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Beautiful Building with perfectly manicured gardens

The Astana is the official resident of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak / the Governor of Sarawak and is not normally open to public. It is also one of the most prominent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The Astana is the official resident of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak / the Governor of Sarawak and is not normally open to public. It is also one of the most prominent landmarks of Kuching; right opposite Kuching Waterfront. We decided to take the tambang / local boat (RM 0.50) across the river to have a closer look at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Astana was built in 1870 by Charles Brooke who was the Second White Rajah of Sarawak and he presented the residence building as a wedding gift to his wife, Ranee Margaret. The Astana is not an outstanding architectural structure though it was built with well manicured grass patch in a peaceful and tranquil tropical environment by the riverside of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Strolling long the waterfront, you won't miss this famous landmark. This is the residence of the governor of Kuching. Unfortunately, it's closed for public since it's a functional home. You can take fotos from the waterfront, or cross the river and take fotos from the gate. You can't visit Kuching without having a photo taken with this landmark

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Kuching, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

it is a castle so called for the ruler of the town but you can't get in and there is nothing special or unique about it. once you cross the river with the boat. and just walk around it. seriously nothing special. so just stay at the other side of the river..DO not cross it to get to Astana. waste... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Yes, who doesn't recognize this white building across the Kuching Waterfront. It is called Astana, the place where Kuching Governor lived. It is closed for public. Only can take picture from the other side. I am sure it is one of the landmark for Kuching. You can cross by river taxi to here. But only can take photo at the... More 

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Pontianak, Indonesia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I expected to have lunch here since I heard they will have "Open House" once a year. Turns out they do not held such event anymore. We can't even go in and see the interior. From outside you can just see it and... done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

built for the second Rajahs wife it is a grand white low building on the quieter side of the river.Unfortunately the Government chose to erect a state buiding of immense size very close to it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

It looks lovely at night when it is lit up and you are across the river from it. Worth walking by to see the lights.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Only open one day per year functions as residence for Governor, so hard to open to public, grounds look immaculate. Good centrepoint for central Kuching

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

It is not open to the public ( I heard that it will open only one day a year on Hari Raya's day). Therefore, I can just comment on what I can see from outside and across the river. It's white building , well maintained and decorated with the wording ASTANA placed on the lawn by the river bank. This... More 

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