Situated in the heart of the city, the Istana is a green lung amid the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Standing on what used to be Charles Robert Prinsep's nutmeg plantation, the estate is a treasure trove of flora and fauna. Since 1960, the Istana has been open to the public on special days for visitors to enjoy the beautiful grounds.
The National Parks Board takes care of the Istana grounds and is involved in landscaping works for functions held here.
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.