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 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.
On its annual calendar are international cultural and musical performances as well as concerts and ballet performances. To find out what events are on, just call the venue ahead of time.
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Istana Budaya (National Theatre) is on Jalan Tun Razak, next to the Heart Institute (locally known as IJN).