Siak Palace is settled in Siak regency, Riau, as the heritage from the biggest Islam Malay kingdom in Riau at ancient time. This palace was build since 1889, during the reign of Sultan Assyaidis Syarif Hasyim Abdul Jalil Syaifuddin.
Siak kingdom was an empire that stood for more than two centuries, in 1723 until 1946. The first Siak Kingdom was a fraction of the Malay Kingdom, between Sultan Abdul Jalil Rahmat Syah (Little King) and Sultan Suleiman whose assisted by the Bugis. Sultan Abdul Jalil finally eliminated and moved to Johor, Bintan, Bengkalis, and finally the remote area around Siak River.
At Siak Palace, you can see a wide collection of royal heritage in the form of a gilded throne chair, royal crown duplicate, royal safe, spears, royal umbrella, the bronze statue of Queen Wihemina, as well as comet music instrument. Currently, several collections from this Palace are stored in the National Museum in Jakarta.
Istana Siak has architecture which blend betweet Malay, Arab and European, which is also known as Eastern Sun Palace and the original name as Assiyaratul Hasyimiah. The palace walls are decorated by ceramics that were imported from France. The building has two-stories, where on the bottom floor is divided into 6 courtrooms, the honored guest room, a living room for men, living room for women, and the courtroom which is also a royal party room. While the upstair is includes 9 rooms for Sultan and space for the royal guests.
The palace is now functioned as offices, houses, inns, and shops by the residents. Numbers of Siak palace and hundreds of heirlooms inside are managed by Yayasan Amanah Sultan Syarif Kasim where the managers are still descendants of Sultan Siak.
Siak Palace opening hours are Monday-Thursday and Saturday, at 9 a.m. to 16:00 pm. In Friday this place is closes at 9:00 to 11:00 and will reopen at 13:45 to 16:00 pm. The amission tickets for adults is Rp3.000,00 and for children is Rp2.000,00.
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