|Starts||29 Oct 2016 (Sat) (ONE day only)|
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The Istana grounds will be open to the public on Saturday, 29 October 2016, from 8.30am to 6.00pm, in celebration of Deepavali.
The public can look forward to music performances by the Hwa Chong Institution Band and Presbyterian High School Band. There will also be a singing performance by NTUC nEbO, as well as dance performances by SherePunjab Bhangra and Compassvale Primary School. Other features include a display of birds by Wildlife Reserves Singapore and balloon sculpting by the SingTel Recreation Club. The programme line-up can be found in Annex A.
Members of the public can choose to sign up for the Nature Guided Walk at the Istana, a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks) which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity, or take a guided tour of the Istana main building led by volunteers from the Preservation of Sites and Monuments division of the National Heritage Board and view selected function rooms and display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries.
Visitors can also choose to do a self-guided tour with the help of the “Istana Garden Walk” mobile application, which includes features such as a self-guided Plants Trail to discover 10 types of beautiful plant species in the Istana Gardens and maps of Places of Interest and Plants Trails.
The Istana Heritage Gallery at Istana Park (opposite the main gate of the Istana along Orchard Road) will also be open from 10am to 6pm.
Entry to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. All others visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Entry to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. The nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut.
Additional fees as specified in Annexes B and C will be applied for the guided tours. 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.
Main Highlights for Deepavali Istana Open House on Saturday, 29 October 2016
|8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.||Display of Birds by Wildlife Reserves Singapore||Centre Gate|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.15 p.m.||Face Painting by Cosmoprof Academy||Centre Gate|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||Istana Merchandise and drinks booths by NCSS||Centre Gate|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||Balloon Sculpting by SingTel Recreation Club||Main Tent|
|9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.||Istana Main Building Guided Tour by National Heritage Board||Ticketing Booth near Ceremonial Plaza|
|10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.||Nature Guided Walk organised by NParks||Ticketing Booth near Ceremonial Plaza|
|10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.||Istana Garden Walk Mobile Phone Application Booth by Temasek Polytechnic||Centre Gate|
|10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.|
2.15 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.
|Performance by Hwa Chong Institution Band||Main Tent|
|10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.||Singing performance by NTUC nEbO||Ceremonial Plaza|
|2.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.|
4.45 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.
|Bhangra Dance Performance by SherePunjab Bhangra||Ceremonial Plaza|
|3.45 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.||Dance performance by Compassvale Primary School||Ceremonial Plaza|
|3.30 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.||Performance by Presbyterian High School Band||Main Tent|
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 Residents||Unguided||Guided*|
|Children (4 to 12 years)||$2.00||$2.00|
|Package for family of four||Not applicable||$12.00|
|Children( 4 to 12 years)||$2.00||$2.00|
|Package for family of four||Not applicable||$30.00|
* ISTANA MAIN BUILDING GUIDED TOURS
- Guided tours are conducted by volunteers from the Preservation of Sites and Monuments division of the National Heritage Board. The tours are limited to 15 persons per group, and depart every 20 minutes from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.
- All fees collected will be donated to charity.
- For more information, visit the National Heritage Board website.
FEES FOR NATURE GUIDED WALK AT THE ISTANA
The following fees are applicable for the Nature Guided Walk at the Istana:
|Singaporeans and Permanent Residents||Guided*|
|Children (4 to 12 years)||$2.00|
|Package for family of four||$12.00|
|Children( 4 to 12 years)||$2.00|
|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 hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
All fees collected will be donated to charity.