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Istana, Singapore

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Government Building
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. The Istana is also the working office of the Prime Minister of Singapore.The 106-acre (0.4-km²) estate was once part of the extensive nutmeg plantation of Mount Sophia. In 1867, the British colonial government acquired the land and built a mansion to be the official home of the British governor. This continued until 1959 when Singapore was granted self-government, and the governor was replaced by the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, who was in turn replaced by the President.HistoryBritish colonial daysThe Istana was built between 1867 and 1869 on the instructions of Sir Harry Saint George Ord, Singapore's first colonial governor. It was formerly known as "Government House". The architect was Major John Frederick Adolphus McNair. Within the same compound is Sri Temasek, one of several senior colonial officers' residences in the Istana previously assigned to the Colonial Secretary.Sir Harry's desire for a stately governor's residence arose from his dissatisfaction with the leased housing on Grange Hill and Leonie Hill that Governors had to make do with. An earlier governor's residence on Bukit Larangan (now Fort Canning), a flimsy timber structure, had been torn down to make way for the fort and was never replaced.
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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 »
  • We happened to be in Singapore on Labour Day public holiday, so what do you do?...you join a fair portion of the locals and head to the presidential palace and grounds. Lots of people in the queue but...  more »
  • I was disappointed that it was not possible for walk-up tourists to visit the Istana, so I had to make do with the newly-opened Istana Heritage Gallery located next to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. It ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Official Residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore. Open to visitors a few times in a year. The Istana greens is a good place for a family picnic.