Take a morning walk amidst lush greenery in the heart of the city at Fort Canning Park. Formerly known as Bukit Larangan (Forbidden Hill), this locale was a seat of power for both Malay kings and British colonial governors.
Nature lovers can learn about the region’s culinary tradition with a one-kilometre walking trail at the Spice Gardens, while history buffs should visit the Archaeological Dig Exhibition, which showcases relics and artefacts that have been unearthed at Fort Canning Park, some of which date back to the 14th century. We recommend visiting in the early morning and bringing an umbrella in case it rains or gets too sunny.
History can be learnt from more than just textbooks; to be inspired by Singapore’s storied past, pay a visit to the National Museum of Singapore. Just a stone’s throw away from Fort Canning Park, the nation’s oldest museum is a trove of exhibits that offers insights into the grand arc and span of our country’s history. These range from Modern Colony—which uncovers Singapore’s colonial and cosmopolitan past—to Surviving Syonan, which documents the lives of Singaporeans during the Japanese Occupation.
If you’d like to acquaint yourself with Singapore’s heritage on a more intimate scale, we recommend visiting Growing Up. This permanent exhibition explores the lives of Singaporeans in the post-war years, and provides an up-close look into their day-to-day affairs.
A paradise for architecture and art aficionados alike, National Gallery Singapore was once Singapore’s City Hall and Supreme Court. It now serves as the city’s preeminent art gallery, and is bound to refine your aesthetic sensibilities, with its masterfully restored interiors and collection of over 8,000 works of art. Notable artists whose work have been exhibited here include Yayoi Kusama, Ai Wei Wei and Mark Rothko.
If you’ve never thought of food as art in its own right, you’ll gain a new perspective on dining at Odette. Helmed by Chef Julien Royer, this two-starred Michelin restaurant serves up exquisitely plated dishes that are feasts for both the eyes and the stomach.