Istana Budaya, National Theatre, Kuala Lumpur
Among the top ten most sophisticated theatres in the world, Istana Budaya (meaning ‘Palace of Culture’) is proud to be the first theatre in Asia equipped with cutting-edge stage equipment that is on par with the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Istana Budaya has been a dream for the performing arts community of Malaysia for more than two decades. It is responsible for the development of all forms of theatrical art in Malaysia. It is also the permanent home of the National Theatre Company and the National Symphony Orchestra.
The main building takes the form of the ‘sirih junjung’ (a traditional arrangement of betel leaves used in Malay weddings and welcoming ceremonies), and is divided by function, based on a traditional Malay house.
The interior of the Istana Budaya is something you won’t want to miss as it is built from Langkawi marble and decorated with tropical wooden doors which feature hand-carved flower and leaf motifs. In short, this place is a work of art in and of itself.
Both the National Art Gallery and Istana Budaya are located outside the Lake Titiwangsa Gardens, north of the city center.
Istana Budaya (National Theatre) is situated at the junction of Jl Tun Razak and Jl Kuantan.
Take any Len Seng-operated bus from Lebuh Ampang or from along Jl Raja Laut and get off at the hospital stop.