Have you shaked hands with your country’s President? Do you even know where you country’s Presidential palace is? Ok for those who live under monarchies (albeit constitutional ones), this may not apply and we are not referring to these relics of institutions. Yes you can read from our language that we live the ideals of a republic free from privileges, accorded to people whose forebears hit ours with a club and subjucated them.
No. Indeed it is with pride we can say that it is here in the little red dot where a person with truly humble background can rise to potentially be our first woman President (elections in September). One who started life helping her parents’ pushcart in her youth, during the poverty stricken times of the little red dot in the 1960s eventually rising to become a lawyer and unionist.
Our little island has come a long way. Short perhaps in time span (52 years) but surely long from the perspective of tribulations along the way. Thus it is with great pleasure to share with you how the Presidential palace of our republic looks like – inside.
Did we get to meet Mr
Tony Tan President? Nope. Although he did appear later in the day to join in the festivities taking place within the palace. Yep, the palace turns into a playground for the public on the days it is open. Best of all, it is open to all visitors local or foreign (who have to pay though).
While it is not considered an attraction from our perspective, the days it is open will afford the opportunity to see and imagine how the founding fathers of this little island struggled to build an erstwhile miracle on an island with no resources. We enjoyed our day. It was hot and humid in the open grounds but the atmosphere more than made up for it.
What can you experience while at the Palace? Read more here in our Singapore story on the Istana! Have you shaken hands with your head of state before?