Saturday, September 13, 2008
Istana Melawati is the second national palace of Malaysia's Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Putrajaya after the Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur. Istana Melawati is situated on the highest point of Putrajaya (Presint 1), at 125 metres above sea level, which giving ti a commanding view of the city.
It is a royal retreat for His Majesty The Yang Dipertuan Agong (King of Malaysia) and his family members.
Istana Melawati is also the venue for certain official and private functions as well as meetings with other state Rulers and Chief Ministers, hosted by His Majesty.
It it the first palace in the country to fully adopt the concept of Malay Traditional Craft and architecture.
One popular feature of the Malay Arts incorporated in this building is the 'bumbung perabung lima' (five-ridge roof). Befitting the status of Istana Melawati as a Royal Palace, the roof forms are arranged on tiered levels-symbolising the prominent status of the building.