NParks defends Fort Canning heritage project

It sets record straight about two historical gardens after heritage group's online criticism

The Sang Nila Utama Garden at Fort Canning Park, named for the Palembang prince, is a re-creation of South-east Asian gardens of the 14th century.
The Sang Nila Utama Garden at Fort Canning Park, named for the Palembang prince, is a re-creation of South-east Asian gardens of the 14th century.PHOTO: ST FILE

Was the wrong empire referenced by the National Parks Board (NParks) in its newly opened historical gardens at Fort Canning Park?

A post on heritage group Urban Explorers of Singapore's Facebook page dated June 14, which garnered almost 10,000 likes and sparked a discussion within the heritage community and beyond, criticised the board for launching two "fake heritage" gardens.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'NParks defends Fort Canning heritage project'. Subscribe