn more about the uses of these communication facilities by visiting the replicas at Raffles Terrace.
  7. Flagstaff
    This flagstaff is a replica of the original that used to stand on Fort Canning Hill.The flagstaff provided pertinent information on the arrival, identity, location, and status of ships entering Singapore harbour.The first Fort Canning flagstaff was already standing in 1825. In addition to this flagstaff, another stood on Mt Faber.The original wooden flagstaff on this hill was later replaced by a steel structure, which was removed by the Japanese about 1943 for unknown reasons during their occupation of Singapore. The British erected another flagstaff on the hill after World War II, but it was only used for flying a British flag. This last flagstaff was removed when the microwave tower was built.
  8. Historical story of Singapore
  9. Fitness Station

Until then we saw the Coke bottle.. \(^-^)/ Yeay.. Time to breakfast and go back home..

Source: National Parks Website

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