Created by Hokkien businessman and philanthropist Cheang Hong Lim (章芳林; Zhāng Fāng Lín) in 1885, Hong Lim Park was the first public garden in Singapore. It was the venue for many election rallies and political speeches in the 1950s and 1960s.
It was selected by the government as the venue for Speakers' Corner in September 2000. Since then, it is the only place in Singapore where one can legally stage public protests. In early 2013, two protests against the government's immigration policies each drew more than 350 people, and in June 2014, about 20 people protested the Central Provident Fund (CPF), Singapore's state-run pension fund.
It is bounded by North Canal Road, South Bridge Road, Upper Pickering Street and New Bridge Road. Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre and the Kreta Ayer Neighbourhood Police Post lie adjacent to the park. Adjacent to the park are the Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre and the Kreta Ayer Neighbourhood Police Post.
- Bus services 186 and 970 are available at Upper Pickering Street.
- Bus services 2, 12, 33, 54, 147, 190, CT 28 are available at New Bridge Road.
- Bus services 2, 12, 33, 51, 61, 63, 80, 174, 174e, 197, 961, 961C, CT 28 are available at Eu Tong Sen Street at Exit A of Clarke Quay MRT Station.
- Hong Lim Park: gay aspects
- List of parks in Singapore
- National Parks Board
- Speakers' Corner, Singapore
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