Muzium Diraja Istana Batu (Royal Museum)

Dazzling glimpse into royal life

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Istana Batu, which translates to 'concrete palace', was the first concrete building in Kelantan state. The 1939-built palace was a wedding gift for Sultan Yahya Petra, who called it home for 12 years.

It was passed onto Sultan Ismail Petra as his official residence and then declared a museum in 1991. As simple as this building presents itself it has quite a colourful history and is jam-packed with collectibles and royal possessions, such as gifts, paintings, clothes and even hunting 'trophies' such as a tiger skin rug and a stuffed ostrich.

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Located across from the Kraft Village, Jalan Tok Semian
Opening Hours: Sat-Thu 08:30-16:45
Last updated: 10th October, 2013
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Vanessa eventually based herself in Langkawi and settled into the island lifestyle. The location offered a gateway to Southeast Asia, from where she continues her exploration of Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and other destinations on her 'to-do' list.

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