Astana

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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,528 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
As this is the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak, the palace is not opened to visitors. The only time it is opened is during the Hari Raya celebration where the gate is open to visitors. Very attractive grounds outside.
Written 3 September 2022
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rftu
Newry, UK1,043 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A pleasant enough place situated overlooking the riverside. It’s easy to catch the ferry (one Idr per person per trip ) across instead of the long walk over the bridge. Nice for photographs but not an amazing must visit place.
Written 28 December 2019
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,245 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The best photographic views of the Astana are either from the Kuching town river bank of part way across the Golden Anniversary Bridge. It is an impressive Colonial building built in the 1870’s but is now occupied by the Governor and is in need of some maintenance. It is not open to the public which I think is mistake as I am sure it would be a great tourist attraction.
Written 29 October 2019
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fudge2012oz
Melbourne55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Great to look at from a distance, but you can't go inside. When you get up close there is a lot of maintenance needed. Sad to see it looking a bit run down!
Written 10 July 2019
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Minn Ng
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Travel with friends. Astana means palace. Official residence for Sarawak Governer. You cant really go near, but you can view it from Kuching Waterfront side. You can take picture of the Astana or taking your picture with Astana as your background
Written 25 March 2019
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reynold2016
Singapore, Singapore20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
A relic of British colonalism. Could be exploited for the good of present-day Kuching economy if it is turned into a pay-to-visit tourist attraction.
Written 25 March 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,772 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Astana sits on th north bank of the Sarawak River and was built in 1870 by the second white Rajah of Sarawak Charles Brooke as a gift fo his wife.It is now the Governors residence and an impressive white building but not open to the public.
Written 23 March 2019
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Muhammad Umar
75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
we can only see this residence from across the river, or front the darul hana bridge. nothing more. it's not for peasant like me.the said the astana is only open for official event. unless you are a goverment official then nope. you can only see this place from far away.
Written 20 January 2019
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yangrizal
Marang, Malaysia172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
The Astana is a palace in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on the north bank of the Sarawak River, opposite the Kuching Waterfront. It is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, the Governor of Sarawak. The name is a variation of 'istana', meaning 'palace'. It was built in 1870 by the second White Rajah, Charles Brooke, as a wedding gift to his wife, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt. The palace is not normally open to the public, although the landscaped gardens are, which can be reach by a boat ride across the Sarawak River.

The Astana, then called Government House, was built in 1870 by the second White Rajah, Charles Brooke, as a wedding gift to his wife, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt. The couple married at Highworth, Wiltshire on 28 October 1869 and she was raised to the title of Ranee of Sarawak with the style of Her Highness upon their marriage.

Ranee Margaret arrived in Sarawak in 1870, and the royal couple then occupied The Astana as their main home. She later reminisced about life in The Astana and colonial Borneo in her memoir My Life in Sarawak, which was published in 1913.

Brooke is said to have cultivated betel nut in a small plantation behind the Astana, so that he could offer fresh betel nut to visiting Dayak chiefs.
Written 16 December 2018
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Billythefish1
Southport, UK1,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Residence of the Leader of Sarawak so you cant go in and walk around the buidling or gardens but still the chance to take a few photos and combine it with the Orchid Gardens
Written 1 December 2018
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