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Address: Kuching, Malaysia
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Landmark of Kuching

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2014
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Kuching, Malaysia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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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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Borneo
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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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Lismore, Australia
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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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Phuket,
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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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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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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
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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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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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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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