Istana Budaya Theatre
The Palace of Culture, or more familiarly known as Istana Budaya, is Malaysia's national theatre. This prominent landmark is on the Top Ten list of most sophisticated theatres in the world.
The building's architecture is impressive with its various blend of Malay culture, and the site which is nearby Lake Titiwangsa, makes the Istana Budaya even more attractive.
The building represents the country and its culture in many ways. The traditional Malay house is reflected in the overall design of the building, whose roof resembles a traditional floral and leaf arrangement. The Malaysian wau or kite is used as a design motif for the theatre's interior especially its floor.
Carrying the architecural design of a Malay house further, the layout of the building follows closely the verandah (serambi) for the lobby, the living room for the auditorium and the kitchen for the stage and adjoining rehearsal area.
This RM210mil complex is used for local as well as foreign art and cultural performances.
How to get there
If traveling by bus, alight at the Tawakal Medical Centre bus stop in Jalan Pahang. Cross the road and go on to Persiaran Titiwangsa 3. Then walk on for another 15 minutes to reach the Istana Budaya. Buses plying the route is Intrakota No. 10, 49 and 49A.
If you are driving and coming from Jalan Ipoh or Jalan Pahang, take the Jalan Tun Razak turn. When you reach the Istana Budaya, turn left into Jalan Kuantan and you will come to the car parks. If you are coming from the east side of the city, then turn in to Jalan Tun Razak all the same and go on until you see the Jalan Pahang roundabout. Make a 6-o'clock turn to get to the opposite side of Jalan Tun Razak. A little distance ahead is the Istana Budaya.
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