1 Feb (Sat): Istana Open House

The Istana grounds are open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year.

View the Istana gardens while a variety of performances on the grounds provide entertainment. You may also have the chance to have your photos taken with the President and First Lady when they come by to greet visitors.

Selected function rooms with displays of gifts presented to the President and Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries can be viewed for a fee of $2. All proceeds from entrance fees and the sale of Istana souvenirs will be donated to charity.

More details on the Istana website.

Time: 8.30am - 6pm
Venue: Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road.
Charges: Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Others, including foreign visitors, are charged $1 per person.
Website: http://www.istana.gov.sg/

Guided nature walks in Istana to be launched during every Open House
Leong Wai Kit Channel NewsAsia 28 Jan 14;

SINGAPORE: Nature lovers can now take a walk at the Istana and admire its flora and fauna at every Open House.

This is a tie-up collaboration between the National Parks Board and the President's Office.

The walk is organised for the public to better appreciate the greening and conservation efforts at the Istana.

The guided walk will include the Spice Terrace, Front Lawn, Queen Victoria Garden and the Villa.

Earlier Tuesday, President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan gave a preview of the guided tours to some 30 visitors including students from Cedar Primary School, Queenstown Primary School, Queenstown Secondary School and West Spring Secondary School, as well as beneficiaries from the Association of Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Centre for Adults Horticulture Programme.

Tickets to the tours are at S$4 for Singaporeans and S$10 for other visitors.

Proceeds from the tour will go to charity.

- CNA/fa