National Palace Royal Museum
Ben van Wijnen
"The Old Royal Palace is the landmark building of Kuala Lumpur. It was originally the private mansion of Chen Zhenyong, a wealthy Chinese businessman. Later it became the residence of the Malaysian head of state and has since been converted into a monumental museum for tourists to visit. The architecture of the palace is extremely elegant. The surrounding area is full of greenery and fresh flora; a beautiful setting."
The National Palace Royal Museum was the former residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Supreme King) of Malaysia. It is located on a commanding position on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra
The former 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 was fenced up and at the front of the gate were two guard posts where members of the Royal Calvary guarded the entrance.
But now, since november 2011, the royal family moved to the new Istana Negara in Jalan Duta. Nowadays it's a museum, which everyone can visit. They had to convert it into The Royal Museum and referred as "Old Istana Negara".
The Royal Museum opened its doors on 1 February 2013 and is located in the old National Palace which was the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia. The old National Palace has now been converted to a museum.
Today the former official residence of Malaysia’s monarch and head of state, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, is open to the public for a fee of RM5 (and RM10 for non-Malaysians). Now you are allowed to get into the palace. Inside the sprawling two-storey building, visitors will get a sense of the private lives of the King and Queen.
You’ll get a full guided tour by a former palace guard.
When you step into the sprawling two-storey palace, you will be greeted by beautiful crystal chandeliers and intricately designed ceilings. There are a total of 22 palatial spaces such as the royal office, dining halls and resting lounge.
The Apartment offers visitors something a little more personal. That's in a separate and more private wing. The space houses the sleeping chamber of the King and Queen.
The visitors will roam the palace grounds like you own the place. The fact that this is a “living” museum means, that all the layout and furniture arrangements are as it is when the palace was used at the King and Queen’s official residence.
Guests will also be able to visit the Balairong Seri. That is the throne room (Balairong Seri). The majestic room in splendid golden hues is the coronation venue of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. There are also seasonal exhibitions held at the museum, displaying royal private collections.
Those who have looked longingly at the palace, will love the chance to explore the interiors of the Royal Museum. The venue will quench their lust for the glamour of royal life in Malaysia.
Photo on the above: The Queen's office, decorated in warm shades of brown and dark pink, is where she receives her guests at the old palace.
Address: Syed Putra Road
The new palace.
Directions: The best way to visit the Istana is by the KL Hop-on Hop-off service which makes the place one of the stops. Otherwise one would need a taxi service because there is no city bus service to the place.
The Istana Negara (Malay for National Palace) is nowdays the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the monarch of Malaysia. It is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly Jalan Duta) in Segambut,
northwestern Kuala Lumpur. The palace opened in 2011 and replaced the old Istana Negara which was located at a different compound in central Kuala Lumpur.
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