Carcosa Seri Negara
is historic government bungalow in Kuala Lumpur. It is located on a hillock above the Lake Gardens
, today called Taman Tasik Perdana. It is used to house foreign dignitaries on their official visits to the country. The gardens and the hotel were the work of one person, Sir Frank Swettenham, the first Resident-General of the Federated Malay States.
Swettenham had arrived in the still undeveloped Malaya in 1888. At that time Kuala Lumpur was a flourishing tin mining settlement. He marked out an area of the jungle which was cleared and landscaped. A stream flowing through the area was turned into a lake. This was how Frank Swettenham transformed the jungle into the Lake Gardens.
Carcosa Seri Negara
Jalan Kebun Bunga
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Carcosa Seri Negarahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:High_tea_at_Carcosa_Seri_Negara.jpg
mulberry leaves Kuala Lumpur
Location Map of Carcosa Seri Negara
On a hillock above the Lake Gardens, Swettenham built his official residence. Construction began in 1896 and in 1904, the bungalow called Carcosa - a name derived from the Italian cara cosa
, meaning "dear place" - was ready for his occupancy. Carcosa is also the name of a fictitious city in the Ambrose Bierce short story, An Inhabitant of Carcosa
(1891), which might also have inspired Swettenham with the name.
At about the same time that Carcosa was built, Swettenham also completed another building on an adjacent hillock. This he called King's House.
From the very start, Carcosa was the official residence of the highest British representative of the Federated Malay States. Seri Negara was a guest house used as the official residence of the Governor of the Straits Settlements whenever he comes over from Singapore.
During the Second World War, Carcosa was taken over by the Japanese Occupational Forces and turned into a Japanese Senior Officers' Army Mess. After the British takeover, it was used by the British Senior Officers until the appointment of a Chief Secretary. After Malaya gained independence, Carcosa became the official residence of the British High Commissioner, while King's House, now renamed Seri Negara, became the official guesthouse for the most important state visitors.
Carcosa became the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 1987. At that time, the two bungalow were administered together, and became known from then on as Carcosa Seri Negara. The transformation of the bungalows meant moving out the former drawing rooms and studies, replacing them with suites and banquet rooms.
Add your business/shop to my site
How would you like to have your business or shop added to this website, so that would-be customers can easily find you? This website provides place information of the whole world, with special emphasis on Malaysia and Singapore.
If you has a shop or business anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, with a physical location, you may have your shop listed on one of the pages of this site. For example, a shop in Cheras will be placed on the Cheras page, another in Kota Bharu is listed in the Kota Bharu page, and so on. You only need to pay a one-time fee, and your shop will be listed for you for as long as this site is still running. There are different placement plans available. To find out more, CONTACT ME
Visiting Kuala Lumpur? Get your hotel room here
Compare hotel room rates from different online booking websites, and choose the best for your trip.
If you're travelling somewhere, look for accommodation using the Search Hotel engine below. It helps you find the online booking site that offers the best rates for the room you want.
Going somewhere by express bus in Malaysia/Singapore?
Book your bus ticket online right here.
It is easy, safe and fast!.
Explore Kuala Lumpur with the Klang Valley LRT Network
About Timothy Tye
Welcome to my website, Discover with Timothy Tye
. I started it in 2003 to freely share information about places. Today it has close to thirty thousand pages. I have been writing this website full time since 1 November 2007, and continue to do so as a means to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. I am happy if the information I have assembled is useful to you. Please follow me on Facebook
As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News
to those who need it all over the world. If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form
. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook
Malaysia Travel Tips!
My Malaysia Travel Tips
has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor
, Negeri Sembilan
) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur
, Johor Bahru
, Cameron Highlands
, Kota Kinabalu
, Alor Setar
, Petaling Jaya
, Kota Bharu
, Kuala Terengganu
) and hundreds of smaller towns.
Singapore Travel Tips!
In addition to covering Malaysia, I have created the travel tips for Singapore. Please visit my Singapore Travel Tips
for browse through the pages there.
This website is hosted on Bluehost
, one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world.
Copyright © 2003-2018 Timothy Tye
. All Rights Reserved.