Istana Open House FREE Admission For Singaporeans & PRs 1 Feb 2014 UPDATED 28 Jan 2014

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Starts1 Feb 2014 (Sat) (ONE day only)
Location Istana

The Istana grounds will be open to the public on Saturday, 1 February 2014, from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, in celebration of Chinese New Year.

Visitors can enjoy performances such as Dragon Dance, Wushu, Qiao Hua Dan (俏花旦) dance, acrobatics and other items put up by volunteers. The Singapore Zoo will also showcase Ploughshare Tortoises together with some species of snakes.

A new Nature Guided Walk at the Istana – a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks) to showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity – will be launched at the open house. The walks will be led by NParks volunteers.

Members of the public can also tour selected function rooms in the Istana main building to view a display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries. Guided tours of the Istana main building will be conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers.

Entry to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. All others visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person. Entry to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. The nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut.

Istana souvenirs will also be on sale during the Open House.

Proceeds from the sale of souvenirs and all entrance fees collected will be donated to charity.

The following items will not be allowed within the Istana grounds for security reasons: Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, forks) and Flammable items (e.g. lighters)

To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all visitors, and to prevent damage to the premises, the following activities will not be allowed within the Istana grounds:

  • Wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller blading)
  • Littering
  • Smoking
  • Consumption of alcoholic drinks
  • Pets (except for guide dogs)

No storage facilities will be provided. Security personnel reserve the right to turn away visitors who bring along items that are not allowed.

All visitors will need to go through security screening prior to entering the Istana grounds.

The sale of tickets to enter the Istana Main Building will close at 5.30pm, subject to crowd conditions.

Main Highlights for CNY Istana Open House

TimeActivityVenue
8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.Sales of Istana merchandise by NCSS.Centre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Display of Ploughshare tortoise and selected species of snakes from Singapore Zoo.Centre Gate
4.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.Performances by Bukit Panjang Community Centre Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe:

· Drum Performance

· Dragon Dance

Ceremonial Plaza
4.00 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.Performance by The Singapore National Cadet Corps Command Band – Swiss Winds from Swiss Cottage Secondary School.Main Tent
4.10 p.m. – 4.40 p.m.Performances by PA Talents:

· Qiao Hua Dan Dance

· Wushu

· “God of Fortune”

Istana Lawn / Main Tent
4.10 p.m. – 4.40 p.m.Soka Youth Dance.Istana Lawn
4.45 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.Acrobatic Performance by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Acrobatic Troupe.Ceremonial Plaza

Fees for Entrance Into the Istana Main Building

The following fees are applicable for the tours of the state room, banquet hall and reception room in the Istana main building:

Singaporeans and Permanent ResidentsUnguidedGuided*
Children (4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00
Adult$4.00
Package for family of fourNot applicable$12.00
Others
Children( 4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00
Adult$10.00
Package for family of fourNot applicable$30.00

* Guided tours are conducted by volunteers and are limited to 12 persons per group, and depart every half hour from 9.30am to 4.30pm, with a lunch break from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

All fees collected will be donated to charity.

Fees for Nature Guided Walk at the Istana

The following fees are applicable for the Nature Guided Walk at the Istana:

Singaporeans and Permanent ResidentsGuided*
Children (4 to 12 years)$2.00
Adult$4.00
Package for family of four$12.00
Others
Children( 4 to 12 years)$2.00
Adult$10.00
Package for family of four$30.00

* Guided tours are conducted by volunteers and are limited to between 12 to 15 persons per group, and depart every half hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

All fees collected will be donated to charity.

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