Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur

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Get a closer look at Malaysian royalty's lifestyle by visiting Istana Negara, the hilltop palace and former residence of the country's monarch. Though visitors cannot enter this building, you can admire the manicured gardens and grand domes from the imposing main gate, or pose for a photo with the mounted royal guards on duty there. To visit Istana Negara and get the most from your holiday in Kuala Lumpur, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder app .
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  • October 5, 2017
    contrary to what you are told on the hop on hop off bus, you are not allowed in. You can only get to the gate and fence and take a few pics with the guard. I read that there is changing of the guard c...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    I got to see some of the kings men on horses. The guards on duty the time I went spoke english. So you can ask them questions.  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    We visited as photo stop of about 20 min. The palace is grand from outside. We managed to click few pics but thats just outside. Would love to see interiors though  more »
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  • September 5, 2017
    The entrance gate is beautiful. Unfortunately there is nothing to do there except taking picture with that gate. No inside tours as far as I know.
  • August 23, 2017
    he Istana Negara (Malay for National Palace) is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the monarch of Malaysia. It is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly Jalan Duta) in Segambut, northwestern Kuala Lumpur. The palace opened in 2011 and replaced the old Istana Negara which was located at a different compound in central Kuala Lumpur. The palace complex has an area of 97.65 hectares, 22 domes, and is split into three main portions: the Formal Component, Royal Component and Administration Componen
  • May 29, 2017
    Beautiful architecture, the palace is built on a very large area of land. The visitors can walk upto the wall of the palace, click photos with the guards and palace in general, but are not allowed to step inside the gates. Fun Fact - If the flag is raised up on top of the largest dome of the palace, then the king is inside. And, if the flag is down, then the king has stepped out.
  • March 25, 2017
    Good place to travel to, if you just wanna hang out for few mins and take a picture or two with the foot guard and the horse guard. Best show of the day is the change of the Guards at 11am, when you may have a chance to walk along side some real big horses. Nothing else besides that really. Shouldn't mingle round there too long, or the Malaysian heat will eat you. Beware of all those Chinese tourists who stand everywhere taking pictures in millions.
  • August 16, 2017
    One of the beautiful place in Malaysia. I visited there onece and it was very memorable experience.

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