Exploring Fort Canning In Singapore

Ever wondered why Fort Canning in Singapore is a popular tourist destination for visitors of the city-state?

Although it is just a small hill within the central business district, it is beloved by locals and tourists for its enticing scenery and relaxing atmosphere. But perhaps the main reason Fort Canning holds such an appeal is because of its rich historic significance. Once believed to have been the site where palaces were built for Singapore’s ancestral kings, it was later discovered that the area indeed had evidence of ancient ruins. Much later on, it also became a place of significance when the British arrived and established itself within the land.

Exploring Fort Canning In Singapore

Exploring Fort Canning In Singapore

Today, Fort Canning is now a park, offering an extensive array of recreational activities. However, it still has key sites within that every visitor must check out. Fort Canning Center, for example, used to be the barracks of the British Army and is now the home of the Singapore Dance Theater. Fort Canning Green, on the other hand, was once a graveyard and is presently utilized as a venue for concerts and carnivals. The Spice Garden is a replica of the first experimental botanical garden that was spearheaded by Sir Stamford Raffles himself. These are just some of the many things that one can see and learn from at Fort Canning.

When visiting these fascinating attractions, a convenient place to stay is YWCA Fort Canning Lodge. Located within Fort Canning Park itself, it is only 25 minutes from Changi International Airport via taxi. It is also proximate to several business, shopping, and cultural centers, making it an ideal base for both business and leisure travelers. Some key places of interest near the hotel that are also worth visiting include the Central Business District, Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Orchard Road, Little India, and Chinatown. The railway and MRT stations are also conveniently close by, so getting around is made even easier.

Each room of this Singapore hotel boasts elegant wood-tone furnishings and is amply equipped to provide comfort and relaxation. All rooms feature broadband Internet access, cable TV, IDD telephone, individually controlled air-conditioning, a refrigerator, private toilet and shower, and coffee/tea maker. Safety devices for heat and smoke detection are also installed for added security.

In order to handle the business and recreational concerns of guests, the hotel also has an array of facilities and services. Guests can use its ballroom, exhibition hall, and the function rooms for all types of events, while a tennis court and outdoor pool are made available for leisurely exercise. A coffee house and gift shop are also present to satisfy dining and shopping cravings. Other conveniences provided include travel and tour assistance, baggage storage self-service launderette, doctor on-call, wake-up call, and 24-hour security.

If you’re planning a visit to Singapore this June, you might also want to avail of YWCA Fort Canning Lodge’s latest offer. The hotel is currently giving discounted rates to guests staying for a minimum of 2 nights anytime within June 2011. Reservation period is only until June 15, 2011 though, so you might want to get started on making accommodation arrangements with the hotel as early as now.

So go ahead, plan your Fort Canning trip and get a taste of Singaporean history and culture.

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