The Istana Grounds is open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day and National Day. The Istana Open House is scheduled to be held on the following dates in 2016:

  1. Chinese New Year (2nd Day) – 9 February 2016 (Tuesday)
  2. Labour Day (Actual Day) – 1 May 2016 (Sunday)
  3. Hari Raya Puasa (Actual Day) – 6 July 2016 (Wednesday)
  4. National Day – 30 July 2016 (Saturday)
  5. Deepavali (Actual Day) – 29 October 2016 (Saturday)

istana open house
Image credit (with permission): Eugene Yeo

Entrance Fees

Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2 for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents and $4 for others, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers.

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Istana Open House
Image source: The Istana


    • Display of Birds by Wildlife Reserves Singapore
    • Face Painting by Cosmoprof Academy
    • Istana Merchandise and drinks booths by NCSS
    • Balloon Sculpting by SingTel Recreation Club
    • Istana Main Building Guided Tour by National Heritage Board
    • Nature Guided Walk organised by NParks
    • Istana Garden Walk Mobile Phone Application Booth by Temasek Polytechnic
    • Performance by Hwa Chong Institution Band
    • Singing performance by NTUC nEbO
    • Bhangra Dance Performance by SherePunjab Bhangra
    • Dance performance by Compassvale Primary School
    • Performance by Presbyterian High School Band

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