Also known as Istana Bandar (Town Palace) and Istana 44 Bilik (Palace with 44 rooms), Alaeddin Palace (Istana Alaeddin) was built in 1899 and completed in 1905 by Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Syah Ibni Almarhum Raja Muda Musa, the fifth Sultan of Selangor.
Sultan Alaeddin, who designed this palace himself, resided here for about 33 years until his death in 1938. The seventh Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Syah, was born in this palace in 1926.
The palace features a mixture of architecture designs; Colonial, Moorish, Oriental and Malay. Therefore, anyone who is interested in architecture should really come and visit this palace.
The majestic palace located on 12 acres of land, unfortunately, fell into disuse after independence when the administrative centre of the state was moved to Kuala Lumpur. It was later utilised as a craft centre and then a centre for studying the Quran. Alaeddin Palace was designated a historical monument and also a historical site under the Antiquities Act 1976, in 1980.
Alaeddine Palace is actually closed to the public due to safety reasons. However, those who wish to conduct educational tours should contact the Malay Customs & Heritage Corporation Selangor (PADAT). A guided tour either in Bahasa Malaysia or English can be arranged.
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