Singapore’s Past – Historical Forts
Singapore is well-known for her greenery – many are known to visit the wide variety of flora and fauna at the Flower Dome, or get close with nature by hiking through the Southern Ridges or MacRitchie Reservoir. While this clean and green city is also home to the only tropical garden to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lesser known are her forts that provide both a plethora of plants and even more significant, played vital roles in Singapore’s past.
Spectacular as sites for a learning journey regarding Singapore’s history, here are two forts you should definitely check out!
1. Fort Canning
Located in the heart of Singapore, did you know that Fort Canning spans from Dhoby Ghaut to Clarke Quay? Walking through the fort links two bustling hubs of Singapore’s city together! Even more interestingly, this fort is also home to a hotel and is commonly used for festivals throughout the year. Modernity aside, this place was once the site where Sir Stamford Raffles, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sultan Hussein Shah signed the Singapore Treaty. Military use and education was also another purpose of the fort, and in a darker aspect of Singapore’s history, this was where the British surrendered to the Japanese during World War II. Learn more about Singapore’s interesting usage of the fort and even its archaeological findings in more recent years!
2. Fort Siloso
Off Singapore’s mainland lies Fort Siloso on Sentosa. While Sentosa is more well-known for her party lifestyle, boozy evenings and adrenaline-pumping activities, it’s past was not as bright before. Home to a prisoner-of-war camp after the surrender of the British to the Japanese, Fort Siloso was designed to protect Singapore from sea invaders from the South during World War II. Presently, it is the only coastal gun battery to be restored for educational purposes and preservation of the historic site, completed with a military museum that makes it ideal for a learning journey or study tour for building knowledge of Singapore’s military history.
Forts encompass a huge part of Singapore’s military history, having withstood the test of time and being constantly re-purposed for better use. YMCA Learning Centre Singapore carries out learning journey programmes to these areas as part of our study tours!