Sep 20 Hari Raya Puasa Open House @ Istana

Hari Raya Puasa Open House @ Istana

Sunday, September 20, 2009

8:30am - 6:00pm

The Istana
Orchard Road, Singapore 238823

Admission is FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents.

Others, including foreign visitors, are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person.

Also, with an entrance fee of $2, members of the public are allowed to view the Staterooms in the Istana Building.

Visitors to the Istana Building also get to view a special display of selected gifts presented to the President & Prime Minister.

Visitors to the Istana are advised to dress neatly, and to avoid wearing singlet, shorts and / or slippers.

About the Istana:

The Istana Grounds are open to the public a few days every year so that Singaporeans and visitors can share the sprawling parkland. Standing today at 140 m above sea level, The Istana is a precious and important part of Singapore's history and heritage and has borne witness to Singapore's many historical milestones. Located along busy Orchard Road, the 100 over acres Istana Domain is a welcome green lung within the city. Within the Domain, there are several buildings of architectural and historical interest such as the Sri Temasek, the Villa and the Military Guardroom. They used to house the Governors and top administrators of Colonial Singapore. Today, as official residence of the President of Singapore, the Istana continues to be a symbol of authority.

The Istana grounds are open to the public annually in celebration of the following occassions:

1. Chinese New Year
2. Labour Day
3. National Day
4. Hari Raya Puasa
5. Deepavali

Getting There:

Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road.

(a) By Bus
Bus stops avalaible along Orchard Road and Penang Road:

Bus Nos. 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 111, 124, 162, 174, 174e, 175, 502, 502A, 518, 518A

FREE shuttle bus service at Tiong Bahru Road, bus stop opposite Tiong Bahru MRT station from 10am to 8pm daily at half hourly interval. Alight at Plaza Singapura.

(b) By Car
Parking is available at Plaza Singapura.
Parking Rates:

Sun & Public Holiday
8am – 5pm:
1st hour @ $1.05
Every subsequent 15 mins @ $0.30

5pm – 8am:
$2.10 per entry

(c) By Train
The nearest MRT stations is Dhoby Ghaut (NS24), a 5-minute walk.