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Kuching, Malaysia
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

The achitecture is castle like and makes for a nice focal point and landmark as you stroll along the Esplanade. We were told that it is gated not open to the public, so we admired it from afar.

Thank seafare74
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

All you can hope for here is a view across the river to the compound, or a closer view if you take a boat along the river. Entry inside seems to be restricted to official visitors only. It's an attractive looking structure though so make...More

Thank KGB777
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

to see is exactly a far photo view, It is the governor's home, i is not open to the public, it was guilted in 1869.

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Reviewed 6 October 2015

We could only admire this impressive building from the gates which was a shame. The journey across the river to Astana is something else - doesn't take long but weight distribution in the boat is critical. The place looks fantastic at night. When we first...More

Thank Colourwolfy
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

nothing much to be said about this places, however the way to get here is much rather interesting and scary. U had to paid RM1 which equal to $0.23USD for u to get on the "perahu" or boat, it's just a 5 minutes crossover from...More

Thank redmoonSAMURAI
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Reviewed 24 September 2015

This building is open to the public. Just take a 1 hour Kuching river cruise from anywhere on the waterfront to get a close up view

Thank macedonboy
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

The Astana is the official resident of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak / the Governor of Sarawak and is not normally open to public. It is also one of the most prominent landmarks of Kuching; right opposite Kuching Waterfront. We decided to take the tambang...More

Thank Gerard R
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Reviewed 22 July 2015

The Astana was built in 1870 by Charles Brooke who was the Second White Rajah of Sarawak and he presented the residence building as a wedding gift to his wife, Ranee Margaret. The Astana is not an outstanding architectural structure though it was built with...More

3  Thank soh_kien_peng
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Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Strolling long the waterfront, you won't miss this famous landmark. This is the residence of the governor of Kuching. Unfortunately, it's closed for public since it's a functional home. You can take fotos from the waterfront, or cross the river and take fotos from the...More

Thank WanderLustDavao
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Reviewed 23 May 2015

it is a castle so called for the ruler of the town but you can't get in and there is nothing special or unique about it. once you cross the river with the boat. and just walk around it. seriously nothing special. so just stay...More

1  Thank Nur Zawani Z
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