The Melawati Palace is located in Precinct 1, Putrajaya. Construction of the palace began in 1999 and was completed in 2002. It has a resort concept and serves as a retreat for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Melawati literally means guard’s tower.
Designed by Yang Mulia Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin, principal of Senibahri Arkitek architectural practice, the palace comprises four main components namely:
Royal Wing - Private quarters
Reception Wing - Ceremonial Reception Hall
Banquet Wing - Functions
Administrative Block - Offices
Three tall towers form a prominent structure at the side and centre of the palace. These towers represent old guard towers to be found in medieval Malay palaces. The 3 tiered roofs with intricate eaves details and clay 'buah butong' (appendages at the corners) provides an authentic attempt to replicate Malay traditional roof designs of the east coast. Inside the palace at the main staircase of the Meeting Wing, is a Melawati which is made from cengal wood topped with golden roof.
The Royal Wing consists the following components:
Royal Resting Room
Royal Banquet Room
Office of the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Office of the Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong
Royal Bath (Royal Swimming Pool)
Royal Guest House
Main Meeting Room
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