Construction of the new National Palace or Istana Negara appears to be nearing completion, at least from the outside.
Located on a 100 hectare plot off Jalan Duta this spacious home will be the new official residence for Malaysia’s King and Queen. It replaces the existing National Palace which has been used as a home for royalty for the past 50 years or so.
The current King is unlikely to spend much time, if any, in the new palace as his 5 year term of service ends in December under Malaysia’s unique rotating monarchy system. His replacement, the Sultan of Kedah, will presumably have the pleasure of settling into this new residence.
Mounted horse guards will occupy the tall sentry boxes while soldiers on foot will be on duty in the shorter ones.
The palace seems to be overlooked by the blocks of flats behind. Perhaps it is not as private as the current palace?
The view from the front garden is quite nice.
I drove up the approach road expecting access to be blocked off but the place was deserted so I was able to take photos and use the public toilet in the visitors’ car park.
It’s an impressive palace and I am sure once the gardens have become established and the buildings have aged a little it will look even better.
If you would like to read my page about the existing National Palace, together with what to do if you are invited to the palace for dinner, you can find it on my Malaysia Traveller website.
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I wish to ask for advices on how we can have an official audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. What are the needed formalities to be observed to get an appointment with his majesty. Would it be alright to send in advance an information of the personalities who wish to pay due respect to him. If it is acceptable as part of the protocols, how are we going to address our communication, to whom?
Thank you and we hope to hear from you.
Very respectfully yours,
Jose C. Bulang
Wa Alaikum Assalam
I don’t have the exact answer to your question. There is an informative website containing Royal protocol called http://www.malaysianmonarchy.org.my/ but unfortunately it does not seem to be working at the moment. You could try contacting the Istana directly. The contact details can be found on this page:http://www.majlisraja-raja.gov.my/index.php/bm/maklumat-perkhidmatan/alamat-rasmi-istana-istana-negeri
If you come in the morning around 9:30-10:00AM (approximately), you may get the chance to see the changing of horse-riding guards ceremony.
Sounds good. I will try and get along there one day to see the ceremony.