Come on, Explore 5 ‘Old Age’ Palaces of Indonesia that Still Stand Strong


There are still many relics of the kingdoms scattered in Indonesia that can be found. One of them is the royal palace.

Before becoming a state as it is today, Indonesia used to consist of many kingdoms spread over various regions. There are the kingdoms of Kutai, Sriwijaya, Tarumanegara, Demak, Majapahit, to Samudera Pasai.

Each of these areas has a king and territory to run the government at that time. Not only that, each kingdom also has a strong and unique building.

Well, until now there is still a well-maintained and standing royal palace, you know. You can still visit and learn history there. Where are you?

Here’s the royal palace that stands strong:

1. Maimun Palace Medan

The palace, which is located in the city of Medan, North Sumatra, is the Royal Palace of Deli which was built by its king named Sultan Maimun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah. This building was designed by an Italian architect with a blend of Malay (Islamic), Spanish, Indian and Italian styles.

Maimun Palace is one of the icons of Medan City Photo: detik

The color of this palace is yellow, typical of Malay with wide doors and windows like most European buildings. In addition, the influence of Islam is also seen in the shape of the roof which is curved like an overturned boat.

Maimun Palace was built on a land area of ​​2,772 m² while the building area of ​​772 m². Until now, the Maimun Palace is no longer used as a residence for the sultan but has turned into a tourist spot where people can see the relics of the Maimun Sultanate.

2. Sekala Palace Brak Lampung

In the south of Sumatra Island, precisely in Lampung, there is also a kingdom, namely the Sekala Brak Kingdom. His palace is called the Slow Building.

This palace has a slow building in the form of a stage and two floors. The rooms in Lamban Gedung are generally similar to traditional folk houses, such as the family room, bedroom, back room, kitchen, and room for washing furniture. Meanwhile, the Lamban Gedung Attic is usually used for storage of traditional goods.

For the Lamban Gedung roof, it has a pointed shape with one center in the middle. Lamban Gedung is also decorated with ornamental carvings in the form of plants and animals.

3. Alwatzikhoebillah Sambas Istana Palace

One of the kingdoms in West Kalimantan is the Kingdom of Sambas. This kingdom has a palace heritage called Alwatzikhoebillah Palace.

sambas palaceSambas Palace Photo: (Syanti/detikcom)

This palace is located on the edge of the confluence of the Subah River, Sambas Kecil River, and the Teberau River. The Sambas Sultanate Palace consists of three buildings in a row with the building in the middle being the main building.

That is where the Sultan of Sambas carries out his daily activities. Then, the building on the left is a place to entertain guests and the building on the right is used to prepare the needs of the sultan and his family. The three buildings are interconnected.

4. Sumenep Palace

The Sumenep Palace, which is located in Sumenep City, East Java, is a legacy of the Sumenep kings who once ruled.

The Sumenep Palace was built by Lauw Piango, a Chinese national. The concept of the palace building is also unique because it uses a combination of Javanese, Arabic, Chinese, and European styles in its design.

The entrance gate to the palace is known as labhang mesem which means ‘smile gate’ which symbolizes the friendliness of the Sumenep people to everyone who comes to the palace.

Currently, part of the palace is used as a museum, while the pendopo is often used as a place for government events and art and cultural performances.


5. Kedaton Tidore

The Tidore Sultanate Palace, also known as Kedaton Kie, is located in Tidore City, North Maluku. Kedaton Kie is located in a hilly area directly facing the sea.

This palace was founded during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Tidore in 1810. Kedaton Kie is a two-story building that stands on an area of ​​150 meters x 100 meters.


The front of the kedaton is a prism with a hexagonal pyramid roof. The back of the kedaton is rectangular with a pyramid-like roof that resembles a trapezoid.

In 1912, there was an internal conflict in the kingdom which resulted in total destruction of Kedaton Kie. However, at this time, Kedaton Kie has been rebuilt in a form that is adapted to the condition of Kedaton before it was damaged.

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