The Lunar New Year Istana Open House (IOH) will be held on Monday, 23 January 2023

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Starts23 Jan 2023 (Mon) (ONE day only)
LocationIstana
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The Lunar New Year Istana Open House (IOH) will be held on Monday, 23 January 2023, 8.30am to 6.00pm.

The IOH will be open to all visitors. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents enter for free. All other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. By entering the IOH, visitors agree to the Terms and Conditions stipulated below.

Visitors can look forward to new features such as the enhanced Swan Pond with a new viewing deck and garden stream, as well as live performances and activity booths. The programme and fees are listed in the tables below. There will also be food stalls and a food truck as well as merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. All fees collected and proceeds from the merchandise booths will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge.

Programme Listing

TimeActivityVenue
Performances
9.00am – 10.00amChinese Drum Performance by Nan Hua Primary SchoolCeremonial Plaza
10.30am – 11.30amChinese Dance Performance by Hwa Chong Institution (Alumni)Ceremonial Plaza
2.00pm – 3.00pmBand Performance by Montfort Secondary SchoolMain Tent
2.00pm – 3.00pmDance Performance by NAFA School of Young TalentsCeremonial Plaza
3.40pm – 4.00pmMusical Performance by NAFA School of Young TalentsReception Room
4.00pm – 5.00pmChinese Drum Performance by Maris Stella High SchoolCeremonial Plaza
Activity Booths
8.30am – 5.40pmSharity Booth by Community ChestCentre Gate Tent
Chinese Calligraphy Booth by Cairnhill Community ClubMain Tent
Candle-making Workshop and Booth by Anaya Soul RetreatMain Tent
Henna Booth by CognizantMain Tent
Guided Tours
10.00am

11.00am – 2.30pm

4.30pm – 5.00pm

Istana Main Building Guided Tour by National Heritage BoardTicketing Booth at Ceremonial Plaza
10.00am – 4.00pmNature Guided Tour by NParks
Snacks and Merchandise
8.30am – 6.00pmFood TruckNear Main Tent
Food StallsMain Tent
Drinks BoothsMain Tent, Centre Gate Tent, Ticketing Booth
President’s Challenge Merchandise BoothMain Tent

Entry Fees

Only cashless payments via SGQR will be accepted. Participating payment merchants include Bank of China, Citibank, DBS, HSBC, ICBC, Maybank, OCBC, PayNow, Standard Chartered, and UOB.

The following fees are applicable for entry into the Istana grounds:

Entry into Istana groundsSingapore Citizens and Permanent ResidentsStandard
AdultFree$2.00
Children (4 to 12 years)Free$2.00
Children (Below 4 years)FreeFree

The following fees are applicable for entry into the Istana Main Building.

Entry into Istana Main BuildingSingapore Citizens and Permanent ResidentsStandard
Self-guidedGuided*Self-guidedGuided*
Adult$2.00$4.00$4.00$10.00
Children (4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00$2.00$2.00
Children (Below 4 years)FreeFreeFreeFree

*The Istana Main Building Guided Tours are conducted by volunteers from the National Heritage Board. The tours are limited to 15 persons per group and depart every 30 minutes at 10.00am, 11.00am to 2.30pm, and 4.30pm to 5.00pm. All fees collected will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge.

The following fees are applicable for the Nature Guided Tour:

Nature Guided TourSingapore Citizens and Permanent ResidentsStandard
Adult$4.00$10.00
Children (4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00
Children (Below 4 years)FreeFree

The Nature Guided Tours are conducted by volunteers from NParks. The tours are limited to 15 persons per group and depart every hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm. All fees collected will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge.

Souvenirs

There will be merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. Only cashless payments via SGQR will be accepted.

All proceeds will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge. Social service agencies supported by President’s Challenge 2023 include those from the following sectors:

  • Children, Youth & Family
  • Disability
  • Eldercare
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Healthcare
  • Disability Sports
  • Empowering for Life Fund

The souvenirs include memorabilia such as:

  • Caps
  • Mugs
  • Bookmarks
  • Postcards
  • Notebooks
  • Umbrellas
  • Luggage Tags
  • Keychains
  • Magnets

Terms and Conditions

Admission Procedures into the Istana Open House (IOH) on 23 January 2023

  1. Admission into the IOH is via the Main Gate at Orchard Road only.
  2. Admission into the IOH is subject to security checks. Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, fork, scissors), flammable items (e.g. lighter), and canned items (e.g. canned drinks) are not allowed.
  3. There are no storage facilities in the Istana. Security personnel reserve the right to deny entry to visitors with prohibited items.
  4. Admission into the IOH may be restricted due to inclement weather or other reasons.
  5. The IOH may be suspended or cancelled if there is prolonged risk of lightning. Visitors within the Istana grounds can seek shelter at the tentages. Please do not seek shelter under trees or canopies. Visitors may also wish to seek shelter at nearby malls.

Admission Procedures into the Istana Main Building

  1. Each Main Building admission pass admits one visitor into the Main Building. Only children below 4 years old may enter for free.
  2. Re-entry into the Main Building is not allowed.
  3. The consumption of food and drinks is not allowed in the Main Building.
  4. Main Building admission passes are purchased on a first-come-first-served basis.
  5. To ensure a safe and pleasant experience, the number of admission passes issued will be based on the capacity of the Main Building. Istana reserves the right to deny entry or suspend the issuance of passes when the capacity is expected to be reached.
  6. There are no restroom facilities accessible to members of the public within the Main Building.
  7. Visits are kept strictly only to the first floor of the Main Building.
  8. No photography is allowed within the Main Building.

Visitor Etiquette and Safe Management Measures within the Istana Grounds

  1. Visitors who are feeling unwell on that day are strongly encouraged not to visit Istana.
  2. Visitors are requested to maintain good hygiene.
  3. Smoking is strictly prohibited on the Istana grounds.
  4. Please keep the Istana grounds litter-free.
  5. Activities such as wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller-blading, riding Personal Mobility Devices) are not allowed.
  6. No pets are allowed except certified guide dogs.
  7. Follow all prevailing safe management measures.

The IOH Organising Committee reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time at their sole and absolute discretion without notice. By proceeding with the visit, the visitors agree to be bound by the updated terms. These terms and conditions and all its subsequent variations shall be subject to and governed by the laws of Singapore.

Visitors hereby agree that the IOH Organising Committee may take photographs or recordings of any visitor at the IOH for any purpose, without prior approval or compensation.

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