The National Parks Boards recently launched nine historical gardens in Fort Canning Park where they display Indonesian historical heritage in it.
Fort Canning Park is the right place for you the history nerd or a nature lover, as it has some historic landmarks that are full of surprises. Situated in central Singapore, Fort Canning Park gained so much attention for their historical sites inside the park where they are claimed belong to Indonesian heritage, as it is said by Singapore heritage group, Urban Explorers of Singapore.
Pointing out some sites in the park, they stressed that the park is actually promoting “fake heritage” of Singapore. The park is consisted of some historic spots, such as Sang Nila Utama Garden, taken the name of the mystical founder of Singapore, accompanied by Pancur Larangan, the forbidden spring for the 14th century royals. However, the structures of the statues are based on the Majapahit Empire meanwhile Sang Nila Utama supposed to be coming from the older empire of Srivijaya, which was based in Palembang, South Sumatra. “Singapore’s earliest named rulers trace their ancestry to Srivijaya not Majapahit.” Said the heritage group. The same site is also appeared to have been created based on the bathing complex at Tirta Empul Temple in central Bali.
According to The Straits Times, NParks said that the gardens were indeed influenced by Majapahit and Malayu empires. John Miksic, the local historian who worked for the park said that it is common for people to think that the ancient kingdom of Srivijaya had some influences on Singapore because of the former was the first big Malay kingdom. He also added that no one actually knows what Srivijaya structures look like as only their relics remained in Palembang and Jambi.
Writer: Windyannisa Cindrati
Editor: Olivia Elena Hakim