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Address: Orchard Road Istana, Singapore 238823, Singapore
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NEW! Istana Heritage Gallery

I was disappointed that it was not possible for walk-up tourists to visit the Istana, so I had to make do with the newly-opened Istana Heritage Gallery located next to the Dhoby... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
geographyguy_11
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Brisbane, Queensland
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Brisbane, Queensland
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362 reviews
329 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was disappointed that it was not possible for walk-up tourists to visit the Istana, so I had to make do with the newly-opened Istana Heritage Gallery located next to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. It is only small, but it was interesting to about read the history of the building and the role of the President. There is a... More 

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is a beautiful old colonial building and it is very rare to be able to go inside the grounds let alone the ground floor of the building, so if you get a chance go there on a day when it is open, get there early because the queues go right round to the Singapore Plaza as the day goes... More 

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Thank Duncan60
Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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208 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I went there during chines new years. We went at the opening time (8:30am), almost no queue. But I would not advise to go if there is a queue. Not much to see, the park is random and plenty of better parks in Singapore. Plus the Presidential building is not a good quality, we just saw gifts from other countries.

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Thank Sam B
Singapore, Singapore
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313 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

We visited the Istana during their open house and loved it. The grounds were beautiful and the house itself was almost regal. There is a strong sense of history in the place, but also a very real grounding to the present day.

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Thank Evan L
Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Headed to the Istana Open House during the 2016 Hari Raya. Though I was perspiring profusely when climbing up the mini hill towards the Istana, the journey was priceless. It’s my first visit to the Istana and I was extremely mesmerized by the beautiful nature surrounding it. Unfortunately, video and photo taking is prohibited in the Istana. But trust me,... More 

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Thank Yana M
Singapore, Singapore
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618 reviews
319 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Istana will be opened to public on 5 gazetted public holidays namely (1) Chinese New Year (likely 2nd day of Lunar New Year); (2) Labour Day 1 May; (3) Hari Raya Puasa; (4) National Day (not actual day) & (5) Deepavali. Opened 8.30am - 5.30pm. Free admission to Singaporeans and permanent resident. Foreigners need to pay $2 which will be... More 

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Thank 692linz
Jaipur, India
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1,118 reviews
758 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2016

This is the official residence of the President of Singapore. Gardens of this palace are open for public on national holidays. One can find calendar details in the website. Next date will be the Labor day in May, and we are looking for it. Security is kept very tight. If the President likes, he some times comes to the garden... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3,367 reviews
1,906 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Came here today for the CNY opening. It's only open a few times a year and I've never managed to see it before. Long queues to get in and even longer queues to visit the main building interior. I only saw the grounds as the queues to go inside were just ridiculous. All very pretty and well worth a visit... More 

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1 Thank KGB777
Singapore, Singapore
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177 reviews
85 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

The Istana is only opened on public holidays to the public. There are paid guided tours to the Istana and Nature walk. A great place to picnic. Bring your picnic basket. Nothing much to see in the Istana itself. Limited access. Go early to avoid the long queue.

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Thank Sharon T
Singapore, Singapore
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105 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

the Istana is the president's residence and heavily guarded. On public holidays, it is open and free for all to visit. The grounds are lush and covered with an array of beautiful plants and flowers. Family friendly activity!

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