I was a bit frustrated to saw the gate to Istana Kenangan was closed on friday . Will definitely come again to see the royal artifacts displayed inside Istana Kenangan.
Istana kenangan is also known as Istana Lembah or Istana Tepas.Originally it was built as a temporary mausoleum for Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Iskandar shah, while awaiting the completion of Istana Iskandariah . The building has now been converted into the Perak Royal Museum that exhibits the history of the monarchy and houses the heritage of the Perak State and the personal collections of the sultans who once govern the state of Perak.
The building was built in 1926 and is unique in its local architecture for its design and fine built as well as its construction which was without the employment of a single nail.The plan or view from the top of the building shows the shape of a sword in its scabbard.The handle of the sword is where the sultan's bed chamber is located . The scabbard is the BALAI RONG SERI of the istana.Although small in size , it possesses a beautiful Sultan throne .The facade of the walls is made of diamond shaped plaits , while the structure of the roof is said to inherit the combined styles of the five ridges(perabung lima) and the ridge of a row of bananas(perabung pisang sesikat) .It original roof was made of wooden plank.