#9 Fort Canning Park

Has anyone noticed the cut-outs of cows and hearts around the parks of Singapore? They were put recently to commemorate the 50 years that Singapore has been a ‘City in a Garden’. Last weekend, I visited Fort Canning Park where there were several multi-coloured cow posters at the entrance. I think it is a really creative and interesting idea. You can leave a comment about the cows here-http://www.moovemedia.com.sg/fun/ to win a prize.

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Here are some pictures at the entrance of Fort Canning Park. The last picture is a tree with buttress roots and vines that I really admired.

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There are a wide range of trees in Fort Canning Park- including magnificent rain trees, fig trees, frangipani and pine trees. They give the park a very magical and calm ambience!

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There were also some unique, art sculptures displayed around the park. I especially liked the cows made of recycled material!

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Towards the end of the park, there was a small secret tunnel called the ‘Sally Port’ which were one of the three forts at Fort Canning. It’s actually the only one that is remaining!

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Did you know Fort Canning Park was the location for Singapore’s first Botanical gardens? It also carries rich ancient heritage as it was named after John Canning, the governor-general and first Vicerory of  India. It was used as a fort during the 1920-1930s with offices, a hospital, and a storage for guns. A  Battle Box was built also as an underground bunker. This is a photo of a cannon:

I couldn’t spot any birds or insects on this short trip (though I heard them!) I hope to share more pictures from my next trip.  Thanks for reading!

Lavanya Prakash

https://mynatureexperiences.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/MyNatureExp

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One thought on “#9 Fort Canning Park

  1. I like you photographs, you’ve picked out some beautiful details from Fort Canning. I strolled around the margins today and was intrigued by the cow theme. Can you shed any light on the significance of the cows. They seem to portray some of the different groups that have formed part of Singapore’s history. But why cows?

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