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To celebrate Singapore's Bicentennial year, The Avenue For Creative Arts feature Fort Canning Gateway - watercolour by Lim Cheng Hoe.

Fort Canning is an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names.

It will also feature in the first of many bicentennial events - From Sumatran Kings to Stamford Raffles - organised by Singapore's award winning Jane's Tours. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings choose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. 

The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

There's more on this and other Singapore heritage events and tours.

Picture Credit: Fort Canning Gateway by Lim Cheng Hoe. In the National Gallery Collection by courtesy of the Lim Cheng Hoe family.


24 January 2019
As always well written by Ken. Thanks for sharing this article.