Tucked away on the hillside of Fort Canning Park, the Sang Nila Utama Garden will transport you away from Singapore to a 14th century inspired garden that evokes serious Bali vibes.
The Sang Nila Utama Garden is one of nine themed gardens located around Fort Canning Park, and probably one of the nicest too.
Visiting the Sang Nila Utama Garden, Fort Canning Park
The garden is named after the legendary founder of ancient Singapore, a prince of Palembang from the Kingdom of Srivijaya. Yes, he is the one of fabled fame who landed in Singapore and named it the “Lion City”.
The Sang Nila Utama Garden is instantly recognisable by its split Javanese style gates. Their distinctive red colour give the garden a tropical look and feel.
Three Internal Gardens
The garden is divided into three further sub-gardens. These are the Flower Garden, the Meditation Garden and the Perfume Garden.
The Flower Garden at Sang Nila Utama Garden is planted with floral species that would have been planted in ancient palace gardens. These flowers would have had been planted for both aesthetic purposes and their deeper symbolic meaning.
For example, the Javanese Ixora is not just pretty to look at but symbolises safety and good fortune for the people in a kingdom.
The Meditation Garden is supposed to represent a peaceful retreat for the king to meditate. There are plants with soothing fragrances as well as ponds which evoke calm and peace.
The Perfume Garden is based on what is imagined to be another private retreat for the king. It has fragrant plants which were used for perfumes and ceremonial activities. There is a pavilion here which houses a beautiful orchid.
What to See at the Sang Nila Utama Garden At Fort Canning Park
When visiting the Sang Nila Utama Garden, you can also take the time to admire the many sculptures around the garden. These have been made by different sculptors and feature various themes and are worth pausing to admire for a while.
To get to the Sang Nila Utama Garden, head over to the southeastern corner of Fort Canning Park, close to Funan Centre and Hill Street. It is not far from the Raffles Garden where the lighthouse is located.