is a collection of memories that reflect on the growth and progress of Singapore since Independence.
You may purchase hard copies of ‘Our Istana – Through the Years' at S$50/- by submitting your orders via email to the President's Challenge Secretariat at email@example.com. Proceeds will go to the President's Challenge Silver Volunteer Fund in recognition of our pioneer generation's contributions to nation-building.
Author(s): Dr K K Seet
Publisher(s): Times Editions
“The Istana" coffee table book, published in 2000, traces the history of the Istana back to its earlier incarnation as the Government House. The book documents the events held at the Istana and narrates anecdotes involving its illustrious occupants, from the governors of Singapore to the Yang di-Pertuan Negara and the Presidents of the Republic of Singapore. It also offers a glimpse of the Istana, after its major refurbishment from 1996 to 1998.
Author(s): Dr Tan Wee Kiat, Wong Tuan Wah, Koh Soon Kiong, Aileen Lau
Publisher(s): National Parks Board and Suntree Marketing
"Gardens of the Istana" brings its readers on a horticultural tour of the Istana estate, revealing its botanical treasures while providing glimpses of life and times of the occupants and affairs of the gardens since 1869. Published in 2003, the book also documents the horticultural legacy of the Garden City programme.
The book, enlivened with anecdotes, humour and box stories of botanical, historical or social interest, pays tribute to greening policies past and present, and celebrates the beauty of nature within the Istana domain and in the garden city of Singapore.
"Gardens of the Istana" is available for loan at selected public libraries in Singapore.
Author(s): James Gan Wan Meng, Aileen Lau
Publisher(s): Suntree Media and Singapore Environment Council
Published in 2005, this book catalogues in detail 67 bird species sighted in different parts of the Istana domain, and provides an insight on their feeding habits. Richly illustrated by watercolours, crayons and photographs, the book also offers glimpses of the Istana and its grounds.
Author(s): Wong Tuan Wah, Koh Soon Kiong, Dr Duncan Sutherland, Aileen Lau
Publisher(s): Suntree Media, in association with National Parks Board
“Trees of the Istana” provides a glimpse into the legacy of landscaping and tree-planting in the Istana domain. Through text, photographs, botanical drawings and watercolours, the book showcases over 70 tree species in the Istana grounds.
A copy of Trees of the Istana can be found at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.
The President is responsible for safeguarding the national reserves and the integrity of the public service. The President also receives foreign dignitaries, officiates at state functions and performs other ceremonial and community duties.
Besides official functions, the President actively supports community and social causes. The President often graces events organised by grassroots, community and welfare groups, as well as ethnic and religious organisations.
The portraits of President Halimah and her spouse, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, are displayed in public buildings. The Presidential Standard is flown at the Istana in the day, when the President is in the country. The Presidential Crest is used on state crockery, gifts and stationery related to the President.