Istana Negara Lama

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

In conjunction of the Installation of the new Yang Di Pertuan Agong which was held on 11 April 2012, the Department of Malaysia Museum had decided to open the Old National Palace in Jalan Istana to public. If I’m not mistaken, tentatively it’s only open up to mid of June 2012 but now, it has been extended till end of the year. Yes, end of year.

Since my current project is situated in Jalan Istana itself, i squeezed my times to visit the Old Palace on Saturday together with my other two colleagues. We were there somewhere around 10.00am. At that point of time, there’s only a few peoples in. It’s open to public from 9am till 5pm. No entrance tickets charged but you are required to pay an amount of fees for the usage of camera and video camera inside the exhibition hall. I actually invited some of our colleagues to accompany us, but it seems that museum doesn’t impressed them much. As mentioned by them, museum will be the last place on earth that they wanted to visit.

The Main Entrance of the Old Palace DSCN5531-2


Can you spot a free admission sign there – ‘MASUK PERCUMA’. DSCN5533-2

This is basically the brief history of the Istana Negara, Jalan Istana as defined by wikipedia.

The palace was originally a double-storey mansion which called The Big House built in 1928 by a local Chinese millionaire, Chan Wing. During the Japanese Occupation from 1942–1945, it was used as the residence of the Japanese Governor. After the surrender of the Japanese on 15 August 1945, the British Military Administration (BMA) commandeered it for a senior military officers mess from the rank of brigadier. With the formation of the Federation of Malaya in 1950, the Selangor State Government rented the residence from the owners for Straits Dollars 5,000 a month until Merdeka or Indepencence in 1957. It was renovated to become the palace of His Majesty the Sultan of Selangor. In 1957, the owners sold the property of 13 acres to the Federal Government at an agreed valuation of Straits Dollars 1.4 Million.

The long stretch of driveway.DSCN5534-2

Main Building DSCN5536-2


Our first step ever to the Palace. Kami hanya orang-orang kebanyakan. Hehehe. DSCN5581-2


Some of the personal stuffs and collections belong to the new Yang Di Pertuan Agong. One of his personal interest and passion is photography.



Sort of an interactive touch screen panel. Panas gile kot screen tue! Half way in the 1st exhibition hall, all of us sweating all the way. There’s no air cond in the exhibition hall. Furthermore, they are using a yellow down light panel on all the exhibition panel. Panas kot! I think the exhibitor should do something out of it. You can even see the comment written in the guest book asking for an air-conditioning facilities.




Us (from left Lee EunYat, San Sano and me). Both of them, nama semua nak ala-ala Korea and Jepun jek. DSCN5575-2

Oh ya, did i mentioned that they had prepared a shoe cabinet since we required to put off our shoes before entering the main hall. DSCN5582-2

The rest of the visitor. Once we finished, we saw more and more peoples coming in. We’re lucky enough to come earlier. Kalau tak, makin berpeluh la dalam exhibition hall tue. Phew! DSCN5587-2

How cute are they! Even kinder garden students are here as well! DSCN5590-2
Simply me,
Zara AB
The Province of Chroma

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