Selasa, 22 November 2016

National Palace, Jalan Duta

The new National Palace at Jalan Duta.

Malaysia National Palace located Jalan Duta is the new palace replacing the old palace building that been used for quite long from 1957 until 2011. The old palace building now had been converted into Muzium Diraja (Royal Museum). While the new National Palace opened in 11 November 2011.

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin is the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong resides in the new palace in 15th November 2011, while the first King installed at the palace was for the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah

The palace complex has an area of 97.65 hectares, consist of 22 domes and split into three main portions: the Formal Component, Royal Component and Administration Component.  It is built in areas of 241.4 acres that are separated into 4 wings including parking area. The project was started in late November 2011 and fully completed in late September 2011. It consist of the main palace building, the housing for staffs, police station and security, small army camp and the double storey main gate from Jalan Duta.

The bird's-eye view of the National Palace.

Ceremony at the palace compound.

The main gate of National Palace.

Main Hall in the National Palace.

The Old Palace at Jalan Istana.

There are 3 main entrances and the first Main Gate is the entrance from Jalan Duta. The second gate is located at Jalan Semantan-Dungun for the usage of Royal Guest. While the third gate located at Jalan Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara for the usage of civilians to meet the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong and Pentadbiran Istana Negara for official purposes.

The total cost for the new complex is RM812 millions and Maya Maju Sdn. Bhd. was the main contractor with the value of contract which is RM650 millions, while RM130 millions used to built the elevated highway to the main gate of the palace built by another contractor Ahmad Zaki Sdn. Bhd.

The construction of the palace suits the needs, as the old palace is too small and not suitable to accommodate such big ceremonies. Even though you cannot enter into the palace area, people can still visiting the front area at the main gate.

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