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Istana Budaya in Malaysia

Istana Budaya

Istana Budaya – The National theatre of Malaysia

Istana Budaya or ‘the Palace of Culture’ is the National Theatre of  Malaysia and one of the most popular tourist spots. The National Symphony Orchestra and National Choir organize various concerts, ballets, operas, and operettas. Local as well as international artists and musicians perform live concerts and shows here. Music and art lovers frequent the Theatre. Located next to the National Art Gallery and on the Jalan Tun Razak, Istana Budaya is listed among ‘top ten most sophisticated theaters’ in the world.

Designed by a Malay architect, Muhammad Kamar Ya’akub, the intense architectural design of the rooftops and the doors is based on the traditional Malay floral motifs like betel leaves and the flying moon kite. The interiors of the National Theatre are intricately designed using the finest quality marbles of the Malay Langkawi. The interior doors and windows of the Theatre Hall are made from the highest quality tropical woods, which are beautifully designed and crafted by professional hands. The ambience leaves an everlasting impact on visitors. Inspired by the traditional Malay opera or Mak Yong, the experts and the architects of the National Theatre were careful while embellishing the entrance hall and the lobby with luxuriant carpets detailed with traditional Malay motifs like Cempaka flowers and the banyan trees.

Istana Budaya Cafe

The cafeteria in Istana Budaya serves the most delicious Malaysian and Western cuisines at reasonable rates. The quality of food and the services is just excellent. The visitors can also enjoy the most delightful food and drinks at the Community Front during the break between the live concerts and ballet performances.


The Theatre offers free parking facilities for private vehicles. Guided tours are also available. The rates vary, so it is suggested to check the official site before visiting this place.


  • There is a dress code to enter the Theatre. No shorts are allowed for girls. Men should not wear any sleeveless shirts while visiting the Theatre. A decent attire is welcomed.
  • Make your reservations in advance to avoid hassles.

Istana Budaya Map

Facts about Istana Budaya

  • Though the idea of establishing this grand cultural theatre had sprouted in 1964, construction started in 1995, and took around three years to complete.
  • The Sari Hall can accommodate up to 1,412 people at a time.
  • It spans over 5.44 hectares of land.

Where is Istana Budaya?

Istana Budaya is located at about 55.7 km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport via the MEX/E20 Route. It can be reached by bus, car, and taxi. The Light Train Transit also provides connectivity to the Theatre.
Address: Istana Budaya, Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaa, Jalan Tun Razak, 50694, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Malaysia is between March and early October. During this time, there is less humidity and rain. You may plan your trip to the Theatre during this period.


Istana Budaya opens from Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. while on Saturdays, Sundays, and Ticket Price

Istana Budaya Ticket

Ticket prices are determined by the production of each performance and are usually between RM20 – RM250 depending on the type of show.


What are the coordinates of Istana Budaya?
3.1333° N, 101.7000° E

Which are the famous attractions in the city of Kuala Lumpur?
Batu Caves, Aquaria KLCC, Petronas Tower, Bukit Bintang, Thean Hou Temple, KLCC Park, and Sin Sze Si Ya Temple.


Published On: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014