Singapore's lost palaces: Researcher locates 20 former istanas

Heritage researcher Sarafian Salleh holding an undated picture of Istana Engku Khalid when Radin Mas Primary School was operating out of it. The Pearl@Mount Faber condominium now occupies the spot. Mr Sarafian learnt that Singapore was once home to a
Heritage researcher Sarafian Salleh holding an undated picture of Istana Engku Khalid when Radin Mas Primary School was operating out of it. The Pearl@Mount Faber condominium now occupies the spot. Mr Sarafian learnt that Singapore was once home to as many as 30 istanas after studying archival research and conducting interviews.ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

Researcher locates 20 former istanas, once owned by various Malay communities' royals

Singaporeans generally know of two istanas in Singapore - the office of the Republic's President and Istana Kampong Glam, the present-day Malay Heritage Centre.

Heritage buffs might be familiar with another two: the Istana Woodneuk and the torn-down Istana Tyersall. These derelict buildings near the Singapore Botanic Gardens were once the palaces of Johor's former Temenggong Abu Bakar Daeng Ibrahim.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2020, with the headline 'Singapore's lost palaces'. Print Edition | Subscribe