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Kuching, Malaysia
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Ranked #20 of 34 attractions in Kuching
Type: Government Buildings
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126 reviews 126 reviews
56 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

.. as I was told it not possible to visit the Astana since it is now an official residence. However, from the river the building looks attractive and I am sure the interior is full of interest if one could visit the place!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

It's closed for the public. See it from the waterfront if you must. That's all you can do. If you accidently crossed over thinking you can see it, well, you can spend your time at the orchid garden nearby or the state assembly right next to it.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Went for hari raya aidilfitri (the celebrations at the end of Ramadan), where the house is open, in addition to the grounds, to the public with a free banquet. An amazing experience of Sarawak hospitality and a privilege to meet the governor and his wife. If you're in Kuching at the end of Ramadan go!

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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My guide said it was open to the public for one day a year on the first day of Hari Raya. Not so - that was VIPs and the public were allowed on the 2nd day (if formally dresssed). I didn't go back.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very nice house, currently the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak. Used to be occupied by Charles Brooke (one of the White Rajahs) who built the Brooke Dockyard which is across the Sarawak River. Not open to the public but you can take photos from outside. Nicely manicured garden. You can either drive there by car or take a... More

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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21 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Very beautiful house that is used by the Governor of Sarawak. Can only be viewed from the outside either from across the river or take the ferry over and catch it on the way to the orchid garden. All lit up at night.

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Kuala Lumpur
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

You can only enjoy good view from waterfront. Nice view during both day time and night time. Public are not allow to visit Astana.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It looks beautiful at night all lit up. Unfortunatly you cannot visit it. We drove up to it but were not allowed in

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Bangkok, Thailand
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30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

It's beautiful viewed from across the water or from a boat, but it's closed to the public. This was something that none of the locals or people at our hostel seemed aware of, and my friend and I spent quite a bit of time trying to visit it!

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