Architecture in Malaysia is a combination of many styles, from Islamic and Chinese styles to those brought by European colonists. Malay architecture has changed due to these influences. Houses in the north are similar to those in Thailand, while those in the south are similar to those in Java. New materials, such as glasses and nails, were brought in by Europeans, changing the architecture. Houses are built for tropical conditions, raised on stilts with high roofs and large windows, allowing air to flow through the house and cool it down. Wood has been the main building material for much of Malaysia’s history; it is used for everything from the simple kampung to royal palaces. In Negeri Sembilan traditional houses are entirely free of nails. Besides wood, other common materials such as bamboo and leaves were used. The Istana Kenangan in Kuala Kangsar was built in 1926, and it the only Malay palace with bamboo walls. The Orang Asal of East Malaysia live in longhouses and water villages. Longhouses are elevated and on stilts, and can house 20 to 100 families. Water villages are also built on stilts, with houses connected with planks and most transport by boats.
The Mangga Tunggal Palace was originally inhabited the father of the late Pahang Queen who at that time was also the first Chief Minister of Pahang. The name of Mangga Tunggal is taken from the mango tree planted at the palace area that only produces only one fruit each season.
The construction of the palace was built in 1920 completed in 1934. It was constructed by a skilled Malay craftsman called Awang Mat Ali. This one-story palace which made of wood and the stone pillars still stand till today and is located near the Abu Bakar Palace.
The Mangga Tunggal Palace used to be the residence of His Highness Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah before the Sultan moved to his new residence at the Abu Bakar Palace in 1974. This palace is where His Highness was born in 1930. This palace is also where the current Sultan Pahang whom is Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was born and raised.
Source: Visit Malaysia Today
Country of origin: Malaysia