Lush and green, Fort Canning is one of Singapore’s most historic places. Reflecting over 700 years of history, from the heyday of the Malay kings of Temasek until the British arrival in 1819, the hill was a seat of power. Now it’s an urban park—a veritable green island in the heart of the city. Come along on a treasure hunt and discover Fort Canning’s many layers of history!
Starting at the foot of Fort Canning Hill, you will discover some of Singapore’s oldest landmarks—the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station, and Masonic Lodge. You’ll walk through the European burial grounds listening to stories about Singapore’s notable 19th-century personalities. Next, we stroll through the lush oasis of Fort Canning’s gardens and the shrine of the Malay kings where your guide shares stories of ancient springs and bathing princesses.
We finish at the Battle Box, an underground bunker, learning about the dramatic events in the days leading up to the 1942 Japanese invasion of the island.
To complement our tour, we suggest arranging your own Battle Box visit, that will include a short film and more WWII history. Please book your time slot/ticket at www.battlebox.com.sg.
Meet your guide at the main gate, Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, 60 Hill St, Singapore 179366
If you are going to Singapore and really want to see the country and understand the history, you need to contact Jane. We are pretty certain if there is anything Jane does not know then it is probably not worth knowing. And she takes you to places not in any guide book, she just seems to know everywhere. Fantastic to spend time with.
I have lived in Singapore for over 20 years and am well read about its history, but still find Jane’s Tour Guides provide me with insights and information of which I wasn’t previously aware. The research that is behind many of the activities is clearly immense and I particularly love hearing stories about the people who lived in the places we are seeing.
I am very impressed with these tours and I have done 6 so far. When I book a stay in Singapore, I check Jane’s calendar for my next experience. The groups are small, the guides are well informed and the itineraries are well thought out. I have discovered an interest in places that I have previously walked past . I look forward to learning more about the varied parts of Singapore.
The name Orchard Road conjures up visions of gleaming high rise apartment buildings, glitzy shopping malls, and office towers filled with glamorous hotels and high-end restaurants. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that there’s a rich history lurking among the monuments to shopping and consumption, with nearby gems like Emerald Hill providing oases of tranquillity.
Photo Credit to Heidi Sarna