Fort Canning Hill, formerly known as Bukit Larangan (Malay for “Forbidden Hill”) and Government Hill, is one of the most historic landmarks in Singapore. It housed many facilities and buildings including a military command centre and the Governor’s House. It also bore witness to many key historic events particularly Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival’s crucial decision to surrender to the Japanese. Today, the hill is known to many as Fort Canning Park.
Take a trip back in time in this story map to learn more about the history of the iconic buildings and sites on this important hill.
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This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the historic buildings and sites found on Fort Canning Hill.
The title of the base map used in this story map is “Singapore Sheet Numbers 189,190, 209, 210” (1933).
This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), Fort Canning Hill: Exploring Singapore’s Heritage and Nature (2013), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), In Granite and Chunam: The National Monuments of Singapore (1996), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).