The Carcosa Seri Negara is known as a luxurious hotel which was originally built in 1904. Back in those days, this hotel was built as an official residence for the highest British representative to the Malay states. It is located in the lush landscapes of the Lake Gardens at the district of Kuala Lumpur.
Until today, the Carcosa Seri Negara is still well-liked by many due to its interesting history. As briefly mentioned earlier, this building was initially built for Sir Frank Swettenham, the first British High Commissioner in Malaya. He was the Resident-General of the Federated Malay States at that time. We know that it is originally built for whom but do we know who designed such a beautiful building? Well, it was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, who was a British architect and a soldier. Not only he had designed the Carcosa Seri Negara but also few other important buildings in British Malaya such as the Kuala Lumpur railway station and the Jamek Mosque.
As times goes by and after serving as a hotel, the Carcosa Seri Negara had created some history. For example, the hotel was appointed as the temporary residence for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the time when the 1989 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was held in the city of Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is closed down for business right after the lease expiry in December 2015. In addition, it is now under the care of the property and land management division of the country’s Prime Minister Department. The Carcosa Seri Negara is also designated as one of the heritage building of the country, being protected by the National Heritage Act. This building is also considered as one of the attractions for many tourists or travelers who wish to seek for a genuine Malaysian experience.