Sunday, February 03, 2008


The most powerful and influential houses of our region...

The Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan is where the handsome Sultan of Brunei lives. He also uses it as his office to run the country and receive dignitaries. It was built in 1984 and became the largest palace in the world.

The Khemarin Palace is the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni. It is located on the grounds of the Royal Palace Complex in Phnom Penh. The palace was built together with adjacent royal buildings in 1866 when the royal seat was transferred from Oudong.

The Istana Negara and Istana Merdeka is the seat of power of the Republic of Indonesia. Both are located in the same compound next to each other. Here is where the president holds office, receive dignitaries and execute his official duties. Located on Merdeka Street in Jakarta.

The Laotian President “officially” lives at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane. But he rarely goes here; except for state functions. It was originally built for the French Colonial governors in the 1900s and the Royal Family briefly lived here before they were deposed in the 1970s. Located at the base of Lane Xang Road.

The official residence of the Supreme King of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. It was built in 1928. The west wing is where the power of the whole of Malaysia concentrates. It is located along Jalan Syed Putra on Bukit Petaling. The Seri Perdana is where the Prime Minister lives.

The official residence of the President of the Philippines is the Malacañang Palace. It was originally built in 1802 but didn’t become an official presidential residence until 1935. It is located in the Malacañang Presidential Complex in Manila.

The Istana Singapore (总统府) is the official residence of the President of Singapore. But he doesn’t actually sleep there. They only use it for state functions and receiving dignitaries. Built in 1867 by the Brits and didn’t become a presidential residence until 1957. Located along the “shopping haven” Orchard Road.

His Majesty the King of Thailand lives at the Chitrlada Palace in Bangkok. It is around 4km away from the Grand Palace. The Baan Phitsanulok is where the Prime Minister lives.

The official residence of the President of Timor Leste is the Palacio Das Cinzas in Dili. The Prime Minister is at the Government Palace.

The Phủ Chủ tịch in Hanoi is the official residence of the President Nguyen Minh Triet of Vietnam. It was built by the French in 1906. Located along Bach Thao Road, Ba Dinh District in Hanoi.

Our palaces of power.


*Photo credit: NGC et. al.


MischMensch said...

Oh daddy! I wanna stay in Istana Nurul Iman for the Sultan Lol

travelphilippines said...

the istana negara looks like the white house..

eyron said...

where's burma?

curbside_puppet said...

i like the one in hanoi. it looks very european!

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

@ Eyron... I think it's not finished yet when they moved the capital to Naypyidaw. I looked everywhere!

@ Curb... that one was built by the French.

Thanks Misch, Travel for the comments! Cool!

Carlos Javier said...

Yay! Most informative indeed!

Where do the Prime Ministers of Thailand and Malaysia live though? Do they also have official recidences?

treskeidecamania said...

Eow, I wish I could stay for an hour at Istana Nurul Iman. Btw, Istana Nurul Iman is designed by fellow asean architect Leandro Locsin,a filipino national artist. A great honor for as aseans to have here the world largest palace. Amazing!

the dreamer said...

the Istana Nurul Iman looks so classy...

ahehehe i wanna have one too!

is it possible to stay in that palace for just a night? i wanna experience Brunei in its most important landmark!

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