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Address: Orchard Road Istana, Singapore 238823, Singapore
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Labour Day Istana Open House

Went there with my best friend during the open house on Labour Day. Queue about 20 minutes to get into the security check point. Quite crowded as we arrived about 9:30 am, fast... read more

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Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there with my best friend during the open house on Labour Day. Queue about 20 minutes to get into the security check point. Quite crowded as we arrived about 9:30 am, fast lane was setup for the old, wheelchair bound. This is the second time I visit Istana, previously arrived at the gates at 8:45 am where the crowd... More 

Thank rtang41
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67 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We happened to be in Singapore on Labour Day public holiday, so what do you do?...you join a fair portion of the locals and head to the presidential palace and grounds. Lots of people in the queue but it moved quickly enough. The wait was well worth it with the 100 or so acres of manicured lawns and gardens, just... More 

1 Thank David S
Brisbane, Queensland
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373 reviews
338 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

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 

Thank geographyguy_11
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 

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 1 February 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.

Thank Sam B
Singapore, Singapore
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325 reviews
98 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.

Thank Evan L
Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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 

Thank Yana M
Singapore, Singapore
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627 reviews
321 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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 

Thank 692linz
Singapore, Singapore
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3,408 reviews
1,916 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,548 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank KGB777
Singapore, Singapore
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177 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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.

Thank Sharon T

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