The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore and is also the office of the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Visitors are able to view the Istana by walking through the grounds as well as entering the building on specified open days.
Istana Singapore – Hotel, History Visit, Open House & Hours
The architecture is similar to other 18th Century neo-Palladian buildings, which the British designed in India. The building is typical of a tropical Malay layout, as it is surrounded by verandahs, panelled doors and louvred windows. The building is also dominated by the three-storey tower block in the central.
The Istana is an absolute treasure trove of magnificent green landscape, trees, fauna and flora over sprawling parklands. There are a number of lakes and ponds within the grounds as well as a Japanese Garden and many places to sit and relax.
During the Open House, a variety of festivals are hosted on the grounds. For $2 you can take a tour of the function rooms and view gifts that are on display, which were presented to the Prime Minister and to the President. At all other times, tourists are welcome to tour the grounds with an admission fee of $1. Locals are able to frequent the grounds whenever they wish without any admission fee.
Any entrance fees and proceeds they collect from sales of souvenirs are donated by the Istana to local charities.