Friday, 8 June 2012

Pameran Raja Kita @ Former Royal Palace, Malaysia

Malaysia's former Royal Palace is open for public with free entrance.  This is an opportunity for children to have a tour to visit the palace especially it's school holidays.  

The Palace was originally a double-storey mansion which called the Big House built in 1928 by a local Chinese millionaire, Mr. Chan Wing.  During the Japanese occupation from 1942 - 1945, it was used as the Japanese Governor.  After the surrender of the Japanese on 15th 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 building was purchased by the Selangor's State Government at the price of RM150,000.  Then it has been modified and becomes the palace of Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Sir Hishamuddin Alam Shah, Sultan Selangor till the year of 1957.

This beautiful building was then purchased by the federal government with the price of RM1.4 million in year 1957.  The Federal Government then spent RM328,00 in order to convert the residence into the Istana Negara for the newly created sovereign post of Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya which was about to achieve independence in August as scheduled.

The grand entrance for the Royal Families

Wide garden in front of the palace

The long path towards the palace

Fountain in front of the palace

Actually, the exhibition only available in part of the palace.  Not the whole palace open for view.  Here are some photos taken from the exhibition:-

Today, this Royal Palace is walking into history while the new Royal Palace in Jalan Duta launched in November 2011.

The exhibition is open for public from 16th April 2012 to 15 June 2012, 9am to 5pm.  It's free entrance but if you wish to take photos, you have to pay RM3 for photo taking.  Please take off your shoes before entering the exhibition hall.

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