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First virtual Istana open house, with cheese plate as host

First virtual Istana open house, with cheese plate as host

3/8/2020 8:46:00 AM

First virtual Istana open house, with cheese plate as host

Guests of the first virtual National Day Istana Open House were treated to little nuggets of history on one of Singapore's oldest heritage sites yesterday, with a 'speaking' cheese plate as their host. This is no ordinary plate - the Government House property was believed...

EngagementsGuests of the first virtual National Day Istana Open House were treated to little nuggets of history on one of Singapore's oldest heritage sites yesterday, with a"speaking" cheese plate as their host.This is no ordinary plate - the Government House property was believed to have been used in the 1930s and the 1950s, playing host, albeit a silent one then, to foreign dignitaries and guests. It is still serving the nation today, as one of the artefacts on display at the National Museum of Singapore.

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In her opening comments during the virtual open house, which was hosted on Facebook and Instagram, President Halimah Yacob said despite the coronavirus pandemic, it was important to allow Singaporeans the opportunity to visit the Istana, even if they could not physically be on site, with activities for the public to learn more about its grounds and history.

The event also included a tour of the Istana grounds, courtesy of The Straits Times, which introduced guests to lesser-known spots such as an air-raid shelter known as the"bunker".MUSEUMSThe Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and the National Museum also hosted segments during the event, which attracted close to 25,000 views in total. headtopics.com

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