"Let's visit Fort Canning; there's a Kampung exhibition I want to see."
We left the National Museum in Singapore, planning to continue our self-made Night Festival trail at Fort Canning. It involved quite a bit of walking, almost resembling a mini-hike, as we climbed slopes and stairs.
"Finally," I exclaimed as I spotted the building from a distance.
Festival at the Fort 2023 was also taking place, likely in conjunction with the Singapore Night Festival. Besides the three ongoing exhibitions, there were additional activities scheduled for all weekends.
We were glad to reunite with air conditioning, something I eagerly anticipated, besides the art, due to the intense humidity. We were currently in the peak of the summer season, and the humidity was unbearable. Walking down the corridor, we were welcomed by the Lost Cities Exhibition in the atrium. I appreciated how the Fort Canning Centre preserved many stories and cultural aspects from the past that many of us might have missed or forgotten while growing up. It offered insight into the challenging times during the Kampung era and how it differs in modernized Singapore.
We continued our exploration in the Fort Canning Heritage Gallery, delving deeper into the history of Fort Canning, its past uses, and the changes that have occurred over time. I was fascinated by the collection of various artifacts recovered from the site, as well as a well-preserved pillar displayed in a timeless glass case.
Our journey continued on level 3, where we explored topics such as biodiversity in Fort Canning and Farquhar's collection. The history seamlessly blended with the space, featuring a video installation that showcased Singapore's journey from ancient times to colonization, independence, and its growth into one of the world's most advanced countries today.
Fort Canning Centre offered us more than I had anticipated, with its variety of heritage treasures, galleries, and ever-changing activity and exhibition spaces. It has become a place that holds more meaning for me than just a park for post-meal walks.
Name: Fort Canning Centre
Address: 5 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179620
Opening Hours: 7 am–7 pm