Istana has been an important administrative site since it was first built in 1869. Once a nutmeg plantation, the neo-Palladian style buildings are a reminder of Singapore’s British influence and colonial past. Today, the large estate is popular with visitors who come to explore the gardens and tour the palace's interior on special open house days, including Chinese New Year, Labour Day, National Day, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali.
Visiting Istana Singapore
Entrance is free for Singapore residents while a modest fee is required from international visitors. When open to the public, a programme of special events typically take place throughout the grounds, including live performances and family play areas.
Hotels near Istana Singapore
Guests at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore are well placed to see the striking architecture of the Istana palace. Located along the bustling Orchard Road, Istana is also nearby several other popular attractions, including Fort Canning Park and the National Museum of Singapore.