Istana grounds will be open to the public on Sunday, 26 January 2020

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The Istana will be open to the public on Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 8.30am – 6.00pm.

A variety of performances are held on the Istana grounds during the Open House. Visitors can tour selected function rooms in the Istana Main Building and view a special display of gifts presented to Singapore’s Presidents and Prime Ministers over the years.

There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by volunteers. Nature lovers can participate in the Nature Guided Walks, where they can learn more about the rich flora and fauna on the Istana grounds.

Entrance Fee

  • SGD$2 per person
  • Free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents

Opening Hours

  • 8.30am to 6.00pm


  • Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate on Orchard Road.

Main Highlights of Istana Open House (Lunar New Year)

Overall Programme
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.i’m able Gift Market by SG EnableMain Tent
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Istana Snacks and Drink Booths by NCSSTent near Ceremonial Plaza
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Display of Rodents by Wildlife Reserves of SingaporeCentre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.Istana Merchandise Booth by NCSSIstana Main Building
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Sawadeecup Food TruckNear Centre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.The Goodburger Food TruckNear Centre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Udders Ice Cream BoothCentre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Calligraphy BoothCentre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.Istana Main Building Self-guided TourTicketing Booth near Ceremonial Plaza
9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.Istana Main Building Guided Tour by National Heritage Board
10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.Nature Guided Walk organised by NParks
10.00.a.m.Singing Performance by Mr Cliff LeeLawn
11.00.a.m.Chinese Drum Performance by Qifa Primary SchoolCeremonial Plaza
12.00.p.m.Chinese Classics Singing Performance by Ms Grace Lau Siew YingLawn
1.00.p.m.Acrobatic Performance and Chinese Dance Performance by SC Cultural and Educational Pte LtdCeremonial Plaza
2.00.p.m.Guzheng Performance by Mr Lim Teck YiLawn
3.00.p.m.Instrumental Band Performance by SOKACeremonial Plaza
4.00.p.m.Singing Performance by Psquare MusicLawn
4.00.p.m.Lion Dance Performance by Golden Compass SchoolCeremonial Plaza
4.00.p.m.Cai Shen Ye by PA TalentMain Tent
5.00.p.m.Chinese Dance by National Junior CollegeCeremonial Plaza


Singaporeans and Permanent ResidentsIstana Main BuildingNature Walk
Children (4 to 12 years old)$2.00$2.00$2.00
Package for family of fourN.A.$12.00$12.00
Children (4 to 12 years old)$2.00$2.00$2.00
Package for family of fourN.A.$30.00$30.00


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.

Visitors Information

For security reasons, the following items are NOT allowed within the Istana grounds:

  1. Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, forks)
  2. Flammable items (e.g. lighters)
  3. Canned food and drinks

To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit and to prevent damage to the premises, visitors are to note the following:

  1. Activities such as wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller blading), littering, smoking, consumption of alcoholic drinks are NOT allowed.
  2. Pets, except for guide dogs, are NOT allowed.
  3. No storage facilities will be provided. Security personnel reserve the right to turn away visitors with prohibited items.
  4. All visitors must go through security screening before entering the Istana grounds.
  5. The sale of tickets for the Istana Main Building will close at 5.30pm, subject to crowd conditions.
  6. Registration will close by 3 pm for the Istana Main Building Guided Tour, and by 4 pm for the Nature Guided Walk.
  7. All tours and entrance tickets are subject to availability.

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1 Comment on Istana grounds will be open to the public on Sunday, 26 January 2020

  1. Better not have a open house cause of the Wuhan virus cause u may not know what kind of people will enter the president house cause the president to be infected with the Wuhan virus

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