"The King Moves out every five Years" Royal Palace - Istana Negara Tip by Kakapo2

  Soon the royals will get a new castle.
by Kakapo2

No visit to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without having a look at the National Palace (Istana Negara) and its guards. The palace is the residence of the King of Malaysia. It is located on a hill at Jalan lstana, overlooking the Klang River, next to the city centre.

The palace stands on a 28 acre (11 hectare) area and includes a golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool ? well, everything you need to live comfortably.

The Istana was originally a double storey mansion built in 1928 by a local Chinese millionaire, Chan Wing. After the Japanese occupation (1942 to 1945), it served as a residence of the Sultan of Selangor until 1957, when the Federal Government acquired it as the official residence of the King. Some major renovation and extension took place before the first royal family moved in. An interesting fact about the King of Malaysia is that he is elected by the sultans of the states and sits on the throne for only five years. Then the sultans elect the next king from their midst.

The palace grounds are not open to the public, so most tourists just go to the main entrance where you can see the royal guards in different attires, and also the change of the guards (every day at 12noon). More about the guards in two extra tips.

Through the steel bars of the fence you can see the cream-coloured palace with its white pillars and golden domes rather well. Even the fence is rather nice ;-) Concrete or marble pillars (I cannot remember?) hold the steel bar fence. In the centres of the fence sections are rather big plates with the insignia of the King.

If you do not travel to Kuala Lumpur fast enough this tip might be outdated already. The construction of a new palace which should cost 400 million ringgit was set to commence mid 2007 and expected to be completed by 2009. Well, when this construction near Jalan Duta is finished the architectural features of this Istana Negara should still be correct ? and the guards stay the same, they will just work at another site ;-)

Address: Jalan Istana
Directions: Located on a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra.
Phone: 60362001000
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istana_Negara,_Kuala_Lumpur

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 10, 2008
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