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Did You Know… Kuala Lumpur

November 17th, 2011

The Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Gryffindor

The National Palace, or Istana Negara, is the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia.

The Palace is located on a 27 acre site in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. It was built in 1928 as a private residence for a Chinese tin tycoon called Chan Wing who made his fortune by developing the Hong Fatt Tin Mine which is where The Mines development now stands.

During the War, the Japanese used the building as an officers’ mess. After their surrender, it was used by the British Royal Air Force for a while and then served as a temporary Palace for the Sultan of Selangor while his new Palace was being built.

The Palace was acquired by the Federal Government in 1957 and, after undergoing extensive renovations and extensions, it became the National Palace.

Want to know more about Kuala Lumpur’s history and culture? Find out on Uniglobe The Travel Times.

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