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Battle Box . Fort Canning Centre . ASEAN Sculpture Park Spice Garden Reminiscent of the first botanical gardens Raffles established here in 1822, the garden has plants such as clove, nutmeg and tamarind. Singapore Philatelic Museum (see p53) T H E C O L O N I A L C O R E . Battle Box A guided tour at this former British forces’ underground command centre recounts the events of 15 February 1942, the day the British surrendered to the Japanese. The Legends at Fort Canning Fort Gate Fort Wall A N D F O R T C A N N I N G 55 V ISITORS ’ C HECKLIST 51, Canning Rise, Singapore 179872.
Today the Classical-style building is a showcase for modern Asian art. Since the museum’s opening in January 1996, its permanent collection has grown from just under A BRONZE T H E C O L O N I A L C O R E A N D F O R T C A N N I N G 49 2,000 art works to over 4,000, making it the largest catalogued collection of 20th-century Southeast Asian art in the region to date. The museum’s collection ranges from sculptures to installations and paintings. The core collection is supplemented by travelling exhibitions from outside Asia, typically featuring 20thcentury art from American and European collections.
6433 2238. q City Hall. 2 7, 36, 77, 97, 103, 124, 131, 147, 162, 166, 174, 190, 501, 511, 603. # 10am –9:30pm daily. 6 0 - ) = m AFFLES INSTITUTION, a school founded by Sir Stamford Raffles, was demolished in 1989 in order to make way for the Raffles City complex, comprising a shopping mall, high-rise offices and two hotels – Swissôtel the Stamford, the world’s tallest hotel (73 storeys) and Raffles the Plaza (see p122). The Equinox, one of the world’s highest restaurants (see p134), sits at the top of Swissôtel the Stamford.