Istana Open House to be held on July 17 in celebration of National Day with live performances, activities
SINGAPORE – For the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be live performances and activity booths at the upcoming Istana open house, which will be held on Sunday (July 17).
The Istana grounds will be open to the public from 9am to 6pm in celebration of National Day, the President’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday (July 12).
Visitors can look forward to music and dance performances by Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, Chung Cheng High School (Main), Raffles Girls’ School, and Seng Kang Secondary School.
Booths will be set up, offering activities ranging from sports and carnival games to arts and crafts, such as balloon sculpting.
There will also be food trucks and merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana and President’s Challenge souvenirs such as caps, mugs and notebooks.
Visitors can also sign up for guided tours, including a nature walk organised by NParks and a tour of the main building by the National Heritage Board. Visitors can also opt to go on a self-guided tour.
Guided tours for both the nature walk and the building will cost $2 for all children between four and 12 years old. Adult Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) will be charged $4, while other adult visitors will be charged $10.
Tours of the main building will take place every 45 minutes from 9.30am to 4.15pm and are limited to 15 visitors per group. Nature walks are limited to 15 visitors per group and will take place every hour from 10am to 4pm.
Unguided tours will cost $2 for all children aged between four and 12, and adult Singaporeans and PRs. Other adult visitors will be charged $4.
Entry to the Istana grounds is free for all children aged 12 and under, as well as adult Singaporeans and PRs. Other visitors can enter for a fee of $2 per person.
Entry will be through the main gate at Orchard Road, near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted for admission, tours and purchases.
Fees and proceeds collected will be donated to charity.