11 photos show the amazing light show at the Istana’s 150th anniversary party

Over 2,000 people attended the finale of the year-long commemoration, which is the first time the Istana opened it’s doors to the public after sunset.
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Historic scenes and vivid colours lit up the Istana on Sunday (Oct 6) night as they told the history of the 150-year-old building.

The lightshow was the highlight of the Istana 150 Commemorative Event, which is the first time the building opened it’s doors to the public after sunset.

Over 2,000 people attended the finale of the year-long commemoration, which was hosted by President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee.

Former president Tony Tan and his wife Mary were also present, as were Puan Noor Aishah, the wife of first president Yusof Ishak, and Urmila Nathan, the wife of former president S. R. Nathan.

There was also a series of live performances by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and other home-grown talents like Clement Chow, Rahimah Rahim, and MICapella.

According to The President’s Office, tickets to yesterday’s events were sold out a mere six hours after their release on Sept 13. All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to charity through the President’s Challenge.

Additionally, the Istana saw a record visitor-ship of 90,000 people over the span of the past five Istana open house events this year, a 30 per cent increase from past years.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who attended the event, described it as “a very special evening”.

“The world will probably look quite different by the time the Istana next celebrates its next major milestone, but I am confident that Singapore will persevere and progress,” he added.

Here are 11 photos, including some taken by the PM, that show how spectacular the Istana looked on Sunday night.


As twilight came, the facade of the building lit up with historic scenes.

Originally, known as Government House after it’s completion in 1869, the Istana got it’s current name in 1965, when Singapore gained independence.

The building has hosted many different delegates from near and far, and has been the site of many historic moments and engagements.

 The “Istana 150” commemoration looked at how the Istana has been a part of the Singapore story.

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The scenes depicted the rich history of the building.
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 The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Military Police Command had a live performance too, accompanied by a backdrop of the Singapore Flag.

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The performance had a lot of flair.
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The military police of the past was also put on display.

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There were patriotic scenes, such as this one of the banners that can be seen in Istana Park and throughout the country.

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It was a lit night.
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The building was lit up by vivid colours and designs that illustrate the building’s heritage, such as this one pictured, to represent Singapore’s multicultural society.

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Looks like a design you would see on stained glass, or one you could find printed on an Indian carpet.
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There were also decorative and colourful scenes, like this stunning floral display.

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A myriad of flowers.
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And this one too.

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A close-up of the lightshow.
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The lightshow could be seen shining vibrantly in the night, even from far away.

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Many visitors had their handphones out, snapping pictures of the show.
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Of course, there was a fireworks display to end it all off.

The twist however, was that this display came in the form of a lightshow as well – which looked just as stunning.

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The Istana blended in with the night sky to make the fireworks look even more realistic.
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At one point, the aquamarine fireworks made it look like the building was a beautiful icy mansion.

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Absolutely gorgeous.
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Today, the Istana will go back to looking like how it does normally. Which leaves us to wonder – when will the next lightshow be?

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Back to being serious-looking.
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