Istana open house on Nov 12 to celebrate Deepavali
The Istana will be opened to the public from 8.30am to 6pm on Nov 12 in celebration of Deepavali.
Visitors can look forward to enjoying instrument, dance and band performances by students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, St Margaret’s School, Yishun Secondary School and Bukit Timah Primary School.
The Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society and Team Fusion will also be performing.
Local award-winning flautists Ghanavenothan Retnam and Tan Qing Lun will showcase a fusion of Indian and Chinese classical music.
Visitors will be able to participate in activities such as henna art, candle making and balloon sculpting.
Food stalls, a food truck and merchandise booths with limited-edition souvenirs will be on the grounds.
Visitors can join guided tours of the main building, where they will be able to view selected rooms and take closer looks at state gifts presented to Singapore leaders, from 9.30am to 5pm.
Guided tours of the grounds showcasing Istana’s flora and fauna will be conducted from 10am to 4pm, though visitors can opt to wander and take the scenic views in on their own.
This will be the first open house at the Istana under President Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Entry is free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
Other visiting adults are required to pay an entrance fee of $10 per person. Children aged four to 12 will be charged $2 to enter.
All proceeds from the entry tickets, tours and booths will go towards charities supported by the President’s Challenge. Only cashless payments via credit and debit card or QR Code are accepted.
Entry may be restricted due to bad weather or capacity.
The public can enter the Istana grounds via its main gate at Orchard Road, with Dhoby Ghaut being the nearest MRT station.