The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we were picked up at the hotel lobby for our scheduled city tour.  It surprised me how our Indian guide compressed our interesting itinerary in a nutshell. First in the itinerary was the Istana Negara (National Palace), the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia.

Main Gate of the National Palace

The 11.34-hectare palace grounds are not opened to members of the public or tourists but the Main Palace Entrance is a favorite picture spot for tourists. The royal insignia of the king is placed on each steel bar between two pillars of the fence. At each side of the  main entrance are two guard box that shelter two members of the cavalry.  We were allowed to pose with a mounted royal guard in colorful full dress uniform as well as armed guard wearing the traditional samping.

Posing with a Guard Wearing the Traditional Samping

Istana Negara: Jalan Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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