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The Istana Tours

The Istana
The Istana is Singapore’s version of the White House, the official residence of the President and a site of great historical significance. In 1867, Singapore’s colonial governor Sir Harry Saint George Ord ordered the construction of a neo-Palladian structure to replace the original governors’ mansion that was demolished several years prior.

The plans for the building were thought by many to be too expensive and extravagant, but the mansion was erected and completed after two years in 1869, just in time to impress the visiting Duke of Edinburgh. When Singapore began self-governing in 1959, the then-named Government House was handed over and renamed the Istana, the Malay word for “palace.” While considered the official residence of the president, the Istana is primarily used for ceremonies and official functions.

The Istana only opens to the public on a handful of holidays spread throughout the year, and non-Singaporeans must pay a small entrance fee. If you plan to visit during an open house, remember to bring along your passport.
Address: Istana, Singapore
Hours: Open: Chinese New Year (2/11/13), Labour Day (5/1/13), National Day & Hari Raya Puasa (8/4/2013), Deepavali (11/2/2013). Hours: 8:30am - 6pm.
Admission: Adult: S$1
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Vibrant Private Kampong Glam Tour: Street Art & History Tour

Vibrant Private Kampong Glam Tour: Street Art & History Tour

Want to explore the local side of Singapore’s Kampong Glam neighborhood? Join a local and explore this colorful and cultural district. From a historic cemetery to charming city streets full of character, your friendly host knows all the unmissable spots. Start your experience with an architectural gem. The Masjid Hajjah Fatimah mosque is a beautiful blend of local and European building styles. Your local host will explain why this structure was once known as “The Leaning Tower of Singapore”. Weave your way through some of Singapore’s oldest and narrowest city streets where you will find plenty of knickknacks, back-street barbers and even live chickens! Take in the sights and smells of Bassorah Street, a vibrant lane filled with perfume stores. Then discover the beautiful arches and mosaic art of another of Kampong Glams’s buzzing roads. Fall in love with street art on a street covered in colorful murals, before visiting a square that looks like it comes straight out of a movie.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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What are The Istana hours of operation?
The Istana hours of operation: Open: Chinese New Year (2/11/13), Labour Day (5/1/13), National Day & Hari Raya Puasa (8/4/2013), Deepavali (11/2/2013). Hours: 8:30am - 6pm.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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