A monument to the ingenuity and determination of Malaysians, Kuala Lumpur is a 21st century metropolis dominated by some of Southeast Asia's tallest skyscrapers. Having gained a reputation as the Asian cyber-city, Kuala Lumpur is a destination where historic mosques and temples stand amid giant shopping complexes and soaring towers. With Chinese prospectors, ethnic Malays, British colonials and Indian migrants in its history, the region boasts a remarkable cultural diversity.
Istana Negara Kuala Lumpur
The official residence of his majesty, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the king of Malaysia, Istana Negara Kuala Lumpur is spread across an area of 28 acres and overlooks the charming Klang River. Ideally surrounded by lush tropical gardens that includes a swimming pool, beautiful lake, a six hole golf course and tennis courts, the palace was built by a local Chinese millionaire named Chan Wing in 1928.
Over the years the imposing mansion has undergone several extensions and renovations to include various features such as an indoor badminton hall. Although the residence is not open to the public, tourists can witness the palace guards' charming horses as well as the changing of the guard ceremonies at the popular gatehouse.
The main entrance to the palace is also favoured among tourists for taking pictures. The entrance resembles an arch on each side of which are two guard posts sheltering two members of the cavalry in their uniform, a sight not unlike Buckingham Palace in London.
The mansion comprises several halls for certain purposes including the Throne Hall, two main corridors and the hearing hall. The palace grounds feature a guard house for the Royal Malay Regiment.