Istana opens doors to public on second day of Chinese New Year

SINGAPORE - The Istana played host to more than 19,000 guests as it opened its grounds to visitors on Tuesday (Feb 9), the second day of the Chinese New Year public holiday.

The intermittent rain did not deter the crowds who had gathered for the chance to tour the grounds.

They were treated to performances by the Suzhou Performing Arts Group's Chinese Acrobatics team as well as the Shan Long Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe.

Visitors also had the opportunity to take a guided tour to learn more about the Istana's flora and fauna, explore the main building to view function rooms and gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries.

The Istana Lawn, however, was closed to visitors because of renovation works that are expected to be completed at the end of this year.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife, Mrs Mary Tan, joined in the festivities as they met visitors and caught performances.