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 2023 (actual dates to be confirmed):

  1. Chinese New Year (23 Jan 2023)
  2. Hari Raya Puasa
  3. Labour Day
  4. National Day
  5. Deepavali

The Lunar New Year Istana Open House (IOH) will be held on Monday, 23 January 2023, 8.30am to 6.00pm. The IOH will be open to all visitors. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents enter for free. All other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. By entering the IOH, visitors agree to the Terms and Conditions stipulated.

Visitors can look forward to new features such as the enhanced Swan Pond with a new viewing deck and garden stream, as well as live performances and activity booths. The programme and fees can be found here. There will also be food stalls and a food truck as well as merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. All fees collected and proceeds from the merchandise booths will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge.

istana open houseImage credit: Eugene Yeo

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Istana Main Building will be conducted, during which visitors can view selected function rooms and take a closer look at a collection of State Gifts presented to Singapore’s leaders, including the President and Prime Minister. Visitors can also opt to go on self-guided tours.

The Istana Main Building Guided Tours are conducted by volunteers from the National Heritage Board. The tours are limited to 15 persons per group and depart every 30 minutes at 10.00am, 11.00am to 2.30pm, and 4.30pm to 5.00pm. Please refer to the table here for fees for the tours.




The Istana’s history is intertwined with its biodiversity. Visitors interested in the Istana’s flora and fauna can join the Nature Guided Tour of the enhanced Japanese Garden and the Inclusive Garden from 10am to 4pm. Charges apply.

All fees collected will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge.

Only cashless payments via SGQR will be accepted. Participating payment merchants include Bank of China, Citibank, DBS, HSBC, ICBC, Maybank, OCBC, PayNow, Standard Chartered, and UOB.

Snacks and Merchandise

There will be food trucks and merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs.

istana open house datesPhoto Credit: Ministry of Communications and Information (Pre-COVID)

All proceeds from the merchandise booths will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge. Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted. Social service agencies supported by President’s Challenge include those from the following sectors:

  • Children, Youth & Family
  • Disability
  • Eldercare
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Healthcare
  • Disability Sports
  • Empowering for Life Fund

The souvenirs include memorabilia such as:

  • Caps
  • Mugs
  • Bookmarks
  • Postcards
  • Notebooks
  • Umbrellas
  • Luggage Tags
  • Keychains
  • Magnets

Admission Details

Entry to the Istana grounds is via the Main Gate at Orchard Road. The nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut. Entry to the Istana grounds is free for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents. All other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per adult. Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted. Entry may be restricted due to capacity, inclement weather, or other reasons. More information can be found here.

For more information, visit Istana Lunar New Year Open House.


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