Kota Baru’s Palace of the Large Audience Hall February 20, 2008Posted by asianpixmen in Craft, Culture, Malaysia, Places.
For any first time visitor to Kota Baru in Kelantan, the State is a fascinating place. The beaches are of course stupendous. Not like the small ones on the west coast of Malaysia.
KB has a number of palaces. The one photographed from the verandah of Istana Baru is called Istana Balai Besar or Palace of the Large Audience Hall. It is surrounded by huge walls. It is closed to the public, and is used only for official functions like investiture or other ceremonies.
Istana Balai Besar was constructed in 1840 by Sultan Muhamad. The fact that it is out of bounds to the ordinary man in the street lends it an air of mystery. That is because nobody is allowed to treat it like a public place. The air of historical importance hangs in the air around this ancient palace.
So the next time, you happen to be in the vicinity like walking about Istana Batu, go up to the verandah and take a peek.