King's Palace / Istana Negara ~ Places
to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
The new Istana Negara (National Palace) in Jalan Duta has been designed to exude a regal image representing the constitutional monarchy that is one of the pillars of the nation.
The white palace complex which boasts a total of 22 domes is a fusion of traditional Malay and Islamic architecture and reflects the supremacy of the King, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Queen, the Raja Permaisuri Agong.
Built on 104 hectares (241.3 acres) of land
and costing a staggering RM935.5 million,
Officially opened on 11 Nov 2012, the palace complex is divided into official, royal and administrative wings. The main floor is divided into the Official Wing and the Royal Wing. The lower floor houses the administrative office, kitchen, store and other support areas.
The palace has two large domes with the main one reaching 60 meters high. These domes are adorned with light bulbs designed in the outline of an overlapping betel leaf that will illuminate the night with different colours. The colour of the lights will be according to the type of formal events held that day.
A 40m-high dome above the main lobby in the palace is hung with the largest chandelier made in Malaysia. Eight large paintings, depicting the history of the country from the Malacca Sultanate to the current era, decorate the giant pillars supporting the main dome which is 60m high.
The Official wing houses, among others, the balairong seri, where the swearing-in of the King takes place, the audience and banquet halls. The Royal wing, comprising bedrooms and other facilities, are designed for use by the Agong (the King), his Queen and other members of the royal family.
The palace also comes equipped with a surau (prayer hall) to accommodate 1,000 people, a swimming pool, a security office, a visitors' square, an underground car park, a treatment room, a multi-purpose hall, a sports field, a helipad, and a horse stable.
This main entrance is where the palace guards from the first
Malay Regiment and the horse-mounted guards are stationed.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong (The King)
He previously served as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from
1970 to 1975. He is the first ruler to hold the position twice, as well as
the oldest elected to the office at 83 years old. The installation of the
new Yang di-Pertuan Agong was held on 11 April 2012, at the new Istana
Negara at Jalan Duta.
PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ KL CITY CENTRE
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