Istana Singapore | The Core of Singapore’s Government, Its Beauty and Pleasure


The ISTANA is considered to be the “white house” of Singapore. Istana came from the Malay dialect, which means “fortress “or “castle.” Situated on an old nutmeg plantation, this is where the head of the British Crown resided in the late 1800s before it was turned over to the Singapore government in the mid 1900s.This is where the president caters to every head of state for visiting; it is the venue for state and government meetings.  At present, it is open for public viewing and for guests to experience walking in the open chattels of the fort.

Others, especially in the British colonial period, described the palace as a perfect place to live in, breezy and well-ventilated, possessing stunning sights of the ground and the deep, and foretastes of the urban and channeling through the trees. With its twilight mist or the morning haze soften the draw rounds of the undulations, pack each modest valley, and convey out the volumes of dark trees, rising aligned with the horizon, it would be difficult to unearth a more perfect portrait of restfulness in a richer backdrop.


The ISTANA was constructed in 1867, and was finished in the late 1869.

The building was extensively renovated between 1996 and 1998 to add more space and modern day conveniences. The building today has six function rooms used for ceremonial and entertainment purposes. The offices of the President and his staff are also located within the building.


The first occupants landed on this elegant mansion in the year 1869, each and every head of the states of the British Crown has set foot on this remarkable memorial. Experiencing the elegance and classy living in the heart of the city was never a regret to those pioneers. At present, the president of Singapore is the formal settler of this edifice.

But in the early 1900s, it is under the Japanese occupancy, particularly from 1942 to 1945. No president has nestled in Singapore’s Palace since 1959.


The Singapore’s “white house” has laid  like a total of 21 types of governance (1869-1958), two terms of Yang di-Pertuan Negara (1959-1965) and six terms of Presidential occupation (since 1965), not to mention the Japanese occupancy between 1942 and 1945. And two decades after the liberation is the time when the presidents of the country formally nestled in.


From the early years of the occupation of the British Colony, they got their inspiration with regard to the design in the Asian architecture. Vintage in approach, with the wide array of Victorian Renaissance to the uncomplicated Roman standard with touches of Malay, blended with Gothic and other influences. But the majority of the design mirrored in the structure is Chinese Architecture. The Istana is certainly an impressive edifice. The structure itself has 3-storey component as primary, with its secondary wings on the side manifesting the beauty of Corinthian design with a touch of Ionic and Doric as well. The grounds lie at an elevated outline, surrounding a resemblance of EuropeanGardens.

Visit this historical landmark in the country of Singapore. It is open to the public and this place is the perfect spot to touch Singapore’s history and governance. Saunter the palace’s horizon and be astonished by the gardens where the administrators of the Singapore Botanic Gardens have specially planted most of the exceptional plant life. Spread your picnic carpet, snoop to the marching symphony of the brass bands and immerse up the lively ambiance. Now, you can mix pleasure with business, studying the country’s legislative edifice with a mix of delight and satisfaction.

Photo Credit: Choo Yut Shing

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