18 Oct '13, 8am

Ever been to the #Istana in #Singapore? #sgproperty #property #propertyguru #lifestyle pls

Ever been to the #Istana in #Singapore? #sgproperty #property #propertyguru #lifestyle pls

Credit: Icemoon Would you believe that when it was built in 1869, The Istana, then known as the Government House, was as unpopular as the man - Governor Henry Ord - that lived within its ivory walls? When it was built, the final audit of the Government House was found to be $185,094.44. This was a very large sum of money back then and was largely what made Henry Ord an unpopular person during and after the construction of the residence. Yet, with time and loving hands, the Istana managed to shed its austere and poor image to become an important part of the burgeoning community in Singapore throughout the late 1800s. These days, it stands undisturbed on a massive plot of land opened to the public only on a few special occasions such as National Day, Deepavali, Chinese New Year and Hari Raya. When it's not available for visitors, what goes on behind those high ivory gates th...

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