I only visited Fort Canning Park on my last day in Singapore and I was sorry I left it so late.

The park is located close to Clarke Quay in central Singapore and has a long, interesting history. there was a palace on the hill in the 13th century and the king of Singapura, Sang Nila Utama was also laid to rest there. during colonial times, the British built the governors residence on the hill. Later, a fort – Fort Canning was established and the hill was renamed after the it.

The park is well worth a walk around and has many tress which provide some shade from the sun. On the Saturday I was there, the park was packed with groups of local teenagers enjoying some food and music.

there are many interesting features to explore in the park, such as the Spice Garden, nature walks and the old lighthouse. the lighthouse was established in 1903 and was used to guide ships safely in to the harbour.

I had a great time wandering around the park and reading the different signs with interesting history and facts about the locations. At certain points, you also get some great views over the city as well. The feature I found most interesting though was the old tombstones around the edge of fort Canning Green. The green used to be a graveyard but in recent times the tombstones were removed with some being inset into the walls surrounding the green.

Many of the tombstones date back to the 1800’s and give an insight into the sort of people who travelled by sea to Singapore.

the park is a great place to unwind and enjoy some quiet time in an otherwise bustling city.

Take a look at my Gallery to see more pictures from Fort Canning Park and Singapore