Fort Canning Park July 2022

Having just finished up the shopping at Sim Lim Square and having half the day remaining, I decided to head to another place suggested by a friend, Fort Canning Park. And remember, I like to walk everywhere, even in 30c heat, so coming back from Sim Lim Square, I stopped for some fast food, then headed back to the Funan center via the tunnels from Raffels City, as there is a bridge connecting to one of the entrances to the park.

And yes, I am aware you can get to the park from several MRT stations, but at the time of this visit, I was unaware of it, so I used the bridge from Funan, followed by way too many steps. Lesson learned; next time, I will take the MRT escalators.

There are many things to see at the park, but from my research, the Fort Gate was at the top of my list. Anyway, on one side of the gate, there was a sign with some background information on the gate and the park in general, which, being interested in history, was fascinating.

From the sign: [My Photo of the sign]

The structure before you is Fort Gate, the entrance of a British-build fort completed on this hill in 1860. The fort was named Fort Canning after then then-Governor-General of India, Lord Charles John Canning. Its construction began in March 1859, and involved the labour of over 500 men.

Fort Canning was built to protect Singapore from seaborne attacks. Fort Gate, the main entrance to the fort, therefore strategically faced the beach. This made it difficult for invading seaborne forces to breach the fort unnoticed. A second purpose of the fort was to provide refuge for Singapore's European population in the event of local unrest.

Fort Canning originally had a call and moat running around its perimeter. The fort wall was low and thick, and constructed to withstand artillery bombardment. It had an outer face of granite and a brick interior, with an earthen fill in between to absorb the impact of cannonballs. Today only a small fragment of this wall and the Fort Gate survive from the original Fort Canning.

Fort Gate
Nikon D850, 28-70@56mm, f2.8, 1/50s.

My timing was perfect for taking the above photo, as a school excursion arrived just after I took it.

Moving on to the next place on the list, the Mural Wall, an impressive sandstone carving showing scenes that may have happened in ancient Singapore. And yes, this is another one I plan to revisit with my good camera and a tripod during my next trip.

Fort Canning Park 1
Nikon D850, 28-70@34mm, f4, 1/160s.

Moving on from the Mural wall, and just some general wanderings

Fort Canning Park 2
Nikon D850, 28-70@45mm, f4.5, 1/200s .

In my general wanderings, I came across Raffles Garden and took this shot to show how centrally located the park is, and yes, that's the Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background.

Fort Canning Park 3
Nikon D850, 28-70@28mm, f4.5, 1/2000s .

Now this park used to be, as the name suggests, a Fort, so seeing some artillery was not unexpected. This is one example of what I believe is a 9-pound canon.

Fort Canning Park 4
Nikon D850, 28-70@28mm, f8, 1/250s

It's been a long day; having visited both Sim Lim Square and this park, the step count was at a new record (so far), so it was back to the hotel for food and to put the feet up.

Daily Stats: 32, 370 steps. 28.01km

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