50 Best Kept Secrets of the Istana
Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959.
The Istana celebrates its rich history, distinguished guests, interesting milestones and the thriving wildlife and plants of its domain in this Legacy Series.
Flora and Fauna
In Flora and Fauna, you’ll discover 50 little-known facts about the curious creatures to be found within its gardens, the great heritage trees that dot its landscape and conservation programmes that help keep the Istana domain well maintained into the future.
Flora and Fauna details the many plants and wildlife found in the Istana domain. As such, the photographs and illustrations of the Istana’s gardens and animals tell half the story in this engaging and visually-stunning read.
History and Heritage
In History and Heritage, you’ll discover 50 little-known facts about the place known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959.
Using archival research surrounding the history of Singapore from its colonial days to 1959, this book aims to present the country’s past through a gentle and at times humorous narrative. Less like a textbook and more of a companion read to a heritage walk, readers will find the historical facts in this book easy to follow and remember.
People and Places
In People and Places, learn about the landmarks within the Istana domain, rooms inside the Main Building, as well as the staff members and honourable visitors who have left indelible marks at the Istana.
Structured as a general knowledge guide to the Istana, People and Places has a contemporary narrative mirroring the time period covered by the book (1959 to today), with a focus on the rooms and landmarks of the domain, distinguished guests who have visited and outstanding staff members who maintain the domain. Complementing this book is an illustrated gatefold map that readers can use to explore areas of the Istana that are open to the public during Open House days.
ISBN: 9789811417894 (Flora and Fauna), 9789811417870 (History and Heritage), 9789811417887 (People and Places)
Size: 210mm x 140mm
Published: July 2019
Publisher: The Istana