Fort Canning: a city oasis in Singapore

When:   July 2014             Weather:   Hot  30C

Leica M240/35mm summilux and M Monochrom/50APO summicron

 

Singapore is a city state and very built up but at the same time there are pockets of green which provide welcome relief..one of these is Fort Canning Park.  Having never visited it before, I thought I’d explore it a bit….

Fort Canning is on a hill which overlooks the city and there are historical ruins and world war II buildings set in a park topped by a reservoir.  There is also a hotel there…converted from an old building..the Fort Canning Hotel.

Fort Canning Hotel

Fort Canning Hotel

Fort gate

Fort gate

There are a few paths around the reservoir and it’s a shady cool walk with lots of interesting features…Stamford Raffles built his house on the hill, overlooking the city…with Raffles Terrace below..

Raffles Terrace and house in background

Raffles Terrace and house in background

 

The flagstaff is a replica of the orginal and stands majestically in front of the house..

Flagstaff with the Marina Bay Sands in the distant background

Flagstaff with the Marina Bay Sands in the distant background

 

Flagstaff detail

Flagstaff detail

 

Shady walks

Shady walks

Time ball

Time ball

 

Raffles House

Raffles House

 

Magpie Robin

Magpie Robin

 

Cannons facing south as part of the southern battery

Cannons facing south as part of the southern battery

 

Graduates posing in the scenic surrounds

Graduates posing in the scenic surrounds

 

Tomb of a Sultan

Tomb of a Sultan

 

The Battle Box : an old underground bunker, now a museum but closed for maintenance

The Battle Box : an old underground bunker, now a museum but closed for maintenance

 

A 'Sally Port' allowing access up to the fort

A ‘Sally Port’ allowing access up to the fort

 

 

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