The Fort Canning Tree Tunnel is one of the iconic photo spots in Singapore. Built with a spiral staircase on the edge of Fort Canning Park, when one looks up from the bottom of the staircase, they will be greeted by the sight of the trees and silhouettes against the staircase wall.
Yellow Rain Tree At The Fort Canning Tree Tunnel
The tree that is visitors will see when they look up is a Yellow Rain Tree. Also known as the yellow variety Samanea Saman, the Rain Tree is a native of Central America and is planted in Singapore for its large, shady, umbrella-shaped crown. The tree can grow up to 30m in height. The bark is dark brown, rough and flaky in mature specimens.
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The leaves of the Rain Tree folded up in the evenings and that was why it is also known as Pukul Lima, which means 5 o’clock. The leaflets also close during the day when the sky was overcast, thus giving rise to the name, Rain Tree.
When To Go To The Fort Canning Tree Tunnel
The Fort Canning Tree Tunnel is a hotspot for wedding photos and nature photographers. Crowds usually start to gather at about 9 am or 10 am as that is said to be the best time to catch the lights and silhouettes. Those who wish to take photos of their own should arrive early and be prepared to join the “queue”.
Other Photo Spots To Look Out For At The Fort Canning Tree Tunnel
There are a few interesting angles and shots that visitors can get at The Fort Canning Tree Tunnel. Other than the circular window and view from the bottom of the staircase, there are also tall walls on a small exit on the side of the tunnel.
How To Get To The Fort Canning Tree Tunnel
There are a few ways to get to the Fort Canning Tree Tunnel. Due to it being a popular spot, this spot is indicated on most Fort Canning Park maps and is also a destination on Google Maps.
The closest entrance would be from Dhoby Ghaut MRT. Simply head towards the entry just at the start of the tunnel at Fort Canning Link. There is a tunnel that one can look out for to enter from the bottom of the spiral staircase of the Fort Canning Tree Tunnel.
Another way to get to the Fort Canning Tree Tunnel is from Bencoolen MRT. Take exit C and head out to Canning Walk. There is an entrance to the top of the staircase as you pass by landmarks such as the National Museum Of Singapore and Wesley Methodist Church. This will allow visitors to enter from the top of the staircase.
Here’s a map showing the location of the Fort Canning Tree Tunnel.
But there’s plenty more to Fort Canning Park than just the tree tunnel. Some other photogenic spots include the Sang Nila Utama Garden and the historic Fort Gate. Don’t miss out. Find out more about all there is to see at Fort Canning Park.