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 2022:

  1. Chinese New Year – 5 Feb 2022
  2. Labour Day – 7 May 2022
  3. Hari Raya Puasa – 7 May 2022
  4. National Day – 17 July 2022
  5. Deepavali – TBC

The Istana will once again be open to all visitors on Sunday, 17 July 2022, 9am to 6pm in celebration of National Day. For the first time since the pandemic, live performances and activity booths will resume at the Istana Open House (IOH).

istana open houseImage credit: Eugene Yeo

Performances and Activity Booths

An exciting programme line-up awaits. From 10am to 4pm, catch dance and band performances by student groups from Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, Chung Cheng High School (Main), Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), and Seng Kang Secondary School at the Ceremonial Plaza and Main Tent.

Booths with activities ranging from sports to arts and crafts will be set up across two activity zones throughout the duration of the IOH. At the Health and Wellness Playground zone, visitors can take part in sports activities, as well as traditional and carnival games. Visitors can head to the Arts and Crafts Adventures zone to try their hand at arts and crafts such as balloon sculpting and many more.

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

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Istana Main Building will be conducted from 9.30am to 4.15pm, 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’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.

Fees will be collected on the spot. All fees collected will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge. Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted.

Snacks and Merchandise

There will be food trucks and merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. All proceeds from the merchandise booths will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge. Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted.

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

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 on here.

In line with prevailing safe management measures, visitors should remain masked at all times when indoors. The Istana seeks visitors’ cooperation and understanding so that the IOH will be a pleasant experience for all.

For more details, visit here.


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