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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.
The 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.
The 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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  • Always thought we lacked land in Singapore until we visited the Istana on Hari Raya Puasa when the vast gardens took one's breath away, much like another Botanical Gardens down to the beautiful pair o...  more »
  • The Istana only opens on some specific days in a year. It has lush garden for children to play, and lots of nice old trees. The main building is open for visit with a small fee.  more »
  • I visited around 2pm, and it took about 20 minutes to buy a ticket ($2 for a foreigner) and about 15 minutes to go through the security check. The column was orderly, so I went a little further, so it was not so unpleasant. Until the presidential palace, as long as a golf course, the lawn continues to be wide (actually there was a bunker!) )。 I feel like I can play ball, but no one is playing. )。 To enter the presidential palace building, you will need a separate $4. Some of the gifts sent from each country are displayed on display. Photography is not allowed. I can't climb upstairs.
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  • If you happen to be in Singapore during the public holiday, you should come and check out this place. The next opening is on 1 May 19. I went there during the Chinese New Year holiday and queue for about 1 hour to enter. There is separate (express) queue for older ppl, parent with kids, etc. Come early so that you get a chance to enter the Istana building (you have to buy separate ticket to enter, buy before 5 pm at the latest).
  • You must be fortunate on visiting this place only on national holidays since it opens only 4 days in a year. Next opening 1st may 2019
  • The Istana Park was completed in 1995. It was designed and built as an extension to the main entrance of the Istana. The park was officially opened on 6 September 1996 by National Development Minister Lim Hng Kiang. The Istana, located across the road, Orchard Road, from the park, is the official residence of the President of Singapore 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 The 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. The park has a large shallow reflecting pool, the first of its kind in Singapore. Coconut palms at the adjoining Palm Pools reinforces the impression of the Istana Park as a tropical oasis in the heart of Orchard Road. Fronting the main gate of the Istana, the park provides a vantage point for visitors keen to view the monthly changing of guards’ ceremony at the Istana entrance. In the evenings, the park is transformed into an "oasis of light". The park is one of the venues identified for enhanced lighting under the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) lighting master plan. Musical and cultural performances at the Istana Park are featured on the first Sunday of every month. There is a restaurant called Giraffe Restaurant at Istana Park which is available to all for dining. Everyone can also participate/join in the concerts and performances held.
  • Singapore government residence. Great green park. Recommended.
  • When given the chance to visit the Istana during the days it is opened for public holiday, it is worth exploring the beautiful Istana park. They have guided tours that showcase the rich bio-diversity of the park (from hornbill birds to old trees).
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