Completed in 1869, this Malay-Indian hybrid building was once the Government House of the colony of Singapore, before being repurposed on independence as the official residence of the President. The 100-acre grounds occupy some of Singapore's choicest real estate and incorporate several gardens and even a 9-hole golf course. There is a Change of guard ceremony every first Sunday of the month. The Istana is open to the public on only five days a year: Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day and National Day.
Nearest Transit: Somerset (Line: North South Line)
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Istana and Nearby Attractions on Map
S.E.A. Aquarium(0.6 km)
The largest oceanarium in the world.
Singapore's official symbol, 8.
Sands SkyPark(2.5 km)
Singapore's single most dramatic landmark, the SkyPark defies gravity, perched 55 stories above the ground like a surfboard on top of the three hotel towers.
Singapore City Gallery(2.2 km)
3-storey visitor gallery with large scaled models of the entire country (ground floor) as well as the city centre (incredibly life-like), which provide good orientation of the country for first-timers.
Thian Hock Keng Temple(2.1 km)
The oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, dating back to 1821, although the structure was thoroughly refurbished in 2000.
Chinatown Heritage Centre(1.7 km)
An excellent museum chronicling how Chinatown came to be and the privation suffered by early migrants.
1-Altitude Viewing Gallery(1.8 km)
Viewing gallery opened in 2010 at the rooftop of OUB Centre offers an unparalleled 360-degree view of Singapore from the highest point in the city-state at 282 metres.
Battle Box(0.5 km)
The former HQ of the British army during World War 2, now turned into an air-conditioned museum complete with animatronic figures retelling the events of the days before surrender.
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