Sight Seeing around Hotel Fort Canning

sight-seeing

The area around Hotel Fort Canning has several sight seeing attractions, listed in order of must see:

Marina Bay
This is a must see for Singapore – we recommend that you view it at night. There are river boats which take you up and down the Singapore river and out onto the Bay. You can board the boats in the Clarke Quay area. Alternatively you could easily walk down there by following the river. The view is spectacular at night, also it is cooler (view is good during the day too, but it is very hot)

Gardens by the Bay
This is intended to be a night time park. At night the trees all light up. It also hosts a food court called¬† satay by the bay. This is a cluster of local food stalls on the river edge of the gardens which has good local food (but it is difficult to find — so look it up before you go).

Fort Canning Hill
This used to be the headquarters of the British army during the second world war. You can still see the battle box (the bunker they used as HQ during the Japanese invasion of Singapore). The battle box is very close to the conference venue, and today it functions as a tourist attraction.

The hill supposedly has a much longer history. It apparently used to hold ruins of earlier civilizations in Singapore — and still holds the tombs of some of the earlier kings.

City Hall
This is one of the two closest metro (subway) stations– and will be a way to conveniently reach any other location in Singapore. This area is also historically significant — it contains the parliament buildings, and the Asian Civilizations museum (located by the river in this precinct) which tells the history of the original civilizations in south east Asia.

Orchard Road
Singapore’s famous shopping street is extremely close to the conference venue. If you want to buy anything while in Singapore then this is the place to go. The top end of orchard road contains all the shops. The bottom end of Orchard road contains Dhoby Ghaut station (Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall are the two closest subway stations to the conference, see getting here and venue tabs for more information on reaching Dhoby Ghaut by foot.)

Clarke Quay and Robertsons Quay
These are the river banks that border Fort Canning Hill. They are also one of Singapore’s nightlife precincts.¬† Both are full of restaurants, bars and clubs. Clarke Quay is busier and a bit more touristy; it has clubs, pubs and bars. Robertson Quay is smaller, quieter and inhabited mainly by expats (it is full of restaurants and wine bars by the river).