The Royal Museum in Kuala Lumpur is situated at the former National Palace of Malaysia. It stands on an 11-hectare land of the Bukit Petaling Hill, overlooking the Klang River.
This former residence of the King and Queen has a long history, dating back to 1928 – the year it was built as a mansion owned by a Chinese millionaire. It later served as the residence of the Japanese Governor during World War II. After Malaysia gained merdeka or independence in 1957, the palace was renovated to become the official residence of His Majesty the Sultan of Selangor.
The palace has since been converted into the Royal Museum after the new National Palace was built on Duta Road. It was formally opened to the public in 2013.
It is a rare opportunity to enter a palace and get a glimpse of royal living. This is what the Royal Museum offers as we explore the palace and see the royal memorabilia on display.
From the main gate, we can already marvel at the grandeur of the place with its golden flower details. The main gate itself is a popular background for picture taking.
Just like in Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guard ceremony is fascinating to watch, which happens at noontime (12:00pm).
Most interestingly, we are allowed to spend time at the former royal quarters, which was forbidden to non-members of the royal family.
Guided tours are conducted daily at the Royal Museum. Visitors are not allowed to wander around the palace grounds so stick to the tour itinerary. Photo taking can only be done at the Throne Room. It is prohibited in all the other sections of the museum. Entrance fee is RM5 ($1.23) for locals and RM10 ($2.46) for foreigners.