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Istana, Singapore

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The Istana Park is a park in Singapore, located in the Museum Planning Area within the Central Area, Singapore's central business district. The park is bounded by Orchard Road, Penang Road, Penang Lane and Buyong Road.
The park is a landmark situated in front of the Presidential Residence, the Istana. It has an area of 13,000 square metres. The Istana Park serves as a gateway to Singapore's Civic District Trail, which aims to educate visitors of the rich history of Singapore.
The Istana Park was completed in 1995. It was designed and built as an extension to the main entrance of the Istana. The Istana, located across the road, Orchard Road, from the park, is the official residence of the President of Singapore.
The centrepiece of the park is the 26 metre high Festival Arch rising out of a shallow reflecting pool. The design of the stainless steel and concrete structure was inspired by the gateposts and railings at the Istana's entrance. The Festival Arch forms the gateway to Singapore's Civic District, the cultural and historic heart of the city. The arch enhances the visual link across Orchard Road.
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  • I came here on a number of occasions to attend the Chinese New Year dinner invited by the Prime Minister. This is the first time I came here for a National Day Dinner invited by the President. It...  more »
  • Always thought we lacked land in Singapore until we visited the Istana on Hari Raya Puasa when the vast gardens took one's breath away, much like another Botanical Gardens down to the beautiful pair.....  more »
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  • If you happen to be in Singapore during the public holiday, you should come and check out this place. The next opening is on 1 May 19. I went there during the Chinese New Year holiday and queue for about 1 hour to enter. There is separate (express) queue for older ppl, parent with kids, etc. Come early so that you get a chance to enter the Istana building (you have to buy separate ticket to enter, buy before 5 pm at the latest).
  • You must be fortunate on visiting this place only on national holidays since it opens only 4 days in a year. Next opening 1st may 2019
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