|Starts||1 May 2018 (Tue) (ONE day only)|
The Istana Grounds will be open to the public on Tuesday, 1 May 2018, from 8.30am to 6.00pm, in celebration of Labour Day.
The public can also look forward to music performances by Paya Lebar Methodist Primary School, NTUC youth band and River Valley High. Visitors can catch a dance performance by People’s Association, and join in the first-ever Zumba sessions held at the Istana Ground by Local Focal Singapore.
One of the highlights of the Istana Open House will be “Future City – Towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” activity booths by Lifelong Learning Council. Visitors would be able to try their hands on creative activities like sospeso art, paper quilling and basic glass mosaic. President Halimah Yacob will also be putting the final touches on a sospeso art piece.
The PC memorabilia will also be available to visitors who make a donation to President’s Challenge during the Istana Open Houses. The series of memorabilia includes leather key chains, luggage tags, notebooks, bookmarks, and magnets.
Other highlights of the day include a display of reptiles by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, a balloon sculpturing booth by SingTel, and a face painting booth by Cosmoprof Academy. Visitors can also look forward to a games booth that features long-time favourite carnival games like the ring loop, tic tac toe, and archery. The programme line-up can be found in Annex A.
Exhibitions and Tours
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. They can also 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 select function rooms and display of State gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries.
Visitors can also 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.
The Istana Heritage Gallery (IHG) at the Istana Park (located opposite the main gate of the Istana along Orchard Road) will also be open from 10am to 6pm. At the IHG, visitors can learn more about Singapore’s history and heritage. For a self-guided interactive tour of the IHG and the Istana Park, visitors can download the LocoMole mobile application to embark on the Istana Mobile Educational Trails and gain more insights to the lives of our past Presidents, the heritage, flora and fauna of the Istana.
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 C and D are applicable for the guided tours.
Main Highlights of Istana Open House
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||Snacks and Biscuits Booth by NCSS||Near Main Tent|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||Face Painting Booth by Cosmoprof Academy||Main Tent|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||Games Booth by China Construction Realty Co.||Main Tent|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||“Future City – Towards Sustainable Development Goals” Activity Booths by Lifelong Learning Council||Near Centre Gate|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||Istana Merchandise and Drinks Booths by NCSS||Centre Gate|
|8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.||Balloon Sculpturing Booth by the SingTel Recreation Club||Centre Gate|
|8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.||Display of Reptiles by the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore||Centre Gate|
|10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.||Istana Garden Walk Mobile Phone Application Booth by Temasek Polytechnic||Centre Gate|
|10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.||Udders Ice Cream Booth||Centre Gate|
|8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.||Istana Main Building Self-guided Tour||Ticketing Booth near Ceremonial Plaza|
|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|
|9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.||Mass Dance (Zumba Fitness) by Local Focal Singapore||Lawn|
|10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.||Handbell Ensemble by Paya Lebar Methodist Primary School||Ceremonial Plaza Tent|
|10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.||Band performance by Pasir Ris Secondary School||Main Tent|
|11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.||Youth bands with Senior ukulele players by NTUC||Ceremonial Plaza Tent|
|1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.||Mass Dance (Zumba Gold) by Local Focal Singapore||Ceremonial Plaza Tent|
|2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.||Band performance by River Valley High||Main Tent|
|3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.||Hip Hop Dance by People’s Association||Ceremonial Plaza Tent|
|4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.||Mass Dance (Zumba Fitness) by Local Focal Singapore||Lawn|
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.
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.
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