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Guided nature tours at the Istana sold out during Chinese New Year open house

Published on Feb 1, 2014 8:14 PM
 

The first-ever guided nature tours during the Istana open house, which started on Saturday, were sold out.

All 14 tours, each with an average of 12 visitors, were taken up for the Chinese New Year open house on Saturday.

Ms Goh Yinyin, 45, was on the last tour of the day with her parents, who decided to take a day off from the Chinese New Year festivities for a walk around the Istana - open to the public only four times a year. "It was such a surprise to see an oasis in the middle of the city," said Ms Goh, who is self-employed. "And I learned a lot. I never knew Tampines was named after a tree."

About 14 volunteer guides trained by the National Parks Board (NParks) led the tours, which was a new initiative by the President's Office and NParks.

The Istana grounds will be opened to the public on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, from 8.30am to 6.00pm, in celebration of Chinese New Year. The first-ever guided nature tours during the Istana open house, which started on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, were sold out. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
 
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