Istana Bandar is one of the oldest Malay palaces that still retains its original design, with the fame of being one of the most astonishing historical palaces in the country
What to Expect?
If you are somewhere near Klang or Banting and are keen to see old architecture of buildings, this is one of the place that you should consider going. It used to be the royal capital of Selangor when Sultan Abdul Samad decided to move there and make it his residence in 1875.
Bandar Palace Jugra belongs to Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah, the fifth Sultan of Selangor. He lived here for many years until his death in 1938. His grandson, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who was to be the eight Sultan of Selangor, was born in the palace in 1926.
Today, the palace is a historical gallery and site - open for visit to public, with no entrance fees.
The double-storey structure has many rooms, including a royal bath (Kolam Mandi Diraja), throne room (Balai Rong Seri), banquet room (Kamar Santap Diraja), bedrooms (Kamar Beradu), audience halls (Balai Mengadap), verandah (Sotoh), kitchen (Dapur) and a “forbidden garden” (Taman Larangan).
In fact, Istana Bandar is one of the most astonishing palaces in the country. It is also one of the oldest Malay palaces that still retains its original design.
Visitors can spend hours marvelling at the intricate woodwork of the palace through these different rooms. It’s easy to be enthralled by the beauty of the place once you walk into the grounds of the palace.
Also known as Istana Alaeddin or Alaeddin Palace, the building was constructed using high-quality cengal timber and marble. Its design is largely Islamic, mainly of Indian and Middle-Eastern origin. There is also some Chinese influence (the roof’s carved fascia board and sisik naga or dragon fin), as craftsmen from China were involved in the palace’s construction.
Roam around the various chambers in the two-storey building and check out its interiors for a sense of how the Selangor royalty lived in the past. The fact that Istana Bandar is situated on a 5ha land means that there’s plenty to explore.
Bandar Palace Jugra fell into disuse after independence, when the administrative center of the state was moved to Kuala Lumpur. It was later used as a craft center and a center for studying the Quran, the central religious text of Islam.
It is usually visited together with Bukit Jugra, Makam Diraja Sultan Abdul Samad (Royal Mausoleum) and the yellow-coloured Masjid Sultan Alaeddin, which is located next door.
Kenny Ng2 weeks ago
Best historic place for sightseeing and pictures taking
Maya Ayumiea month ago
An old palace, hv lots of old carving arts and several nostalgic memory of elderly Sultan Selangor (Sultan Alauddin) before they move to Klang and Klang officially became the new 'Bandar Diraja'. Today, it's looks like not well maintain already. Getting rotten here and there. Sad to see it. History place that need to keep for new generation.
E-g Romaizia month ago
It is a great place to visit but it could have been better if the building is being restored & maintain well. It is a good place for photography but it's quite creepy inside the palace 😅
Golf Golf2 weeks ago
Nice place to visit but it appeared to be not well taken care of. Very soon the wooden structures are going to be eaten up by termites. The Makchik who cleaner could be seen relaxing near the kitchen, swiping her smart phone.
Edmund JPa month ago
Interesting POI in a hidden place. Nice to explore the place, but nothing much inside the buildings. Hope the tousirm board will turn this historical beautiful Palace to a tourist spot.
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