Royal Palace

Attraction Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim 50490 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
2.39 USD

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The Royal Museum is located in the old National Palace, or Istana Negara, was the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia.

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Why Royal Palace is special ?

“Istana Negara” translates to “National Palace,” and Kuala Lumpur’s Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara) serves as the official residence of the supreme King of Malaysia. The king relocated to a newly built Istana Negara in 2011, and while you can’t enter, it’s possible to see the beautiful architecture of the palace from afar and watch the hourly changing of the guards. 
Before 2011, the Royal King’s Palace occupied another mansion. The structure was originally built in 1928 by a wealthy Chinese immigrant on a plot overlooking the Klang River. During the Japanese Occupation during World War II, the mansion became the home of the Japanese Governor before becoming a British military office after the Japanese surrendered in 1945. In 1950, the Sultan of Selangor moved into the residence and lived there until Malaysian independence in 1957.
Today, the former Istana Negara houses the Royal Museum, where visitors can tour the grounds and get a sense of the opulence of Malaysian royal life.

What to explore at Royal Palace?

It is interesting to be able to wander round a palace which until very recently was occupied by the King and Queen. The official reception rooms are, as you might imagine, elaborately furnished with extravagent use of yellow,the royal colour,and plenty of gold leaf.

The private apartments and bedrooms are more simply furnished and you get the impression that perhaps the best items of furniture were transferred to the new palace, leaving the second best items behind in the museum.

The palace also lacks the personal possessions of the royal families who once occupied it and for that reason why there are better royal museums in Malaysia such as the Royal Gallery in Klang,  or the Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah in Kuala Kangsar.


Selling points

  • “Nice View for taking pictures”
  • “Lovely place in Malaysia to Visit”
  • “Discover the royal palace!”
  • “Royal exhibition”
  • “Architecture at its best”
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5.0 days
134.90 USD
Total travel distance
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Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim 50490 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • The palace is surrounded by busy highways so you really have to arrive by car, taxi or tour bus.
  • It was an open space and the heat of the sun can burn you up. so bring umbrellas and caps
    What to bring
  • Don't forget to turn around, there is a great view of the KL skyline to photograph as well.
  • Can only take pictures from outside the gate, but can take them with the guards.
  • It is interesting in 12:00 o'clock when it is time to change guards.
  • Entry not allowed but Nice views from the outside.
  • You're allowed to Hop Off the bus and take a closer look at the Palace.
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the new istana is huge and grander than the old istana

TripAdvisor View more

Very attractive building in large private grounds.You can't get into the grounds but don't let that put you off going here. Easy to get to on the hop on hop off bus service (stop 13) and when we visited the bus stayed for about 10 minutes to allow photographs to be taken. Reminiscent of Horse Guards Parade in London with the Royal guards on foot and on horseback....very smart! Excellent photo opportunites.Well worth visiting .

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This is a nice building to see, but nothing to really do there. The poor guides that have to spend their days in the extreme heat

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On our City tour we were only aloud to view the Royal Palace from the ouside, There were no guards on duty and the view of the Palace was obstructed by many trees. Would of been nice to get a closer look.

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