We visited the palace on the way to other tourist spots like batu caves, budhist temple etc....we paid $50 AUD for a taxi for the day to take us and wait while we visited each of the sites...He was paid at day end.
Malaysia's political system is a bit particular. Most States have their own sultan, except Sarawak, Sabah, Melaka and Pinang, which have a governor instead, as these where the British settlements, where the colonial influence got to be bigger.
The Head of State is elected among these sultans for a period of five years. When they are elected, they will leave their state and come to live in the Negara Istana (Royal Palace) in Kuala Lumpur. During this time they will be substituted in their home State by their heir-prince.
This special political system makes of Malaysia the only existing elective monarchy, along with the Vatican, that is.
Since tourists are not allowed entry to the Royal Palace, taking picture at the gates of the Palace, together with the guards in a horse, is also as nice. You can also take a peek of what's inside though through the gates, and then take more pictures.
As the title suggests, the Palace grounds is off limits to tourists. We can hardly see the palace from outside the gate, so most tourists would rather take photo with the palace guards outside the gate. I think those guards have one photograph too much!
We drove past the palace and I asked Lawrence our tour guide to stop so that I could take a photo and maybe go for a quick cuppa tea with the King, but they would not let me past the gate. The guard had a rather stern look on his face - I think they have a special school for royal guards - which made me decide not too look for trouble with this okie.
Malaysia has 9 Sultans and 1 of them will be the King for 5 years. If he would like to be a King again then he will wait for another 45 years. Istana Negara is the official residence of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (The King), located on a hillock at Jalan Istana. The palace is surrounded by green lawns, ponds and trees. On ceremonial occasions, the palace and its grounds are gaily lit-up.
Hmm..I was trying to sneak out looking for a nice ops but hey, its a guarded residence and even the roof you can't see only those guards. when we we're there it was in time for the visit of the French Prime Minister Chirac, so there are lot's of guards outside..maybe because they're waiting for the visit?
The official residence of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (The King), located on a hillock at Jalan Istana. The palace is surrounded by green lawns, ponds and trees. On ceremonial occasions, the palace and its grounds are gaily lit-up.
You can take a look at the huge area of the king´s palace - visiting is not possible as far as I know. But it is said that there is a new Palace planed by the king.
Istana Negara is the official residence of His Majesty, the Yang diPertuan Agung (the King of Malaysia).
You can see the Royal Guards dressing with the Malay costumes and British ones. No entry fees. Usually this tour is arranged within a city tour for 3 hours. Check with your hotel tour organizer.
For a stop of about 10 minutes, you can see the Royal Palace with its bigs gardens, in your way to other spot of KL
One doesn't get further than the entrance gates but it is part of the ½ day trip and well worth seeing if in the vicinity.
The official residence of His Majesty, the Yang di Pertuan Agong, the King of Malaysia. Visitors can witness the changing of the guards daily.