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 2021:

  1. Chinese New Year – Not held
  2. Labour Day – 13 May 2021 (Cancelled) – See here
  3. Hari Raya Puasa – 13 May 2021 (Cancelled) – See here
  4. National Day – 28 Aug 2021
  5. Deepavali – TBC

Update 19 August 2021: The National Day Istana Open House will be held on Saturday, 28 Aug 2021. Only those already issued tickets will be admitted.

The Istana will be inviting the ticket holders of the cancelled Istana Open House IOH on 13 May 2021 back for the upcoming National Day Istana Open House IOH on 1 Aug 2021. These ticket holders will be receiving more details through their registered emails.

istana open houseImage credit: Eugene Yeo

For more details, visit here.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the Istana grounds have been closed to the public since February 2020.

Below are the past Istana Open House before COVID

Istana Nature Guided Walk (Pre-COVID)

Sign up for the Nature Guided Walk during the Istana Open House. This guided walk is a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks), which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity.

The guided walk starts from 10am to 4pm, and is conducted hourly. Please look out for signs on the Istana grounds to find out where you can register for the guided walk.

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. The entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6pm.

performances on the Istana grounds during the Open HousePhoto Credit: Ministry of Communications and Information (Pre-COVID)

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.


Istana souvenirs, including President’s Challenge memorabilia, are available at the Open House. All proceeds are donated to the charities supported by the President’s Challenge.

For more details, visit here.

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

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