Random walks – Outram park to Fort Canning

Today in Singapore we had a random meander through the city.  We first dropped by the NUS Baba house where we were treated to a wonderful tour of the house. The house which was built in the 1890s used to belong to the Wee family. Most of the artifacts there now also belong to the family and it is now being used as a museum to showcase a typical peranakan house. There is so much intricacy in the furniture as well as the structure of the house. One of the cool things were the little holes in the floorboards of the bedrooms upstairs that could be used to peep into the reception rooms below. The house is also so much more biggere than it seems from the front – apparently because they were taxed by the size of the house front, but seemed to go on forever lengthwise. 

We continued on our way along the Duxton plains park… which is more a path bordered by greenery. A lot of the terrace houses back onto the park. We also spotted the alleged keramat of Sharifah Rogayah – grand daughter of Habib Nor who was one of the saints of Singapore. While the plaque says it is hers, her family dispute this.  Supposedly the side was identified by a little boy who was led to it in his dream. 

We left the park behind and came upon pearl hill park. The park is set (obviously) on a hill  and surrounds a reservoir which we could not get near to.  On one corner of the park is the imposing structure of the Pearl Hill appartmenrs which at the time it was complete in 1976 was the tallest residential block at 38 floors and housed the most number of apartments in a single building. 

Passing through boat quay we ended up at Fort Canning for the evening.  While I had been here a few times one spot I missed was the Keramat of Iskandar Shah. It is claimed that it is the burial place of Sultan Iskandar Shar, the last of the five kings who ruled  Singapore during the Malay Kingdom. While there are records that he died in 1420 his burial place is not know and he had fled to Melaka  few decades earlier. When the British cleared the hill in the early 1800s several ruins were found in the forest along with artifacts from the 1400s. 

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