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February 02, 2009

History of Ann Siang Hill: Part 1 of 4

History of Ann Siang Hill Part 1 of 4
Notes obtained from the information boards at Ann Siang Hill:


Image: Photo and map of the area in the past.

The Origin of Ann Siang Hill

"Early residents and merchant communities in Singapore had always regarded hills along the coastline as valuable real estate. The hill on which you are standing - Ann Siang Hill - was one of such hills, and was occupied soon after Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival in Singapore. Collectively, the hills along the coastal areas of Chinatown were known as the Telok Ayer Hills. These hills included Mount Wallich, Mount Erskine and Ann Siang Hill.

View from Mount Wallich: image courtesy of National Archives of Singapore (19980007368 - 0066).


Ann Siang Hill was originally called Scott's Hill, named after Charles Scott who had Clove (Eugenia aromatica) and Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) plantations on the hill. By the 1890s, most of the Telok Ayer Hills were levelled to partially fill the Telok Ayer Basin, leaving Ann Siang Hill to stand alone.

Today, Ann Siang Hill is the tallest geographical point in Chinatown. In place of old plantations, five-foot-way shophouses now cover the landscape."

Read about my visit to Ann Siang Hill Park here.

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2 comments:

Muhd Imran said...

Another eye-opener for me. Been passing through that place several times, but not able to find time to explore it further... have been wonderful how it looks like and now I know.

Thank you for sharing. A place to visit and get some quiet time too, definitely.

Zhi Xuan said...

Great work! Thanks for putting these up for us to learn and share.

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