New app by Temasek Poly students gives Istana visitors a look at building's history

Visitors throng the Istana grounds during the open house on Feb 11, 2013. Visitors to the Istana will now be able to get a more in-depth understanding of the building and its grounds by downloading a new smartphone app. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIA
Visitors throng the Istana grounds during the open house on Feb 11, 2013. Visitors to the Istana will now be able to get a more in-depth understanding of the building and its grounds by downloading a new smartphone app. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Visitors to the Istana will now be able to get a more in-depth understanding of the building and its grounds by downloading a new smartphone app.

Called the Istana Garden Walk, the app allows users to scan QR codes at areas of interest to find out more about their history. There are 12 such locations, including the swan lake, centre gate, and main building.

The app was created as a final-year-project by seven students from Temasek Polytechnic's School of Informations and IT, and launched at the Istana's open house on Sunday morning.