Galleri Sultan Azlan Shah Kuala Kangsar.
Also known Istana Kota, this former palace was built in 1903 by Sultan Idris Mursyidul Azam Shah, the 28th Sultan of Perak.The architect of the palace was Capt Maurice Cameron. The architecture was a fusion of Acehnese, Victorian and Indian. The building has high beams, wide halls, ornate marble floors and winding iron staircases complete with secret hideouts and lookout points.
The palace is now a museum called the Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah showcasing memorabilia and personal items belonging to the present Sultan of Perak, including the present Sultan’s personal effects from his schooldays, his sporting days and the days of his legal career to the country’s Chief Justice and then Lord President.There is also a separate wing showing the royal motorcars and patrol cars.
The Istana Kenangan is a charming wooden yellow and black painted building that was one of the best buildings I came across in my time in Malaysia. Also known as Istana Lembah and Istana Tepas, it’s located a short distance from Istana Iskandariah and the Ubudiah Mosque. It was built around the same time as the current royal palace, Istana Iskandariah. After the calamity of the Big Flood of 1926, when the original palace, Istana Sri Sayong, was almost swept away, a decision was made to build a new palace on higher ground. Istana Kenangan was built as a temporary mausoleum for the late Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Iskandar Shah (Marhum Kadasallah), while awaiting the completion of the Istana Iskandariah. Today, it houses the Perak Royal Museum with a few exhibits on the royal family.