#Singapore’s Fort Canning Hill is steeped in history – and archaeology

#Singapore’s Fort Canning Hill is steeped in history – and archaeology

It was also called Government Hill at one time and been referred to variously as Bukit Tuan Bonham (Sir Bonham’s Hill), Bukit Bendera (Flag Hill) and Singapore Hill. Several major historic events took place here including Lt Gen Arthur Percival’s official surrender in early 1942 to Gen Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Imperial Japanese Army. Now dubbed a historical park, th hill is also a popular venue for cultural performances and picnics. Archaeological excavations carried out there in 1984 unveiled evidence to support the existence of an ancient kingdom called Temasek, later named Singapura (Sanskrit for Lion City). The hill was the site of a palatial resort of the Majapahit kings and many ancient Malay and Chinese artefacts were dug up there. A natural pool created by a spring on its southwestern side is believed to be have been a private bathing place for women of the royal ...

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