Royal Palace (Istana Negara), Kuala Lumpur
The King’s Palace or Istana Negara was built in 1928 and was originally the residence of a Chinese millionaire. The Selangor State Government bought and converted it into a palace to house His Majesty the Sultan of Selangor until 1957. Subsequently it was bought by the Federal Government to be turned into the Istana Negara for the Yang diPertuan Agung, the Malaysian King. The area is fenced up and at the front of the gate are two guard posts where members of the Royal Calvary guard the entrance. The palace is not opened to the public and the main entrance with the mounted royal guard at the gate is one of the main attractions for visitors to the Istana.
The official residence of His Majesty the King of Malaysia. This 2-storey majestic building is situated on the slope of a hill called Bukit Petaling.
The Palace is not allowed for tourists or for public visit, nevertheless, I was contented taking pictures from the outside where I visualize a beautiful surroundings inside. The front gate have two beautiful arches where two guards are ready to protect the palace.
On each side of the arch-shaped entrance gate of the National Palace is an arch-shaped guard house.
In each guard house you can see a guard mounted on a horse.
The guards wear red uniform jackets and black trousers, similar to the guards of Buckingham palace.
Change of the guards is at 12noon every day.
The guard on the photo has not lost his head but the VT programme has chopped it off. To see the guard's face you have to click on the picture :-)
Beside each guard house for the mounted guards in their British-style uniforms there is a smaller rectangular arch (can an arch be rectangular?...) in front of the National Palace.
Those two small shelters are just big enough to protect the standing guards from the weather. Those standing guards wear traditional white sarongs. Well, not really…
A traditional sarong would be a length of fabric wrapped around the waist, and Malay men would wear sarongs woven in a check pattern. Those guards however wear white uniform (jacket and trousers), and a so-called Songket wrapped around the waist. This Songket is a shorter piece of precious brocade fabric which makes it – worn over a sarong or a Baju Melayu - stand out of the background with its shimmering texture, due to the use of gold and silver threads. A Baju Malayu normally consists of a shirt and trousers.
Songket is a luxury product traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions as sarong… So, well… Probably the guards still wear a sarong LOL
... and I am sure this one smiled slightly. I hope he does not get fired for being friendly and human!
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?
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 ;-)
Surrounded by a beautiful park, green lawns and ponds the King´s Palace, Istana Negara, is the official residence of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a Malay title usually translated as "Supreme Head”. You can watch the Palace from outside the main gate where the Royal Guards, dressed in white Malay as well as red British inspired uniforms, are guarding the main gate on horse and on foot.
The Kingdom of Malaysia consists of 9 sultanates (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, Sembilan and Terengganu) and 4 non monarchic states (Malacca, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak). The “Yang Di-Pertuan Agong” or Paramount Ruler is elected among the sultans every five years, which means that there are 45 years until a sultan can be elected for the second time. The king in Malaysia is the head of the state. Together with the Prime Minister, the King appoints the cabinet from among the members of Parliament, as well as the nominal head of the military and all three branches of government.
The Istana Negara (Malay for National Palace) along Jalan Istana was the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia. It stands on a 13 acre (50,000 m²) site, located at a commanding position on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra.
The building is nestled within a 11.34-hectare compound with a variety of plants and flowers, swimming pool and indoor badminton hall. As the palace grounds are not opened to members of the public or tourists, the Main Palace Entrance is a favourite picture spot for tourists.
The whole area is fenced up and the Royal Insignia of His Majesty is placed on each steel bar between two pillars of the fence. At the front of the Istana Negara, there is the main entrance which resembles an arch. On each side of the arch, are two guard posts to shelter two members of the cavalry in their full dress uniform similar to the ones at Buckingham Palace, London.
In the grounds of the palace is a guard house for the members of the Royal Malay Regiment, one of the two Household Division units in the Malaysian Armed Forces (the other one is the Malaysian Royal Armoured Corps Mounted Ceremonial Squadron). There is also a six hole golf course, tennis courts and a lake in the far end of the grounds.
Due to my opinion, its nice that Malaysia keeps its traditions very good also by getting a very modern and high tech city / country ... :)
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.
Istana Negara Kuala Lumpur was originally a double storey mansion built in 1928 by a local Chinese millionaire, Chan Wing. After the Japanese occupation, it served as a residence of the Sultan of Selangor until 1957, when the Federal Government acquired it for use as the official residence of the King after some major renovation and extension.
I visited the Istana Negara a few weeks ago as part of my Kuala Lumpur - Explore It mission. There's not much about the palace that you can see -- just the shiny yellow dom and the well-trimmed grass. But... it's really interesting to look at the palace guards -- they seem to be the top attraction at the National Palace Kuala Lumpur. People were seen taking pictures with the guards.
A closer look at the guards, reflects the weariness that they have to bear during their shift. I saw one guard can't help but close his eyes ocassionally -- was it because of the sun, the camera flash or he was just pure sleepy?
Kuala Lumpur - Explore It!
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.
The King’s Palace or Istana Negara was built in 1928 and was originally the residence of a Chinese millionaire. During the Japanese occupation from 1942-1945, it was used as the Japanese officers’ mess. After the surrender of the Japanese, the building was bought by the Selangor State Government. It was then renovated to become the palace of His Majesty the Sultan of Selangor until 1957.
Subsequently it was bought by the Federal Government to be turned into the Istana Negara for the Yang di Pertuan Agong, the Malaysian King. The area is fenced up and at the front of the gate are two guard posts where members of the Royal Calvary guard the entrance. The palace is not opened to the public and the main entrance with the mounted royal guard at the gate is one of the main attractions for visitors to the Istana.
The Istana Negara is the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia. Malyasia has 9 states. Each state's governer will be the King of Malaysia for 4 years. When you visit the palace entrance, notice the yellow flag in the yard. If the King is in the palace, the yellow flag is up, othrewise the flag is down.
National Palace is the official residence of His Majesty, The King of Malaysia. It stands on a 28 acre (110,000 sq. m.) site, located at a commanding position on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klanf River along Jalan Sjed Putra.
Look at how the Palace Guard wears a skirt over his pants.
The Palace is the Official residence of the Supreme King of Malaysia.This Place is surrounded by a beautiful park and Green lawns. It looked great from the outside. Entry not allowed but Nice views from the outside.
It's one of the Stops of the Bus Tour. You're allowed to Hop Off the bus and take a closer look at the Palace.