Istana Negara

See the palace the royal family of Malaysia calls home.

The exterior of Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Completed in September 2011, Malaysia's Royal Palace is the official residence of the king and a visually arresting reminder of the constitutional monarchy that guides the country. Having cost an estimated 800 million Malaysian Ringgit (that's roughly $263 million at the time of completion), the massive palace incorporates both Malay and Islamic architectural elements, and features 22 bright yellow domes along with its own mosque for the private use of the royal family.

Similar to the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, the soldiers on duty at Istana Negara wear steely stares and traditional, colorful garb. While it may be tough to get a smile from this stern crew, they do make for a fun photo-op.

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Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim 50490 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


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