Hey everyone! To continue our seemingly incessant run of visiting iconic Singapore landmarks (you can check out some of our previous entries here, here and here), this week we share about Singapore’s best guarded residential estate, the Istana!
The Istana’s historical roots go way back to the mid 1800s, when the British colonial government built a mansion for the British governor of Singapore. It was occupied by the Japanese during WWII and following their surrender, the Istana remained the official residence for heads of state (although since Singapore’s independence no one really stayed there!)
The Istana Open house (as it is termed) is open during certain public holidays, and during Labour Day, we (along with our friend Sarah) decided to check it out! Apart from walking sections of the grounds and taking photos everywhere, there were a variety of performances, exhibitions and show fairs specially set up for the occasion. Although it was a hot and sunny day (sunblock and much water is advised), it was also a great day out for families and friends alike, with much to do and much to see. That being said, check out our adventure below!
As always our trusty InstantFlex TL70 by MiNT was on the ready to capture what Istana has to offer!
It was quite a warm day at the Istana, but nevertheless, we are grateful for the opportunities to explore the premises! There were many booths filled with fun activities that we got to try; not to mention the beautiful flowers!
We encourage everyone to visit the Istana whenever it is open to the public! Let us know if you have noticed anything different from what we saw.