Sunday, July 26, 2009


Singapore's first colonial governor commissioned the Istana building which is in the neo-Palladian style and completed in 1869. The Istana is today the official residence of the President of Singapore. It is where the President receives and entertains state guests and where ceremonial presentations take place. In reality, no president has resided there since 1959. Our current president stays somewhere in the East.
Members of the public, including foreigners, may visit the Istana grounds on special occasions. The dates of the next Istana Open Houses are 2 August 2009 (in celebration of National Day), 21 September 2009 (in celebration of Hari Raya Puasa) and 18 October 2009 (in celebration of Deepavali). Expect to go through security checks at the entrance at Orchard Road.

The sprawling lawn of the Istana is akin to a public park with lily ponds and filled with interesting species of flora. The experience is somewhat like walking in the Singapore Botanical Gardens. A feeling of serenity and community with nature. There are some ancilliary buildings and a point of interest is the display of the Japanese Gun, presented to Lord Mountbatten after the Japanese surrender in 1945.
An artist drawing his impression of the Istana within its grounds.

That's my World


  1. That's a great coverage of the Istana. I've never seen its grounds before. And seldom do I see an artist painting or drawing on the streets in Singapore. Great shot! Love it.

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  2. Great post! Marvelous photos and very interesting history! That's one thing I love about this meme, learning about "other" worlds! I love the guy painting there.

    Have a great week!

  3. wow you captured a great artist at work. i enjoyed the tour.

  4. a lovely presidential palace and grounds...a shame that the president does not reside there.
    thanks for sharing its history with us.

  5. Nice to see the Istana. The last time I went there was when I was a

  6. This is new to me and that is the charm of this great meme. Interesting post with lovely pictures.

  7. Thanks for sharing a bit of your part of the world! It's wonderful to see.

  8. Beautiful Istana ground shots and your report.
    Thanks for share them.

  9. Thank you for the tour, I remember this from the sixties when there was no massive security.

  10. neat capture of the artist at work!

  11. It's nice to be in Singapore, but it's so expensive for us to be there.

  12. LOVE the artist in the park! What a FUN thing to do!


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