Istana Park, Singapore's premier park, offers a number of unique features not found in other parks on the island. The Festival Arch is the centrepiece of this park. A 26m long arch rising from a rectangular reflecting pool with slow, flowing water. Standing at a height of four storeys and flying banners and flags during National Day. It is designed to symbolise the gateposts and railings at the Istana Entrance, and it enhances the visual link across Orchard Road. The Festival Arch is a landmark marking the gateway to the Civic District. The tropical greenery of trees, palms and shrubs will provide a regal ambience to the Istana Park and create an identity gateway to the Civic District. Fronting the main Istana Gate, the park provides a vantage point for people keen to view the monthly changing of guards ceremony at the Istana. In the evening, the park is transformed into an oasis of light. It is one of the venues identified for the enhanced lighting under the Urban Redevelopment Authority lighting masterplan.
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Get away from it all in the middle of it all
Slapped bang in the centre of Orchard Road, you would expect this to be a ho hum affair. Perhaps it is the location opposite the entrance to the Presidential Palace that means it gets special attention.
I am sure that is a small factor, but even if that is not the case, it is a lovely place. Fountains, arches, a lovely and wide variety of plants, mood lighting in the evening: all combine to make the Istana Park a haven for those who think Orchard Road is just for shopping.
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For a breath of fresh air
I frequent this park after a nice dinner which often comes after a good shopping spree in the Orchard Road district.
A walk in this park is nice, it is quiet so it is very romantic, it is also a good way to digest a heavy meal. However, especially later in the night, the park can get a little too quiet with a few couples here and there. And some of the couples would proceed to engage in activities that I would rather they carry out in more private areas. But aside from that, this is a nice park situated in the middle of a bustling city although it is definitely no Central Park.
Slippers and sneakers recommended! Anything frictionally flat!
I was clad in high heels when I was a percussionist player. I was required to perform at the Istana Park several years ago. I had to juggle my equilibrium with the weight of the percussion instruments that we were straddled with. It was definitely a struggle! The percussion instruments were no feather. It weight tons of kilograms! My heels threatened to unbuckle whenever I transported the bass drums and cymbals to and fro.
Why didn't anyone warn us that the Istana Park was constructed in a way that mimicked golf courses? The grass that carpeted the venue meandered up and down carving itself into an ocean of mini and massive hills. This venue is totally not heels friendly for those who had to perform with gigantic instruments. However, apart from the venue being not so heel-friendly, it was actually rather scenic! The infrastructure of the Istana and the wide scaled grass that yawned before me was indeed majestic. We even abandoned the instruments after the performance, just to explore every nook and crannies of the Istana! Marvelous!
Good meeting place!
In the midst of the busy city, there is Istana park located right smack in the middle of dhoby ghaut. It is definitely one of the places that i love to hang out with my friends on weekends, as it is a park where there is some free space for some of our more active games!
I remember when i went to the park, there is a pavilion for my friends and i to play some "running man" style games! However, the park is too small to really do anything larger scale. Also, there is a pond that but it is not really well maintained.
A good meeting point if you want to enjoy a bit of the park atmosphere amidst the buzzing city.
Skateboarding kids on the president's lawn
I had always thought this small open space as just another landscaping, albeit a more elaborate one than usual. So I didn't realise this was actually a park until I saw the signboard itself when I happened to be there.
I was waiting for one of my friends and because I loathe the crowd at PS, I decided to wait in this nice little garden instead. Strolling through it's relative tranquility as compared to the horror scene opposite the road, I saw that this park was home to skateboarders and couples, both of whom stayed outta each others' way most of the time. Crashing into couples following a failed stunt have a way of ruining romantic moments.
I wasn't at the magic hour to catch the guard changing parade ceremony, so this small park doesn't hold any special experience for me. However, it serves well as a respite before one have to face the crowds at PS, plus it's presidential, with the big man himself living just across the street. So I'm gonna give it 4 stars. Have to give the president some credit, if nothing else.
I love the Istana Park
It is where I bring all my Plaza Sing basement food to.
It'd usually be around 7pm and I'm much too indecisive to settle on a place for an actual dinner so I'd have dragged my dining partner for the day around buying little food and drinks and we'd have absolutely no idea where to consume our make-shift dinner. And this beautiful park will come into our minds like a dying butterfly.
I do not understand why I said that but nonetheless, we'd walk over and have our meal like a picnic. Our food will be on their polished seats and we'd watch skates and skateboarders do their thing (which is lame tricks and falling over) and catch the night at its glory.
There will be a breeze and it'd make the night too romantic for a moment and we would awkwardly wait for the moment to pass. Then we'd eat again.
Well that's Istana Park to me. A food place I guess.
Nothing much, but beautiful photography effects.
The Istana Park has a large shallow reflecting pool, probably the first of its kind in Singapore. This pool makes for excellent photography opportunities. Additionally, every evening, the park is transformed into an "oasis of light" where the lighting at the park combine beautifully to shroud the park itself in a curtain of light.
Other than the above reasons, I usually do not visit the park as it's usually very hot and dry, due to it being out in the open. there is also nothing much to see or do around the park as well. To me, it's just a glorified walkway.
Just a walkway.
Istana Park is probably one of the few parks in Singapore that does not have an open space, instead what it has is the structure with a store or a pub above it. I have never really been to that structure, so it is till now still a mystery of how good it looks.
However, Istana Park as the name suggest is just opposite Istana, and it is indeed a good place for view the change of guard ceremony at the Istana. It is possible to get a wider view since you are standing further away, and a high point is preferred, since they are so many cars.
Other that that, Istana Park is a very quiet place. The park is mostly utilised by foreign workers during the weekends, as a place for picnic and chit chat. On weekdays, maybe some couples would be there in some dark corner. I remember I walked by the Park at night once, and the police would doing some ID checks on a couple that was there.
Besides that, I don't have much of an impression of Istana park, as it is just simply a way to cut from Plaza Sing to Regency House, nothing more.
A beautiful park in the midst of the city. Isn't that great?
Located along the busy and metropolitan Orchard Road, Istana Park offers a great green scenery for the passers by. As you explore the park, you would find little ponds and concrete seats by the side of the ponds.
Istana Park is usually crowded by the visitors during weekends and holidays. The park serves many functions including school activities, media activities (shooting of film), public activities, and even for research function. You would be surprised by a wide variety of plant species that makes this park their habitat.
Anyone who resides nearby Istana Park can make this park their jogging destination. Having a park in the midst of the town is definitely beneficial for everyone.
Restaurants and Cafe providing indoor and al fresco dining are available for the visitors who need to satisfy their hunger while exploring this beautiful park.
Istana Park is absolutely a perfect place for family hangout. Do remember not to litter so we can also do our part to preserve this beautiful park.
Get in touch with Mother nature
Hidden within the bustling on-goings of Orchard Road, is a little park which I don’t think many are aware of or have visited before. I just discovered it with the help of my boy recently as well. It was a sunny afternoon and we had been walking all over town, from beyond orchard till Dhoby Ghaut. Totally parched due to the weather, we got a couple of drinks from the convenient store, Cheers. All we needed was a place to rest our feet and just sit around for a while.
We were wandering around aimlessly, but still tried to find somewhere to sit, outdoors without all the busy hustling and bustling of shoppers. While at a junction, waiting for the traffic light to turn green, we saw the Istana Park. My boy decided that it would be a nice place to sit and relax. There were many couples sitting and just chit-chatting around the park. Some people were with their pets too. We sit and chat till about evening.
It is comforting to know that there is a park in the midst of the busy life in Orchard. The Istana Park is a great place to get in touch with Mother Nature.