Visitors Information

Istana Open House

The Istana Grounds is open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year, Deepavali,  Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day and National Day.  The Istana Open House is scheduled to be held on the following dates in 2016:

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Chinese New Year (2nd Day)
Labour Day (Actual Day)
Hari Raya Puasa (Actual Day)
National Day 
Deepavali (Actual Day)

-          9 February 2016 (Tuesday)
-          1 May 2016 (Sunday)
-          6 July 2016 (Wednesday)
-          30 July 2016 (Saturday)
-          29 October 2016 (Saturday) 

Entrance Fees

Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House.  For an entrance fee of $2 for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents and $4 for others, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers.

 

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

Adult

$4.00

Package for family of four

Not applicable

$12.00

Others

 

Adult

$4.00

$10.00

Child (4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00

Package for family of four

Not applicable

$30.00

* Guided tours are conducted by volunteers and are limited to 12 persons per group, and depart every half hour from 9.30am to 3.00pm.  All fees collected will be donated to charity. For more information, visit the National Heritage Board website.

 

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

 

Adult

$4.00

 

Package for family of four

$12.00

 

Others

 

 

Adult

$10.00

 
Child (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 half hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm. All fees collected will be donated to charity.  For more information, visit the National Parks website.

 

Souvenirs

Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity.

 

Notes to Visitors

1.  The following items will not be allowed within the Istana grounds for security reasons:

·    Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, forks)

·    Flammable items (e.g. lighters)

2.    To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all visitors, and to prevent damage to the premises, the following will not be allowed within the Istana grounds:

·        Wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller blading)
·         Littering
·         Smoking
·         Consumption of alcoholic drinks
·         Pets (except for guide dogs)

3.    No storage facilities will be provided. Security personnel reserve the right to turn away visitors who bring along items that are not allowed.

4.    All visitors will need to go through security screening prior to entering the Istana grounds.

5.    The sale of tickets to enter the Istana Main Building will close at 5.30pm, subject to crowd conditions.  Registration for the Istana Main Building Guided Tour and the Nature Guided Walk will close by 3 pm and 4 pm respectively subject to availability.