One of the places we visited during the Kuala Lumpur City Tour is the Royal King’s Palace or better known as Istana Negara. I got amazed of the beautiful park and the green lawns being surrounded. As of this writing, I just learned that this is the New Istana Negara of Malaysia as the Old Istana Negara was located in Jalan Istana, Central KL. The New Istana Negara was inaugurated last November 15, 2011 and is located in Jalan Duta in Northern Kuala Lumpur.
The public is not allowed to enter the palace but you can take pictures outside as the palace has several nice views. As a tourist myself, I found the Main Palace Entrance a favorite picture spot as the Arch of the Gates resembles the mini gates of Buckingham Palace although I’ve never been to London.
During the tour, we were four with my blogger friend and a couple from Manila. We were on our van and it was very spacious so the entire city tour was relaxed.
The New Istana Negara has covered 97.65 hectares and it’s bigger than the old National Palace. The Old Istana Negara is converted to a museum. The New Palace has 66 hectares inside and the rest of the areas are made to be parking areas for tourist buses and a plaza where visitors can take a lot of pictures or videos freely.
We only spent few minutes here and off to our next destination. Istana Negara is a must visit. 😀
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Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.