Performances and tours at Istana open house this Deepavali

Performances and tours at Istana open house this Deepavali

SINGAPORE - The Istana grounds will once again be open to the public this Deepavali on Nov 10 from 8.30am to 6pm.

Besides balloon sculpting and face-painting, dance and musical performances will be put up by volunteers from PAssionArt, PA Talents and Shuqun Secondary School. Wildlife Reserves Singapore will also be putting up a display of snakes, the President's Office said in a statement on Friday (Nov 6).

Nature lovers can sign up for the guided walks at the Istana, which is a collaboration between the President's Office and the National Parks Board showcasing the site's flora, fauna and biodiversity.

There will also be guided tours of the Istana main building led by volunteers from the National Heritage Board, showcasing selected function rooms and gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries.

Alternatively, visitors can download the "Istana Garden Walk" mobile application and head on for a self-guided tour.

Entry to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. All other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person.

Visitors can enter the Istana grounds via the main gate at Orchard Road, and last entry is at 5pm.

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