Review The Istana, Orchard Rd, Singapore

Review The Istana - Singapore Orchard Rd

“Very beautiful place. The photos were taken during Deepavali open house 2022.” or “It’s really nice and nature friendly palace, it’s like a palace in a garden The guards are friendly too” It is one of the few customer evaluation comments about The Istana. Let’s read more of this article on Thecityvisitor.com to find out if The Istana is quality.

Introduction about The Istana

Here are some fundamental details regarding The Istana. In terms of Heritage building, it is generally believed that The Istanais one of the best places to choose and trust. It is placed at Orchard Rd, Singapore. Whether you are looking for a place or a service related to Heritage building, this place strives to ensure that you get the best possible value for your money. From customer service to the actual products or services offered, this place is dedicated to providing a positive experience for all its customers.

Background Info

  • Phone: 87206021 (+65 87206021)
  • Website: http://www.istana.gov.sg/
  • Address: Orchard Rd, Singapore

Detailed information of The Istana

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Operating hours

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Here are the operating hours of The Istana.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 AM to 6 PM.

Saturday, Sunday: Closed.

Distance

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Phone number

You can reach The Istana at 87206021(+65 87206021). Use the hotline to contact them right away for the quickest help and resolution to your problems.

Website

You can contact The Istana via http://www.istana.gov.sg/. It will react rapidly and assist you with your concerns.

Address

You can directly come to Orchard Rd, Singapore if you have any questions or want to try to experience its services.

The Istana reviews

The Istana is among the best destinations of Heritage building in Singapore, and it merits your consideration.

Is The Istana good?

To determine whether The Istana is good or not, not only based on the provided information, you but also need to consider the detailed evaluations from customers who have previously experienced the service here, such as:

“Very beautiful place. The photos were taken during Deepavali open house 2022.”

“It's really nice and nature friendly palace, it's like a palace in a garden The guards are friendly too”

“No photos are allowed inside the building It is only available to the public for a few specific days on important holidays and only a few rooms are shown.”

“Fabulous environment, got to see the president. A lot of activities and shows. Bring water if you want to visit in summer.”

“Good place to go, but the istana building open area is very limited.”

“A must go when it is open to the public. Go for the Istana guided tour and the Istana Nature guides tour too, and see beautiful lawns and flowers cultivated at the Istana.”

“Official Residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore. Open to visitors a few times in a year. The Istana greens is a good place for a family picnic.”

“A historical architecture where you can only go when it's open day! Learnt Singapore history during the visit. Must go for those who love Singapore ”

It has won many reviews from customers on the website, including 130 feedbacks with an overall score of 4.6 out of five-star ratings. Out of those, 92% are positive reviews.

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Review Review The Istana, Orchard Rd, Singapore

There is a total 130 reviews

4.6 / 5

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    Azam Khan

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    Dan Ho

    The istana is the official residence of the elected president of Singapore, the premise is open to the public during special occasions. Huge sprawling and beautiful lawn. you get a guided tour of the interior of the building as well. Usually the local school choir will have a performance witness by the President.

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    Tong Dee Toh

    Only available during open houses on selected public holidays!

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    Samudrika Gunawardane

    Can walk there leisurely to spend sometime.. Don’t forget to carry an umbrella to cover from the hot sun if you gonna walk in noon.

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    Barney Goggles

    If you can visit during the days of the year it’s open to the public , I would highly recommend it for a few hours. Nice grounds to walk around and some historic architecture. Interestingly, there is even a golf course there (not open to the public !)

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    Risdawaty Ahmad

    No regrets …

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    Ashok Bajpal

    Peaceful Place n the Gallery proving how in history, it came out of Clutches of English empire n trying to revive its Heritage/Culture like Bharat/India

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    Almoil Official

    The official residence of the President of Singapore. Is open to the public during public holidays

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    Jimmy Chua

    Had Happy memories here

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    Joshua Tan

    Building representing Singapore and her colonial past

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    Star Dragon

    Open once a month.
    The lawn is beautiful and perfect for playing with children.

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    Jamie Ho

    love it. could it be open for more days??? the queues are TOO long… …

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    Jay Pandya

    A place to vist.. open only on public holiday

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    D Chua

    First experience, lots of trees to provide shade along the roads inside but depending on the time of day, still quite hot. Entered on the Deepavali holiday (yesterday) so entry for Singaporeans and PRs was free while others had to pay to enter. Reasonable. Security was polite and professional. A visitor who wasn’t local, filmed part of the security screening while waiting in line and was stopped by an officer who asked very respectfully for his phone and informed him that any footage taken there had to be deleted and that the officer had to witness him deleting it. The visitor didn’t kick up a fuss so everything was handled in a calm manner. Glad for that. After all, the officer was doing her job. The security also collected all lighters so don’t bring your favourite lighter if you’re going to visit. The grounds of the Istana were well-manicured and very green. Quite a bit of walking to do. There were some pop-up booths for drinks, balloons and even one by the Night Safari with pythons and lizards on display. For a $5 donation to their conservation fund, one could touch the python and have a photo with it. It was not the usual place one would expect to see them but still interesting. Some visitors thought the lawns were like the botanical garden’s and promptly sat down like a picnic. Not exactly what I’d like to see. After all, it isn’t the botanical gardens, it’s the Istana. You can go to the botanical gardens any time to do that. Feels slightly disrespectful to me but that’s just my opinion. It was pleasant but hot. Would recommend visiting when it is open and taking an umbrella, a handheld fan and a bottle of water along. Oh and wear comfy walking shoes.

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    Antonius Blaise

    Very beautiful place. The photos were taken during Deepavali open house 2022.

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    dr s raghunathan

    You must be fortunate on visiting this place only on national holidays since it opens only 4 days in a year. Next opening 1st may 2019

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    meowo z

    Visit the the Istana on 7 May during their Open House. We reached about 8.45am and managed to gain entry at 9.30am. Once inside, we waited another 30min to purchase ticket for the Main Building. Both queues were long but still acceptable since it was before 10am where the weather isn’t scorching hot yet. We had fun and it was good to visit the Istana at least once in our lifetime. In total we spent 3 hours (inclusive of the queuing time). Tips: Go early morning where queue is shorter.

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    manish kandpal

    Lovely gardens and flora

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    U. X.

    Good.

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    Masaaki Moriyama

    chalk palace

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    Thomas Koo

    Very big place with a lot of greenery…

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    Arya Aditiya

    Hi pm!

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    Mdindrsfk

    As a Singaporean, I have always wondered what it is like inside the gates of the Istana whenever I passed by the road. And as they only open to public about 5 times per year, I did not want to waste the opportunity. My first time visiting …

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    Noriyuki Fukuhara

    Istana is the official residence of the President of Singapore and is open to the public about six times a year. The official residence building can also be visited for a fee, but photos are not allowed. I waited for about an hour in the hot and humid weather to enter the residence, but I was able to see places that I usually can’t see. It seems that the entrance is restricted due to the weather.

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    Rizgar Ismael

    Amazing i like design of building

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    Bear Melon

    Admission is only possible during special exhibitions held six times a year.
    For foreigners, it costs $2 to enter and $4 to enter the building.
    You will have to wait in the heat at various places, so if you go after 16:00, you won’t have to wait.
    I think I’ll put it in.
    The spacious lawn in the city is worth seeing, but it’s not something you’ll want to go back to again and again, and it’s not something you should spend your precious time on.
    Only a small portion of the building is open to the public, and photographs are not allowed inside.

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    Mdindrsfk

    As a Singaporean, I have always wondered what it is like inside the gates of the Istana whenever I passed by the road. And as they only open to public about 5 times per year, I did not want to waste the opportunity. My first time visiting the beautiful Istana during Diwali open house. The queue was long but moving, due to the security checks. It was hot and humid, wished I had prep myself with portable fan and umbrella. I enjoyed the long walk up to the main building, passing by japanese garden and some swans swimming. I hope the Istana can provide better and more food choices next time as there were only two food trucks. I did not get to see the President though, would have been the highlight of the trip!

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    Rohan Pillai

    Magnificent place. Wish it was open for more days of the year.

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    mattjoy tan

    Istana Singapore, a palace for Honorable President Singapore.

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    Shreyas Jituri

    Amazing

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    hsing gen Chuang

    High security, only open at certain times

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    阿永(谁伴我闯荡)

    The pure green base is so pretty

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    Meharuban Mahadeva

    Beautiful place with lots of souvenirs

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    Qingsong Zou

    very beautiful presidential palace

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    Yi

    Historic place

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    Monica Miranti

    If you happen to be in Singapore during the public holiday, you should come and check out this place. The next opening is on 1 May 19. I went there during the Chinese New Year holiday and queue for about 1 hour to enter. There is separate (express) queue for older ppl, parent with kids, etc. Come early so that you get a chance to enter the Istana building (you have to buy separate ticket to enter, buy before 5 pm at the latest).

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    EunHee Kim

    I love President

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    ling Zhang

    not open

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    Davide Renon

    Nice park in the heart of the city that’s the ‘garden’ of the presidential house. You cannot even see the house from the entrance and you feel like you are entering into another world. Unfortunately it’s opened only few times a year so you must be lucky enough to be in town on those days (by the way always open the national day and the second day of Chinese New Year)

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    Tony Yang

    No photos are allowed inside the building
    It is only available to the public for a few specific days on important holidays and only a few rooms are shown.

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    Tomomi Hamaguchi

    It was open on public holidays. A nice walking course with lots of grass and flowers. Foreigners can enter for $2.

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    Yong Wen Chua

    Worth a visit when open.

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    Joel Cheong

    It’s very beautiful inside but you have to wait for public holidays to enter unless you belong to a select group of people.

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    Tri Atmoko

    Nice place

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    Mohd Fahmi Hassim

    Ok

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    Bonan Zhang (Niko Z)

    Have never been to the Istana before, thought won’t be many people this Chinese new year, I was completely wrong. Reached around 8:45am, already long queue in front.

    Entrance fee is free for residents and $2 for the rest. The entrance fee for the office building is another $2 for the residents and $4 for the rest. Nothing much to see in the building, only level 1 is accessible. Long queue for the ticket purchase to the building. Averagely 45-90 mins wait.

    The garden has limited features, personally felt that Botanic gardens have more greens to see. Anyway just a unique experience for everyone.

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    Jason Teo

    Awesome first visit there. Huge place, great for a day picnic on public hols

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    Gilda Riola 8

    Istana is the great and popular place in Singapore this place is the house of the president in here Singapore.

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    Sudipto Guha

    It’s only open during the public holidays in Singapore. Definitely worth a quick visit if you get a chance. Beautiful landscaped gardens and the official residence of the president of the country.

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    Hee Kiang Foo

    Oasis in the centre of town

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    J Seng

    Great experience during open house in August.

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    韩毓

    Quiet amidst the hustle and bustle, the environment is beautiful, the layout is patchwork, and the architectural style is simple and elegant.

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    Bryant Cho

    Only open during certain public holidays during the year, do check out the nice lawns and colonial buildings within the compounds.

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    Fitrahmadhany KM

    residence of President that middle of town. so cool

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    曾堯

    Only open five times a year. It covers a vast area with a variety of flowers, plants and trees, which is very suitable for walking and outing.

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    Aovana Timmerman

    Loved visiting the gardens of the Istana. Just thought the queues to get tickets for visiting the main building could be shortened if there was an option to prepay for tickets online or pre-book guided tours. Also it would be great if there were more food stalls selling local traditional dishes, rather than Nachos for example.

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    Yoshihide Matsuo

    It was released on the Hari Raya Puasa holiday. Foreigners need $2 and a passport. As soon as the doors open at 8:30 in the morning, there are not many people and you can feel the nature in the city.

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    David Bovard

    Nice place, fantastic gardens but why do they give EACH visitor a plastic bag for the security check that they immediately trash after? They should lead by example and stop this massive plastic waste.

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    Jim Faherty

    Formerly known as Government House when Singapore was under British rule, the Istana (meaning ‘palace’ in Malay) is the official home of the incumbent President of Singapore and the venue for receiving foreign heads of state and visiting dignitaries.
    It’s only open a handful of days a year (coinciding with certain public holidays) and can get quite busy.
    The landscaped gardens span a huge area (from Bukit Timah Road to Dhoby Ghaut) and are beautifully kept.
    Inside is similarly impressive, with well-maintained interiors showing off a mix of colonial and Malay architectural influences.
    Expect long queues on Open Day, but fortunately they move quickly.
    The outdoor vendor stalls had sold out of ice cream and cold drinks when we visited at 1pm. It gets hot in the gardens so bring water and shade!

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    Lesley Kao

    Such a temperamental presidential palace! !

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    Janet Tong

    A historical architecture where you can only go when it’s open day!

    Learnt Singapore history during the visit. Must go for those who love Singapore

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    A Shiny

    The Presidential Palace is open to the public only on special days throughout the year.
    There is a line to enter, but there is also a long line to enter the Presidential Palace.

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    Pavinder Pathania (PAVI)

    nice place

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    郭文强

    What’s so good about the presidential palace?

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    MURU K

    Good

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    Austin

    Amazing experience but very long and confusing queues

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    Andy Li

    Istana is just as magnificent as before! It feels like you’re on a wonderful golf course with a lovely white mansion.
    There are large, well-kept lawns with plenty of room to sit on the grass (no seats there). There were also a lot of art booths and displays on art and botany.
    After a good stroll, you’ll arrive at the palace. The palace is magnificent. The chandeliers are just stunning. Multiple hallways featuring gifts from many countries can be found inside. That’s fascinating to see.
    Overall, this is a must-see location. I understand that the establishment is only open for four days a year. So take advantage of the next opportunity to go!

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    Ong boon cheng

    First visit

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    Lei Hou

    Good place to go, but the istana building open area is very limited.

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    Tan Han Wei

    Amazing place. Beautiful landscape and architecture. You’ll also get to see rare and precious gifts from other countries. I visited during the deepavali open house and it was quite crowded when queueing. Once I got in, it didnt feel as crowded because it’s a very spacious place.

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    hsu amanda

    I am very lucky to meet the day when the Presidential Palace is open!

    The entrance will be managed by security guards. There are some experiential art activities inside, full of fish-headed sphinx statues. There is also a prairie…breaking the serious stereotype of the Presidential Palace!

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    AMEL D

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    백성인

    nice place

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    H D

    The Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore, it is surrounded by an ample park. It only opens to the general public about five times during the year, usually on or near some of the annual public holidays, so catch it if you can! Remember to bring along your NRIC or passport, wear comfortable walking shoes, and be prepared to queue and to go through security checks. Google for the dates of the ‘Istana Open House’, together with tips, rules, admission charges, etc. This information is usually on the istana.gov.sg. website.

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    Maria Correia Neves

    Gardens are pretty but I was hoping to see more of the buildings and object collection.

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    Varadha Gokula krishnan

    A very best place for picnic

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    Y Y

    Long walk for the elderly.

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    steven chua

    I Love These Place ️️️ It Very Beautiful & It Very Big and Nice Place …

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    Ethan Lee

    Not so great during open house because its too crowded. Its design is Grand and I feel like the decorations are unmatchable against normal house ones.

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    Edward Tan

    Official Residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore. Open to visitors a few times in a year.

    The Istana greens is a good place for a family picnic.

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    Anuj Choudhary

    As expected, Istana is very grand. The place feels like going in a nice golf course with a beautiful white palace.
    There are huge and well maintained lawns with ample amount of space to sit on grass (no seats there). When we went there, there were a lot of art booths and exhibitions on art and botany.

    The palace comes after a decent walk. The palace is super grand. The chandeliers are mesmerizing. Inside you can see multiple halls with gifts from different countries. It’s interesting to see that.

    Overall must visit the place. I understand that the place only opens for 4 days in a year. So grab the next opportunity to visit.

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    Kay Long

    Not a great outing for the open house. Searing hot with long walking distance for family with kids. No avenue for fluid replacement. Not the same concept of festive open house I have had experienced elsewhere. Paid for entrance and for visit into the building ( with air conditioning). Understandable in temperate countries you could wander around a big gigantic park but I doubt there are many who would like to stroll around a park of such enormity during the day time of hot sweaty surroundings ( the need for such an expanse of park)

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    KM

    When given the chance to visit the Istana during the days it is opened for public holiday, it is worth exploring the beautiful Istana park. They have guided tours that showcase the rich bio-diversity of the park (from hornbill birds to old trees).

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    Esther Tay

    First time at the Istana. Here on official duty. Dinner was catered from Orchard Hotel. Love the katong laksa

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    woelly william

    presidential palace, open a couple of time in a year

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    R A

    great!

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    Erol Putra

    BETA EROL

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    Lavanya Reddy

    Istana open house

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    Rizka Nurlaila

    It’s fun

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    jy zhou

    Iconic places. Must visit if open

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    Rizal Taufiq Rahman

    Great palace

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    Rong Jia Lau

    The Istana is the official residence of the President of Singapore. It’s open to members of the public on selected public holidays. What is perhaps easier to catch is the changeover of guards at the main entrance on the first Sunday of the month (think there are 8 or 9 such changeovers in a year). It typically starts at about 6pm and takes around 20 mins. One of the events which even locals may not be aware of, as it’s made known on the Istana and Mindef webpages, and the average folk has no reason to browse those.

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    chac-mool

    First visit to CNY.
    The gates were supposed to open at 8:30, but we arrived around 9:30. There was already a line for the security check.
    Go inside in about 15 minutes. Be sure to bring your ID with you.
    I showed him my shing pass and he let me in for free.
    ID required for open house. Payment is only Scanpay, so you need to prepare in advance.

    The inside is spacious and has an atmosphere like a botanic garden.
    The inside of the house was large, and the exhibition was wonderful.
    Unfortunately, it was raining, so I took a look around and went home, but if it was sunny, I wanted to take it easy.

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    Yosua Denny Pranata

    This is place makes me open my mouth. Only open for public for a certain period of time. So makes sure you check the open house date before you come. Gate entrance fee as of this review written, $$2 for foreigner and free for Singaporean / PR holder. Palace ticket price S$4 for foreigner and S$2 for Singaporean / PR holder.

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    HERMAN SUKAMTO

    Amazing place.

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    Bonan Zhang (Niko Z)

    Have never been to the Istana before, thought won’t be many people this Chinese new year, I was completely wrong. Reached around 8:45am, already long queue in front.

    Entrance fee is free for residents and $2 for the rest. The entrance fee for the office building is another $2 for the residents and $4 for the rest. Nothing much to see in the building, only level 1 is accessible. Long queue for the ticket purchase to the building. Averagely 45-90 mins wait.

    The garden has limited features, personally felt that Botanic gardens have more greens to see. Anyway just a unique experience for everyone.

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    C Seow

    Good way to spend your afternoon

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    karen chia

    The Istana, which mean The Palace in the Malay language. It was delightful to see the “Inclusive Garden” (previously known as Spice Garden) which consist of hard core path wide enough for wheelchairs, planters just the right height for wheelchair users with built in knee space. The low level water feature was mesmerising. It is worth the effort to decent the number of steps to get to the Lily Pond, the air is filled with scented honeysuckles. Apart from the graceful colonial style buildings complete with shutters, the matured garden set in undulating land which adds interest visually. The 42 hectares land during the colonial days was a nutmeg plantation, so look out for these trees. Other trees which may be of interest are coffee, Cocoa, Mulberry and pepper. Do look out for the next open day. Thank you for the opportunity for so many, to share the enjoyment of the gardens.

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    MARTIN GUNAWAN (Martinshire)

    The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. Meaning “palace” in Malay, it is where the President receives and entertains state guests.
    I was very lucky yesterday the government opened the door of the palace and allowed tourists to enjoy its splendor.

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    Hoonseok Chung

    Open 5 days a year:
    Chinese New Year (second day)
    Labor Day
    Hari Raya Puasa (Same day)
    National Day
    Deepavali

    Admission: SGD2
    Entrance fee to Istana Main Building: SGD 4 (SGD 10 for guided tour), Children: SGD 2
    Operating Hours: 08:30~18:00 (Istana Main Building Guided Tour: 09:00~15:00)

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    Utsav Gandhi

    The official residence of High Excellency, the President of the Republic of Singapore.

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    C A

    Our most Important place in Singapore! Lush Greenery with Magnificent Tree Tops!

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    구룡산두

    Chinese New Year in the early days of the corona outbreak
    Istana Palace
    A large lawn! And the wide lawn?
    It is fun to see citizens visiting with mats and simple refreshments.

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    Erol Hasimah

    BETA EROL
    BRAVO
    SOUTHERN RED WINGS

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    Dai K

    This is not opened usually, only on several days we have chance to go in. You will find very large green park, three beautiful ponds, and palace.
    You will need 2 dollars if you are not singaporean or PRs, and additional 4 dollars to palace. It’s free for kids under 3years old.

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    Bihe Chen

    Fabulous environment, got to see the president. A lot of activities and shows. Bring water if you want to visit in summer.

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    Mathilda Chua

    So proud of this important building…

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    James Curran

    Great place to visit, but be prepared a huge crowd when it is open – the line at 10am was 40 minutes just to enter, and another 40 minutes for a self-guided tour inside the building itself. As with everywhere in Singapore, pack an umbrella just in case!

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    Jason Tan

    Only residential in Singapore with a golf course.

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    SuZan TaN

    Love singapore

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    Zong Huan Hoe

    My Friends and I visited the Istana recently on Monday for Chinese New Year open house. We saw the garden and the building antiques. The place is beautiful. We love it!

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    Yogesh Jadhav

    Some nice architecture

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    Minhal Hassan

    Its usually open on public holidays and entry is free for Singaporean and PRs. Foreigners and Employment pass holders have to pay for entry ticket. The gardens are well maintained. The ponds and fountains are very beautiful. It is very good or a long stroll or picnic. There is a seperate entry ticket for the istana building, which is like tour of a museum. Building houses extensive collection of souvenirs like tea sets, bowls, swords, trays,paintings, tapestries and decoration pieces etc from different countries. One is not allowed to bring stroller inside the building so have to carry your baby so i strongly recommend to bring baby carrier. Also one is not permitted to take picures inside istana building but you can take pictures of the vast gardens, ponds and fountain. Moreover, bring a water bottle as have to walk alot in the park, otherwise one can purchase water or juice from any kiosk in istana. Truly impressed with maintanence of lawns and security of the area. Plaza Singapura and MTR is also at a walking distance so reaching here is very easy. Must see site if you are visiting Singapore on a public holiday.

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    Kungfu Papa

    There was a day passby Singapore Istana and having to watch the changeover parade. Interestingly with the MP marching show and SAF Band performance. Good one!

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    Timo Surratt

    Staff:
    -friendly 9
    -helpfulness 9
    Wait time: fast (8)
    Food:
    -Flavor 10
    -spice mild to moderate (2-5)
    -presentation 9
    Energy:
    -happy 10
    -calmness 8
    Price: high (€150 for 4 VERY hungry and thirsty people)
    Overall: top 3 restaurants I’ve visited in my 9 years of travel over 8 countries

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    Serge V.Bobrov

    Singapore government residence. Great green park. Recommended.

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    Ambrose Goh

    The Istana is only opened to the public for 5 days annually from 0830 to 1800. Since I was free on one of the rare days (Deepavali on 6 Nov 2018), I decided to head down to take a look.

    Take note – try to be early because queues would start to form from afternoon onwards. For Singaporeans/PR, entrance is free but it would cost foreigners S$2. Do remember to bring your NRIC or passport to provide your identity.

    Once you’re in you would need to walk ~400m to the Istana main building. Along the way, you would see and experience a vast of green space rife typical Singaporean plants. It is highly recommended to take a slow stroll to enjoy the peaceful greenery. However, do remember your sunscreen and umbrella.

    After you reach the main building you have 3 main choices for activities – entry into the Istana the main building only, entry + guided tour of the main building and guided tour of the greenery in the green space mentioned above. The 1-hour guided tours are limited so do remember to head down early if you want to get a slot. Each tour is S$4 should you be interested. If you just want to head into the main building, it would be S$2. All of the money received would be donated to the President’s Challenge.

    As I did not manage to get a slot for the guided tour, I just entered the building to take a look. It has 3 main wings replete with gifts from ambassadors from other countries that you can slowly take in. The highlight for me was the President’s reception room where the President hosts courtesy calls – it was a scenery that I had saw on the TV previously.

    Overall, it was a pleasant visit.

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    Wanhar Masijan

    Awesome

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    c l s

    With a total area of ​​106 hectares, the palace was built between 1867 and 1869 and was originally built by the British as the official residence of the colonial governor. On the open day, people can be seen enthusiastically participating in various festival activities.

    Visit the Istana Singapore at 5 festivals throughout the year,
    Traditional Spring Festival, Labor Day, National Day and Eid al-Fitr, Lantern Festival.

    ⭐️Singapore permanent residents bring ic to visit during these festivals and are free to enter, while foreign tourists need to pay 2 Singapore dollars for the entrance fee.
    If there is an open day event, each visitor can enter the first floor of the Presidential Palace for an additional SGD 2.

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    bervi r

    Nice

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    YRoz Deppster

    Official residence of the President of Singapore. This place is open to members of public on major public holidays in Singapore. You can get Istana souvenirs, snacks and drinks which are available at the various booths there and proceeds from the sale goes to President’s Challenge which supports the various benefitting agencies. There are also various performances which is usually befitting the festive celebrated.

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    Nguyễn Việt Hoàng

    It’s really nice and nature friendly palace, it’s like a palace in a garden
    The guards are friendly too

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    Tracy Seow

    A must go when it is open to the public. Go for the Istana guided tour and the Istana Nature guides tour too, and see beautiful lawns and flowers cultivated at the Istana.

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    MinChun Shih (AkiraSeki)

    It will be a very suitable place for parents and children when paired with on-site activities.

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    Rudy Herman Sinen

    A variety of trees and flowers.

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    林伟将David Valentino

    This is one of the most unique Head of Government’s palace i ever visited. Not the best but one of the unique.

    I visited the istana in an Open House session in Labour Day (a public holiday in Singapore). It’s so crowded, full with peoples from around the world.

    This one smaller by size if you compare it with the Green House (Malaysia’s) or others like Istana Bogor (One of Indonesia’s President Palace), but the environment, is so good, its so green. The facility for public is good.

    I recommend you to visit The Istana and enter the inner building ( you need to pay if you are a foreigner). Even if you can’t take a picture inside, its still statisfying you with the short tour too looks for the item, stuff, etc (mostly as souvenir from other countries delegation).

    I also recommend you to visit the istana’s museum (heritage gallery) in front of the istana first or after the visit.

    P.S : you can take a look about The Istana’s open house schedule in their website, but peoples say its always open in every public holiday. Bring your bottle drink, since there is a water refill inside, and don’t bring any sharp item, or anything that can trigger security issues.

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    Syuhaidah

    Historical

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    Kezia Ardelia

    This place it’s amazing …

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    Anandh Kumar

    Prestige place with collection of Offices and other country souvenir

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    Dresca Ang

    Second time here and still as good as ever.

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