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It’s great to go out walking in nature, but you can also get your steps up and explore the cultural richness of Singapore at the same time. Here are five prime places to mooch around – and remember, there’s plenty more on

Find history at Fort Canning

The tree-covered hill of Fort Canning Park has been a historical landmark of Singapore for centuries. Most famously, it’s where the British Army made the decision to surrender to the Japanese in 1942, in an underground bunker known commonly as the Battle Box. The park is a pleasant, leafy place for a relaxed walk – don’t miss the nine historical gardens including the Spice Garden and Raffles Garden; or take things up a notch and climb the many sets of stairs, passing Singapore’s first Christian cemetery and relics of the island’s military past on the way to the reservoir on the summit. You can find an excellent guided walk to Fort Canning on our website, at history-of-fort-canning.

Discover the backstreets of Chinatown With its busy alleys and shophouses, this is an area ripe with Chinese heritage, making it one of Singapore’s must-sees; it’s also a great place to bring visitors so they can load up on souvenirs. Highlights include ducking into shops on Sago Street and Temple Street to look at antique wares, Chinese tea leaves, traditional remedies, clothing and more; stopping by the hawker stalls and eateries along Smith Street for a local meal (go in the evening when it’s cooler!); and exploring prominent places of worship such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple. For some refreshments after your walk, Chinatown is also teeming with cool bars to try; check out Ann Siang Hill and Club Street for some of the best spots.



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