Istana Open House

Mark the Date

 

The Deepavali Istana Open House (IOH) will be held on Monday, 24 October 2022, 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 adult. By entering the Istana Open House, visitors agree to the Terms and Conditions stipulated below.

 

The Istana Main Building Guided Tour will be held from from 9.00am to 2.30pm and 4.30pm to 5.00pm and the Nature Guided Tour will be held from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The programme and fees are listed in the tables below. There will also be food trucks and 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 President’s Challenge.

 

The Istana is typically open to the public on five days during the year. Visitors can look forward to special performances, tour selected rooms in the Main Building or go on guided nature walks on the grounds. Do check back for details on future IOHs.

 

Programme Listing

 

Time

Activity

Venue

Performances and Activity Booths

10.00am – 10.45am

Band Performance by Xinmin Secondary School

Main Tent

10.00am – 10.30am

Indian Dance Performance by Bowen Secondary School

Ceremonial Plaza

10.30am – 11.00am

Indian Dance Performance by Punggol Secondary School

Ceremonial Plaza

11.00am – 12.00pm

Dance Performance by NAFA School of Young Talents

Ceremonial Plaza

11.45am – 12.30pm

Band Performance by CHIJ Katong Convent

Main Tent

3.30pm – 4.00pm

Musical Performance by NAFA School of Young Talents

Main Building Reception Hall

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Indian Dance Performance by Clementi Town Secondary School

Ceremonial Plaza

8.30am – 6.00pm

Games Booth by Heartware Network

Centre Gate Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Art Carts and Activity Booths by National Gallery Singapore

Centre Gate Tent

 

8.30am – 6.00pm

Candle-Making Booth by Anaya Soul Retreat

Main Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Balloon Sculpting Booth by Singtel

Main Tent

Guided Tours (Starting point at booth near the Ceremonial Plaza)

9.00am – 2.30pm

4.30pm – 5.00pm

Istana Main Building Guided Tour by National Heritage Board

Main Building

10.00am – 4.00pm

Nature Guided Tour by NParks

Enhanced Japanese Garden and Inclusive Garden

Snacks and Merchandise

8.30am – 6.00pm

Halal Food Truck

Goodburger Food Truck

Near Main Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Udders Ice-Cream Booth

Main Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Drinks Booths

Main Tent, Centre Gate Tent, Main Building Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Istana and President’s Challenge Merchandise Booth

Main Tent

 

Entry Fees

 

Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted.

 

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

 

Entry into Istana grounds

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

Standard

Adult

Free

$2.00

Children (4 to 12 years)

Free

Free

Children (Below 4 years)

Free

Free

 

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

 

Entry into Istana Main Building

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

Standard

Self-guided

Guided*

Self-guided

Guided*

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)

Free

Free

Free

Free

 

*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 from 9.00am to 2.30pm and 4.30pm to 5.00pm. All fees collected will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge.

 

The following fees are applicable for the Nature Guided Tour:

 

Nature Guided Tour

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

Standard

Adult

$4.00

$10.00

Children (4 to 12 years)

$2.00

$2.00

Children (Below 4 years)

Free

Free

 

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 President’s Challenge.

 

Souvenirs

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

 

All proceeds will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge. Social service agencies supported by President’s Challenge 2022 include those from the following sectors:

 

  • Children, Youth & Family
  • Disability
  • Eldercare
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Healthcare
  • Disability Sports

 

The souvenirs include memorabilia such as:

 

  • Istana 150th Anniversary Books
  • Caps
  • Mugs
  • Bookmarks
  • Postcards
  • Notebooks
  • Umbrellas
 

Terms and Conditions

 

Admission Procedures to the Istana Open House on 24 October 2022

 

1. Admission to the Istana Open House 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.

2. There are no storage facilities in the Istana. Security personnel reserve the right to deny entry to visitors with prohibited items.

3. Entry to the Istana grounds may be restricted due to inclement weather or other reasons.

4. 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 to 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. Visitors must keep their masks on at all times in the Main Building.

4. The consumption of food and drinks is not allowed in the Main Building.

5. Main Building admission passes are purchased on a first-come-first-served basis.

6. 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.

7. There are no restroom facilities accessible to members of the public within the Main Building.

8. Visits are kept strictly only to the first floor of the Main Building.

9. No photography is allowed within the Main Building.

 

Visitor Etiquette and Safe Management Measures Within 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 PMDs) 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 Istana Open House Organising Committee may take photographs or recordings of any visitor at the Istana Open House for any purpose, without prior approval or compensation.

 

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