No plans for excavated fort

Singapore’s National Heritage Board has no plans to gazette the foundations of the 100-year-old Fort Tanjong Katong for the time being. The fort was excavated in 2004 through a community grassroots effort and later reburied to prevent further deterioration to the stone foundations of the site.

Excavated bastion of Fort Tanjong Katong

Fort Tanjong Katong will not be gazetted
AsiaOne, 19 May 2010

The National Heritage Board (NHB), does not plan to gazette Fort Tanjong Katong for the time being, said the Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.

This was the reply of Rear Admiral (Radm) Lui Tuck Yew in response to Member of Parliament, Mr Lim Biow Chuan’s question on the preservation of Fort Tanjong Katong.

In 2008, then Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) recommended to keep the archaeological remains of the Fort buried. However, NParks will keep the southeast Caponier, the most significant feature of the Fort, on display.

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Minister Lui explained that this is “in line with conservation practice, to protect it from damage by further weathering or human interference.”


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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