24 Oct‘22

Istana Open House for Deepavali 2022: Food Trucks, Indian Dance Performance and Arts & Crafts

Istana Open House 2023
Post Category - Arts + CultureArts + Culture

Monday, 24 October 2022, 8.30am to 6pm.

Exciting news peeps! The Deepavali Istana Open House 2022 will be held on Monday 24th October and is open to all visitors. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents enter for free. All other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per adult. Read more about what to expect at the Istana Open House here.

Istana Main Building Guided Tour:  9am to 2.30pm and 4.30pm to 5.00pm
Nature Guided Tour:  10am to 4pm. The programme and fees are listed in the tables below.

There will also be food trucks and merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. All fees collected and proceeds from the merchandise booths will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge.

Activities for Istana Open House for Deepavali 2022




Performances and Activity Booths

10.00am – 10.45am

Band Performance by Xinmin Secondary School

Main Tent

10.00am – 10.30am

Indian Dance Performance by Bowen Secondary School

Ceremonial Plaza

10.30am – 11.00am

Indian Dance Performance by Punggol Secondary School

Ceremonial Plaza

11.00am – 12.00pm

Dance Performance by NAFA School of Young Talents

Ceremonial Plaza

11.45am – 12.30pm

Band Performance by CHIJ Katong Convent

Main Tent

3.30pm – 4.00pm

Musical Performance by NAFA School of Young Talents

Main Building Reception Hall

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Indian Dance Performance by Clementi Town Secondary School

Ceremonial Plaza

8.30am – 6.00pm

Games Booth by Heartware Network

Centre Gate Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Art Carts and Activity Booths by National Gallery Singapore

Centre Gate Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Candle-Making Booth by Anaya Soul Retreat

Main Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Balloon Sculpting Booth by Singtel

Main Tent

Guided Tours (Starting point at booth near the Ceremonial Plaza)

9.00am – 2.30pm

4.30pm – 5.00pm

Istana Main Building Guided Tour by National Heritage Board

Main Building

10.00am – 4.00pm

Nature Guided Tour by NParks

Enhanced Japanese Garden and Inclusive Garden

Snacks and Merchandise

8.30am – 6.00pm

Halal Food Truck

Goodburger Food Truck

Near Main Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Udders Ice-Cream Booth

Main Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Drinks Booths

Main Tent, Centre Gate Tent, Main Building Tent

8.30am – 6.00pm

Istana and President’s Challenge Merchandise Booth

Main Tent

Admission to Istana Open House 2022

  • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents enter the Istana grounds for free as will children below 12 years old. Other visitors will pay a fee of $2 for admission.
  • There are also fees applicable for entry to the Istana Main Building, the Guided Tour and Nature Guided Tour.

General Istana Open House Info

The Istana is typically open to the public on five days during the year. Visitors can look forward to special performances, tour selected rooms in the Main Building or go on guided nature walks on the grounds. The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore Halima Yacob. Istana means “palace” in Malay, it is where the President receives and entertains state guests. The Istana is one impressive residence – it occupies over 40 hectares in Orchard Road. The Istana building was built by the British Colonial government in 1869 to house its governors.

Every year the Istana opens to the public during Chinese New Year, Labour Day, Hari Raya Puasa, National Day and Deepavali and if you get a chance to visit – it is worth a look around! The Istana stands on what used to be Charles Robert Prinsep’s nutmeg plantation, so it is a wonderfully landscaped green garden with a variety of flora and fauna. The Istana residence as well as the green garden and grounds is partially open to the public on Istana Open Days and we recommend keeping note of when you can visit to get a chance to peek into this beautiful slice of Singapore heritage.

Disclaimer: This is an external event not owned or managed by Sassy Mama. Always check with the organiser for changes or cancellations before heading down.

Image credit: Elisa.rolle via Wikimedia

Event Price

Adults: FREE for SG and PR / $2 Standard / Kids: Free

Event Location

The Istana
Orchard Road, Singapore 238823