Day Two in Singapore: Fort Canning area

Our second day in Singapore was a bit of a wash-out.

We woke up quite late and headed into the city around 11am. Our plan was to fully explore the Fort Canning area but the weather had other ideas!

We took the Circle line to Bras Basah. From the Metro station, you can easily access the Arts Museum and the National Museum of Singapore, although we didn’t do either.

Instead we headed to Fort Canning Park but as soon as we got there, it started raining and we ended up running from tree to tree to find shelter. We passed the underground bunker but didn’t go inside as the $18 admission fee seemed excessive.

The underground bunker in Fort Canning, Singapore

As we got to Raffle’s House, it started thundering and lightening and then it really started to rain in earnest. We took shelter under the edge of the roof of the house along with quite a few other people as the storm raged above our heads. You could barely see the buildings for the cloud and mist and the rain was torrential. Despite the shelter, we were soaking wet. A group of young lads decided to hold a bit of a sing-song (one of them had a guitar) which kept everyone smiling.

After about an hour it eased off enough to make our way through the park to Hill Street but then it started again so we took shelter under a pedestrian bridge. We ran to a building with an awning and discovered it was the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery. Admission was free so we decided to check it out.

It turned out to be a fire fighting museum with some old engines and equipment, information about famous fires in history, and some interactive exhibits such as a detection machine used to hear sounds in collapsed buildings and some protective equipment. It was quite a small museum, but a lot of fun.

Old fire engine at the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
Exhibit at the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

We decided against the rest of our planned walk, as the weather was so bad, so we headed straight up Hill Street to find Chijmes, which was recommended for lunch. This is a converted convert and looked very posh from the outside. There was even a wedding going on. I had my doubts, thinking it was going to be expensive, but we managed to find a set lunch menu for $15 each. It was Vietnamese food and very nice, but there was a service charge added to the bill as well so really, it was far too expensive for our backpacker budget.


That evening we went to the Geylang Serai Bazaar which was being held for Ramadan. It was heaving, a little claustrophobic and selling a wide range of food and products. It was difficult to eat gluten-free at the bazaar but I tried some beef curry and rice.

Geylang Serai Bazaar

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