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Istana, Singapore

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The Istana Park is a park in Singapore, located in the Museum Planning Area within the Central Area, Singapore's central business district. The park is bounded by Orchard Road, Penang Road, Penang Lane and Buyong Road.The park is a landmark situated in front of the Presidential Residence, the Istana. It has an area of 13,000 square metres. The Istana Park serves as a gateway to Singapore's Civic District Trail, which aims to educate visitors of the rich history of Singapore.HistoryThe Istana Park was completed in 1995. It was designed and built as an extension to the main entrance of the Istana. The Istana, located across the road, Orchard Road, from the park, is the official residence of the President of Singapore.HighlightsThe centrepiece of the park is the 26 metre high Festival Arch rising out of a shallow reflecting pool. The design of the stainless steel and concrete structure was inspired by the gateposts and railings at the Istana's entrance. The Festival Arch forms the gateway to Singapore's Civic District, the cultural and historic heart of the city. The arch enhances the visual link across Orchard Road.
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  • 'The Istana' (in Malaya it means palace) is the official residence & office of the President of Singapore. It was built more than 150 years ago by the British as the residence for the Governor. Spread...  more »
  • I went to the Open House held public holidays only. Only I can come during their Palace is located in the yard, such as large Golf courses and pay the entrance fee. Also not particularly feel the history, but gorgeous newly decorated, also exhibits. Can I get one?
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  • 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 ...  more »
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  • This is place makes me open my mouth. Only open for public for a certain period of time. So makes sure you check the open house date before you come. Gate entrance fee as of this review written, $$2 for foreigner and free for Singaporean / PR holder. Palace ticket price S$4 for foreigner and S$2 for Singaporean / PR holder.
  • Prestige place with collection of Offices and other country souvenir
  • Worth a visit. Long walk to the main building. Bring hats and apply sun screen
  • Beautiful place with lots of souvenirs
  • A must go when it is open to the public. Go for the Istana guided tour and the Istana Nature guides tour too, and see beautiful lawns and flowers cultivated at the Istana.

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