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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Istana Maziah

Istana Maziah, Terengganu, one of the majestic imperial palaces in Malaysia is well known for its distinct architecture. This palace is a fine example of the artistic skills of the Terengganu people and their ingenuity which is amply reflected in the fine blend of modern and traditional elements in its exterior design. According to popular beliefs Istana Maziah, Terengganu was constructed during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin Ill and was built in the year 1897 to replace the lstana Hijau which was burned down during World War II.

Istana Maziah, Terengganu was constructed by 20 craftsmen who used a mixture of limestone, clay, coarse salt, egg yolk and honey to build it. The tall shuttered windows of this palace resemble those of a French chateau. This palace sits prettily in front of Dataran Maziah, a beautifully landscaped mini park that has manicured shrubs, trees and paved walkways. An imposing model of Betel Chewing instruments such as Gobek Sireh and Kacip Pinang stand in the centre of this park.

Istana Maziah in Terengganu is the official palace of Terengganu’s sultan. It is located adjacent to Bukit Puteri and is a favored venue for holding royal birthdays, weddings, conferment of titles and receptions for local and foreign dignitaries. The distinct deep yellow color of this structure makes it one of the most conspicuous landmarks in Terengganu that draws appreciatory glances from every passerby.

Getting to Istana Maziah in Terengganu
Istana Maziah in Terengganu is easily accessible from most places in Terengganu through Jalan Zultan Zainal Abidin or Jalan Hiliran. There are various modes of transportation available, which you can avail of to reach Istana Maziah. You can come here either by road, buses and coaches or by taxis as per your budget. The normal taxi fare is 8.5 sen for one km and 10 sen for one km for air-conditioned taxis.

Istana Maziah, Terengganu is one of the most famous cultural attractions of Malaysia. Do not forget to visit this palace on your trip to Terengganu.