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Sultan Museum (Royal Kedah Museum) description and photos - Malaysia: Alor Setar. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Royal Kedah Museum.
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The Sultan, or Royal, Museum was built in 1736 by the nineteenth Sultan of Kedah, who is known as the founder of the city of Alor Setar. The original building was wooden and had no chance of surviving during those turbulent times. In the 1770s, the city was attacked by warlike Bugis from neighboring Indonesia. In the twenties of the XIX century, other neighbors attacked Alor Setar - from Siam (modern Thailand).
In the middle of the XIX century, a stone palace was erected on the site of a destroyed wooden palace - at the behest of the then Sultan. He rebuilt the palace for his wife Mac Van Besar. Until now, old-timers sometimes call the Sultan Museum the Van Besar Palace.
At the beginning of the last century, Sultan Abdul-Hamid Halim Shah arranged a grand wedding for his five children in the palace. The space of the palace was extended with a pavilion, and additional living quarters for guests were added. The magnificent wedding celebration lasted three months. After that, the building received another name - "Pelamin Palace".
Later in the palace there was a school, then it was used as the office of several departments, including a charitable medical organization and a representative of the scout movement.
Since 1983, the Sultan Museum has been located in the palace. His collection includes antique furniture, household items of the ruling family, regalia donated by members of the Kedakh sultan's family. A large number of documents and photographs are exhibited.
Part of the museum is dedicated to the first prime minister of independent Malaysia, who was born in this palace, in the family of Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah.
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