The Istana, which means “palace”, is one of the important landmarks in Singapore as it is the official residence of the President and the working office of the Prime Minister. It is close to the public on most days and is only open for people on public holidays such as follows:
- Chinese New Year
- Labour Day
- Hari Raya Puasa
- National Day
There is a $2 admission fee for foreigners and $4 additional fee to be able to view the function rooms of The Istana such as the Reception Room and the State Room. You will also have the chance to see all the gifts that was given to the President by other countries. However, just do take note that photography inside the building is not allowed.
Singaporean citizens and permanent residents have free entrance to the Istana and an additional $2 fee to see the selected function rooms.