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 Istana Main Building

The Istana building is sited on top of a hill. The Istana is similar in architecture to many 18th Century neo-Palladian style buildings designed by British military engineers in India. It had a tropical layout like a Malay House, surrounded by verandahs, louvred windows and panelled doors, to promote cross ventilation, and an airy and cool interior.

Sri Temasek

The Sri Temasek is a typical 19th century bungalow. Built in 1869, it was the Colonial Secretary's residence. It was designated as the Prime Minister's official residence after Singapore became an independent nation.


The Villa, built in 1908, was used to accommodate state visitors in the earlier days of Singapore's independence, until end 1984. Among its many illustrious guests were Premier Deng Xiaoping of the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Prime Minister Elliot Trudeau of Canada.

Military Guardroom

The Military Guard Room, a small building sited along the inward road after the Centre Gate, was built in the early 1900s. Its facade consists of an arcade of five arches characteristic of the "hexastyle" architecture. It is used by the ceremonial guards when not performing sentry duties.

1) The Swan Pond
2) The Grove
3) The Centre Gate
4) Japanese Garden
5) The Gun Terrace
6) The Spice Terrace
7) The Lawn
8) Queen Victoria Statue

Opening hours: 8.30am to 6.00pm

Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents.
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person.

Istana Open House:

The Istana grounds is open to the public in celebration of:

- Chinese New Year (2nd Day)
-Labour Day (Actual Day)
-National Day
-Hari Raya Puasa

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House.

For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building.

Orchard Road Singapore 238823

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