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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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  • October 1, 2017
    I went in that month 1st Sunday evening because guard ceremony in the Istana. Marching band marching down Orchard Road, the ceremony is performed. It was about 30 minutes is pretty spectacular.
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  • August 23, 2017
    The Istana is only open to the public for 5 days out of the year. Book a tour with the helpful guides for only a few extra SGD that go to charity! The interior building is not very large but the tidbi...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    I was exhausted before overlapping happens to be public, so come visit, but advances to the Palace covers a large area. May's was better because it was the first time Singapore over other tourist destinations. Entering the site in 4 S $ 2 S $, Palace tours. Bringing writers is not allowed passports are not checked baggage screening at the entrance but failed.
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  • July 18, 2017
    The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. Meaning "palace" in Malay, it is where the President receives and entertains state guests. I was very lucky yesterday the government opened the door of the palace and allowed tourists to enjoy its splendor.
  • August 15, 2017
    Lee Hsien Loong really chose a good place to live in
  • August 1, 2017
    Iconic places. Must visit if open
  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • March 6, 2017
    Prestige place with collection of Offices and other country souvenir

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