Saturday, December 19, 2015

Istana: Our Istana Through the Years

Publication: Istana's SG50 Commemorative Book
Date: 2015
Title: Our Istana Through the Years

Description: The Istana (Malay for palace) is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. This book was commissioned by the President in line with Singapore's 50th birthday celebration in 2015.

It is a 213-page coffeetable book which documents the history of the Istana in parallel with the growth of Singapore, via photographs and personal perspectives from people who have passed through its gates. 

Interviewees include Singapore's first First Lady, Puan Noor Aishah, long-time staff of the Istana who were born on its grounds, and guests who came away with fond memories of the President and his "palace".

The author and her three children at the book launch on 8 December 2015 with
(top, from L-R) Puan Noor Aishah, Mrs Mary Tan and President Tony Tan 
(Following excerpts showcase all five chapters of the book. The book is also available for download here)

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