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50 Best Kept Secrets of the Istana: People and Places

Publisher: Epigram Books , The Istana
  • Description
  • About the Author & Illustrator
  • Who were the people who lived and worked at the Istana? In this book, you will find 50 little-known facts about the Istana's rich history, the distinguished guests who visited, the landmarks within the Istana grounds, the rooms, as well as the staff members who have left indelible marks at the Istana.

    People and Places focuses on the rooms and landmarks of the Istana, as well as the distinguished guests and world leaders who have visited, and outstanding staff members who maintain the buildings and the grounds. For example, did you know that only two rooms in the Istana are named after Singapore's Presidents? Or that the changing of the guard ceremony is more than 60 years old? (The gates themselves are nearly 90 years old!) Or that some students get to go to the Istana once a year to do chores. Also included 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.

  • Wong Sher Maine is a Singapore-based freelance writer with 19 years of writing experience. Previously a journalist from The Straits Times, she loves meeting people and telling stories, and specialises in bringing out the human-interest aspects of typically “hard” subjects like policy, business, technology and science. She hopes you have as much fun reading this Istana book as she had writing it.

    Born in Malaysia and currently based in Singapore, Sokkuan Tye now works as an illustrator after leaving her position as art director at Ogilvy & Mather (a multi-national advertising agency) in 2005. Her illustrations have been used by global brands like Coca-Cola, Heineken, Kao, Listerine, Levi’s, Motorola, Panteneand Pepsi.

ISBN: 9789811417887
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 80
Year Published: 2019
Size: 210mm x 140mm