Istana-"Crash"­ the PM's Residence

  • May 1, 2014 · 2:00 PM

Every year on May 1, the Prime Minister opens up the normally heavily guarded grounds of his residence/office, Istana. Let's drop in and pay him a visit, shall we?

 

The Istana is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore.  It occupies over 40 hectares of land along Orchard Road.  It is a precious and important part of Singapore's history and heritage, and has borne witness to Singapore's many historical milestones.

The Istana ground is open to the public five times a year in celebration of Chinese New Year; Deepavali; Hari Raya Puasa; Labour Day; and National Day.

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. 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.


 

 

see you o Thursday 2pm :)

 

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  • Karen T.

    Wow today I've missed out the fun with you guys , the first 4 photo was awesome ( jumping tgtr in group , Istana background) who took those photo ? Really

    1 · May 2, 2014

    • Amy C.

      Lbkpmpmpmlkonnnlmlpmllp.­ Pj

      June 24

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha how appropriate that the comment ended with pj (poor joke)!

      June 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi hi! I had so much fun and a few of you asked for my contact details! My number is[masked], I am Lachlan Cris Priest on Facebook - feel free to add me on that or WhatsApp!

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Martin H.

    Had a great time and met some cool new people. The breaking up into smaller groups was a brilliant idea, it allowed for the group to move through Istana much more efficiently and gave the event a more "personal" feel to it. So kudos to Zenos.

    4 · May 2, 2014

  • Zenos

    Sounds like there is a big group at the cuppage wine connection. See you guys there. :) http://goo.gl/maps/2pS80

    May 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it's pretty awesome & I must thanked the organizers for this rather upheaval task of organizing for such a large group.

      2 · May 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can't please everyone & if someone can't take any photos...it's not anyone's fault.

      May 1, 2014

  • Sankeshwari D.

    Had a great time and met some cool people:). Maybe a smaller group would be a better idea the next time around to avoid splitting up.

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was quite an experience checking out Istana, the group was probably too big to stick together! :)

    May 1, 2014

  • kuru

    Go to this event homw page and see the photos (just below the comments option)

    May 1, 2014

  • kuru

    Guys I uploaded few photos of today PM residence visit. It was a grate time. Looking forward to meet next time. I missed the beer. Hope you all having a nice time there. Cheers :)

    May 1, 2014

  • J_Kok

    Lost the group..opps

    May 1, 2014

    • Deb

      Where are you? We are outside PM bldng! Close to the band

      May 1, 2014

    • J_Kok

      It is ok.. walking out now..

      May 1, 2014

  • Michelle

    I'm going to Asian civilization museum. Nice to meet you guys today! Cheers!

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • kuru

    Had a nice time guys. i'll upload few photos here. cheers

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • AK

    Group 1 is heading to emerald hill. Join in

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Alexander K.

    What Molly Roffey at brass bashah

    May 1, 2014

  • Zenos

    Looks like The Dubliner is closed. Let's go to Emerald Hill instead!

    May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    U guys at dubliner yet?

    May 1, 2014

    • Zenos

      One group is heading to Dubliner now, a few more of us are still in the grounds.

      May 1, 2014

  • Zenos

    Hey all, after Istana let's meet at The Dubliner Singapore
    http://goo.gl/maps/UGP4M

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • kuru

    guys how we going to get together? couldn't find any signs of our group ya

    May 1, 2014

    • Zenos

      We're at the Starbucks, ground level, inside Plaza Singapura.

      May 1, 2014

  • kuru

    me too at front of starbucks but couldnt find ya. in wearing bluse tshirt and cap ;)

    May 1, 2014

  • Michelle

    We hve a big group in front of Starbucks now

    May 1, 2014

  • kuru

    couldnt find u guys any sign?

    May 1, 2014

    • Zenos

      I'm bringing the sign, there in 2 minutes.

      May 1, 2014

  • Shree R.

    Im here. Wearing a grey tshirt.

    May 1, 2014

  • Shree R.

    Im here. Wearing a grey tshirt.

    May 1, 2014

  • greg g.

    Cool , look fer yer

    May 1, 2014

  • J_Kok

    Am here too.. .. queuing for my cuppa

    May 1, 2014

  • greg g.

    I'm here , are y all meetin in front of starbucks

    May 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can't find u bro can u call me[masked]

      May 1, 2014

  • Sankeshwari D.

    On the way.. will be there in 15 max.. is there a group sign or something?

    May 1, 2014

  • Zenos

    Sorry guys, am running a tiny bit late. See you there in just a bit!

    May 1, 2014

    • Hillary G.

      Im abit later about 230. Can i have ur no to contact?

      May 1, 2014

    • Zenos

      Sure thing, just message me at[masked]

      May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone around here?? If so give me a call or sma

    May 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked]

      May 1, 2014

  • Vishal J.

    May need to skip this one because I can only show up at 3ish :( . Next time! :)

    May 1, 2014

  • Shalani L.

    Am here

    May 1, 2014

  • Jouise S.

    On the way

    May 1, 2014

  • kuru

    on the way

    May 1, 2014

  • greg g.

    On my way too

    May 1, 2014

  • Michelle

    On the way

    May 1, 2014

  • Meryll

    Feeling bad that I need to change my RSVP :( . Travel to Singapore has been moved. hope to see you people in the next meet up.

    April 24, 2014

    • J_Kok

      Dun worry meryll.. there r other chances..perhaps cny?

      May 1, 2014

  • Zenos

    Hey all, let's meet at Plaza Singapura, inside, in front of the Starbucks on the ground level. I'll have a meetup sign. There are lots of us, so we'll split up into groups to tour the residence. Please message me on my phone at [masked] if you can't find us. Really looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow!

    April 30, 2014

  • hyowon l.

    see you tmr

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • #jjhomemadecreations

    That's cool,used to drive by but never entered the premise,will check it out & at the same time,can check out my biz in JB.
    http://www.jjhomemade.com.my

    Cheers all.

    April 30, 2014

  • LY

    I live behind its park. Definitely in for a peek.

    April 29, 2014

  • Simon P.

    correction - its grounds.

    April 28, 2014

  • Simon P.

    FYI, the Prime Minister uses the Istana as his office, although it is officially the President's residence. The complex is large enough to accommodate both functions. In the early years of Singapore (as it probably still is now) the environment of the Istana - especially its ground - were considered best suited to hosting meetings with foreign dignitaries, and portray Singapore in the best possible way.

    April 28, 2014

  • Luke

    Istana is the residence of the President and not the Prime Minister. May want to glance through this first http://www.istana.gov.sg/content/istana/theistana/openhouse.html

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I always walk by here and want to go in.

    April 27, 2014

  • kuru

    waiting for join my first time :)

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested to find out what it's like inside the Istana!

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait to see it!

    April 23, 2014

  • Monica V

    I would like to join

    1 · April 20, 2014

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