Friday, December 2, 2011

Our Memory - Closure of Istana Negara

The Malaysia Royal Palace (Istana Negara) was officially closed on 15 Nov 2011.  The new palace is situated at Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.  The 83-year old palace had been used since 1957 after the independence day of Malaysia. 

Istana Negara was used as an official resident for the King of Malaysia (Yang Di-Pertuan Agong).  It has been occupied by the late Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman Tuanku Muhammad who was the first King until the 13th King, Tuanku Mizal Zainal Abidin.

Based from the history, Istana Negara is originally a MYR 150K banglo owned by a millionaire from China (Chan Wing) before it was used by the Japanese Army as a military command post from 1942 to 1945.  After Japan defeated and withdrew their army from the Malay Land, the banglo was renovated to a palace for Sultan Selangor (Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah).  Then, the Federal Government of Malaysia bought the palace at MYR 1.4 million with MYR 328K renovation cost to renovate the palace as Istana Negara.  

Istana Negara has a ball room called "Balairong Seri", used for royal ceremony, 20 rooms, a kitchen that can fit 100 people, 4 guest rooms, 2 entrance halls and a dining hall.

I brought my family to visit Istana Negara because my sons had requested a few times.  We always drive along Jalan Mahameru and pass through Istana Negara on the left.  One day, why not just make a quick stop to personally see ourselves. 

There was many tourists stopped by and took photos.  We joined them and in the crowds, took opportunities to take some photos for memory.

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