Melody
Fort Canning Park, Singapore
(March 10th, 2006)

I know it's hard to read those words from the above picture, so I typed them out for your easy reading:

The Gate of Fort Canning
This gate and adjoining wall are all that remain of a fort which was built on this hill between 1859 and 1861. The hill, previously known as Government Hill, was then renamed Fort Canning Hill after Lord Charles John Canning, the Governor General of India.

Fort Canning was part of a series of 19th-century fortifications including Fort Fullerton, Fort Palmer, Fort Teregah, and Fort Faber. To construct Fort Canning, the top of the hill was levelled to create a flat area of 7 acres (3 hectares).

In 1867 the fort had seven 68-pounder guns, eight 8-inch guns, two 13-inch mortars, and some 14-pounder cannonades. The Fort buildings included barracks for Indian and European soldiers, a hospital, and gunpowder magazines.

Most of the fortress was demolished in 1926 when a service reservoir was constructed.
14 Responses

  1. Nymeth Says:

    I'm loving the new series, Melody :)


  2. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I love seeing more of Singapore. And old forts and buildings! I love to imagine who walked there before me!


  3. bermudaonion Says:

    I'm always in awe when I visit a place like that.


  4. Jennifer Says:

    Memories!!!


  5. Darlene Says:

    How interesting! Like Sandy, I always wonder what went on before - who was there, what was happening.


  6. dArLyN Says:

    wow..suddenly i feel like i'm in a history class.. *LOL*


  7. Julia Says:

    Those were some interesting series of photos. And I thought it interesting to learn some known info fact about The Gate of Fort Canning.


  8. Melody Says:

    Thank you, everyone! I'm glad you all are enjoying my Singapore series! :)


  9. Love those old ivied walls!
    Here's my Woredless Wednesday.


  10. Iliana Says:

    Thank you for typing that out for us Melody! Loving the tour of Singapore!


  11. Trish Says:

    I'm ashamed to admit that I know very little about Singapore, but I've really loved your series of Singapore related Wordless Wednesdays. Last I blogged you were still in Germany (via pictures) so this is a lovely change of scenery to experience vicariously. :)


  12. Violet Says:

    yay, thanks for this series, Its a good way to know more about places I haven't visited in Singapore yet. I'll keep this in mind.


  13. Alice Teh Says:

    Very nice, Melody!