Continuing along Orchard Road I noticed a large treed area with a big gate in the distance and lots of guards. Can I go in here? Can I take a picture? What does google maps say ... Istana? What the hell is Istana? Better Google it ... Ohhhh ... that's where Singapore's President lives. I wonder if he would be ok for a pop in. Probably best I don't go to the heavily guarded area and instead cross the road to Istana Park, an extension to the main entrance of the Istana and open to the public.
Istana Park is small at only 1.3 ha, but there is plenty of greenery packed in. I only take a short stroll around Istana Park and have a rest under a large sheltered area. The main feature is the Festival Arch which stands above a large pond. The Festival Arch is said to represent the gateway to the Civic District, so I guess my metrotrek around the Civic District is a little back to front. Anyway, time to head back into the Civic District via Penang Road, which lies on the southern side of Istana Park and joins the eastern section of Orchard Road.