Istana Besar

Istana Besar or Grand Palace is the royal palace of the Sultan of Johor which is located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Grand Palace
Istana Besar
General information
Architectural styleAnglo-Malay
LocationJohor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Steps to the main hall of Istana Besar, Johor Bahru


Standing tall in the city of Johor Bahru, the palace was built in 1866 by Sultan Abu Bakar. The palace overlooks the Straits of Johor.

The Grand Palace's most distinctive feature is its Anglo-Malay architecture, characterised by its dome of Malay design contrasted with its blue roof of Anglo influence.

The Grand Palace is currently used only for investitures, state banquets and royal functions.

Royal Museum

The most interesting part of the palace is the Royal Abu Bakar Museum located within the palace which was renovated to become a museum in 1982 and officially opened in 1990.[1] It is a living museum which houses a good collection of royal heirloom, impressive rare artifacts and a good record of the history of the state's royal family. The Royal Museum was closed to the public from January 2012.

See also


  1. "Royal Abu Bakar Museum". Tourism Malaysia.
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