Istana opens its doors to thousands on Labour Day

Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors at the Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan meet Madam Leow Jee Mua, 72 who was on a wheelchair at Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan meet Madam Leow Jee Mua, 72 who was on a wheelchair at Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan at Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan at Istana Open House for Labour Day. On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

On Labour Day, the Istana opened its doors to about 15,000 members of the public, between 8.30am to 6pm.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary were first welcomed with a performance by Malay traditional percussion band NADI Singapura.

This was followed by a dance and 'cheerobics' performance by the NTUC Club U-Live for 'active aging' seniors aged 55 and up.

They were also treated to a performance by the River Valley High School concert band.

Members of the public could also see Falabella miniature horses from the Singapore Zoo, take a guided tour of the Istana Building, or go on a nature walk to spot kingfishers, hornbills, trees and plants on the Istana grounds.