Istana Jahar

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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia812 contributions
Abundance of Information on the respective Ceremonies
Sep 2020
Our 1st tourist attraction of the day after checking-in would be the Istana Jahar. The word “istana” means “palace”. It was built in 1887 during the reign of Sultan Muhammad II for his grandson, Long Kundur Bendahara. When Long Kundur became the Sultan, he had made Istana Jahar his residence. However, the palace was named “Istana Jahar” only during the reign of his successor, Sultan Muhammad IV when he came back from visiting Singapore & made repairs to the palace. The name “Jahar” was taken from a tree which grew on the palace grounds. Upon Sultan Muhammad IV’s death, his son became the ruler & made Istana Jahar his residence. He was the last ruler to use Istana Jahar as the official Royal residence.

Istana Jahar is now used as the Royal Kelantan Customs Museum. It is open daily except for Friday from 8:30 am – 4:45 pm. There is an entrance fee of RM2 for Malaysian adults & RM1 for children. International visitors are charged RM4 & RM2, respectively. Visitors are told to take off their shoes before entering. And there’s a huge carriage In front of the entrance for that Instagram photo.

The Museum showcases the many Royal ceremonies practiced in earlier times. Some of these ceremonies may be against the Islamic teachings which is ironic especially since Kelantan is supposed to be the most religious state. Amongst the rituals include those relating to weddings, child birth, circumcisions, head-shaving & bathing. Various types of textiles, jewellery & brass items were also on display. A huge balcony lies on the 1st floor. Accordingly, that is where the Royal family would convene before any major events.

At the back of the palace, there is another building featuring weapons like the keris, the Malay traditional weapon. There were also canoes positioned under the building. A gazebo which is called the “Royal Platform” was built in front of Istana Jahar to perform the ceremonial bathing before royal weddings & circumcisions.

While there was a plethora of information given, it was most embarrassing to note the many grammatical & spelling errors in the write-ups.

Overall, it was quite an eye-opener to a local tourist like myself regarding the Kelantanese customs & ceremonies.
Written 4 November 2020
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Muiz
Kuantan, Malaysia23 contributions
Muzium Istiadat Perkahwinan Diraja
Oct 2019 • Family
It tell you how previous Sultan and family get married. Inside here,there are collections of weddings equipment.Behind of this palace also located a house they called muzium senjata
Written 9 October 2019
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Jo-Ann
Shanghai, China14,098 contributions
Authentic and rich knowledge for all
Sep 2019 • Couples
I loved this museum. Only thing is we are not allowed to take photos inside. Entrance fee is RM2 per person. The museum is rich with all royal traditions and cultures. Good to see and read. Each culture has its room/section so it is very well organized. Do visit.
Written 15 September 2019
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Wan Ersyad
6 contributions
Great for History Enthusiasts
Dec 2018
This place may give you boredom if you are not into history, but if you are one of the history junkies, this is a place you may want to visit if you got the time. It shows the culture and customs of old local royalties. There is a section for old weaponry in a different building at the back of the main one, easily to miss it not well explore. Contents could be added more though, perhaps with continuation to current royalties. Cheap entrance fee and a lot of parking space. Situated to next of still-in-use traditional palace, so can feel the old royal environment. A walking distance from here is the nasi ulam kampung kraftangan, great place to crash while waiting for lunch if you are early.
Written 25 August 2019
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Aqilah
9 contributions
Traditional palace
Oct 2018 • Friends
Good place to go if you wanna know about traditional palace and royalty. Also it has nice traditional architecture .
Written 23 August 2019
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joelle-leona
cha-am, thailand645 contributions
interesting
Feb 2019 • Couples
enjoyed visiting this place with its colourful building and nice surrounding grounds with its beautifully painted long boat and old carriage
Written 9 April 2019
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pianocello
Shah Alam, Malaysia1,108 contributions
Visit
Mar 2019 • Family
While the exhibits won't make you go wow, there are interesting for a thirty minute visit. The building is beautiful. Considering the lack of really good attractions in Kelantan, this is one of the better ones.
Written 25 March 2019
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Jane A
Keningau, Malaysia8 contributions
Visit istana
Nov 2018 • Family
Entrance fee is affordable, I think it's less than RM 5. Educational & inspiring exhibition. You can take picture outside only.
Written 19 November 2018
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Ong HM
Malaysia621 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2018 • Solo
The front of the museum is in maintenance. What I like the most is the collection of the Malay daggers and weapons in the museum.
Written 6 November 2018
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李智优
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia49,610 contributions
Cultural Museum
Sep 2018 • Family
The best place to learn the living style of Kelantanese. Educational tour & cost only RM2/adult. Ample of parking in front of the museum
Written 8 September 2018
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