Istana grounds will be open to the public on Sunday, 27 October 2019, from 8.30am – 6.00pm

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To celebrate Deepavali, the Istana grounds will be opened to the public on Sunday, 27 October 2019, from 8.30am – 6.00pm.

Programme Highlights

Visitors to the Deepavali Istana Open House can look forward to an array of festive performances by local performance groups and school bands.

One of the highlights of the day will be a performance by Shankar Symphonies, who will present a medley of popular Indian songs from movies such as “Slum-Dog Millionaire” in different Indian dialects. The Singapore Indian Orchestra and Choir (SIOC) by the People’s Association will put on a unique performance of traditional and contemporary Indian music using traditional Chinese and Malay instruments. Other notable performances include cultural dance by Zhenghua Primary, live band performances by Tampines Secondary and Geylang Methodist Secondary, and a choir performance by Greenridge Secondary.

Aside from watching exciting live performances, visitors can have an up-close look at four unique species of reptiles at the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore booth, and try their hands at face painting and balloon sculpting.

Visitors can also get their hands on the Istana Cookies that are created in collaboration with The Pine Garden bakery in commemoration of the Istana’s 150th anniversary, when they make a donation to the President’s Challenge. The Istana Cookies contain ingredients derived from spices and fruits found on the Istana grounds.

Exhibitions and Tours

Nature lovers can sign up for the Nature Guided Walk (conducted by NParks) to admire the Istana’s rich flora, fauna and biodiversity. Visitors can also participate in a guided tour of the Istana main building to view selected function rooms and collections of State Gifts presented to the Singapore’s Presidents and Prime Ministers over the years.

To learn more Singapore’s history and heritage, visitors can visit the Istana Heritage Gallery situated at Istana Park (opposite the main gate of the Istana along Orchard Road). The Istana Heritage Gallery will be open from 10am to 6pm.

Admission Details

Entry to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. All other 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.

Main Highlights of Istana Open House

8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.Face Painting by Cosmoprof AcademyMain Tent
8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.Istana Merchandise, Snacks and Drinks Booths by NCSSCentre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Display of Reptiles by Wildlife Reserves of SingaporeCentre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Balloon Sculpting Booth by SingTel Recreation ClubCentre Gate
8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Istana 150 Cookies by Pine GardenCentre Gate
10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.Udders Ice Cream 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 BoardTicketing Booth near Ceremonial Plaza
10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.Nature Guided Walk organised by NParksTicketing Booth near Ceremonial Plaza
8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.Drinks and Snacks Booths by NCSSTicketing Booth near Ceremonial Plaza
8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.Istana Merchandise BoothIstana Building
10.00 a.m.Zhenghua Primary School Indian DanceCeremonial Plaza
10.30 a.m.Tampines Secondary BandMain Tent
11.00 a.m.Greenridge Secondary ChoirCeremonial Plaza
2.00 p.m.Geylang Methodist Secondary BandMain Tent
3.30 p.m.Shankar Symphonies – Bollywood songsMain Tent
5.00 p.m.PA Orchestra and ChoirCeremonial 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
Package for family of fourNot applicable$12.00
Children (4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00
Package for family of fourNot applicable$30.00


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 ResidentsGuided
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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