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Carcosa Seri Negara, Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
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Address: Persiaran Mahameru, Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Postcode (Poskod): 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2295 0888
Fax: +603 2282 7888
Area: Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (KL / WP)
Jurisdiction: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur DBKL - KL City Hall (See Local Govt / KL Map)

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Directions: On Jalan Mahameru (southbound), proceed towards the direction of Istana Negara. Head towards the ramp on the left to KL Sentral, opposite the back of Muzium Negara. Take the first exit on left as you approach the ramp. The road is narrow, winding and normally deserted. After a short distance, you will see the entrance to Carcosa on your left.

If you are approaching from Jalan Parlimen, you can enter the same road at a turnoff on your left after the Lake Club junction. Be wary of suicidal joggers running on the center of the road during the evenings.

Info / Insights: Located in the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, the building started construction in 1896. The first Resident-General of Malaya, Sir Frank Swettenham moved into the bungalow in 1904. The Carcosa served as the official residence of the highest ranking British representative to the Malay States and Malaya until the the Japanese Occupation in 1941.

In 1936, Swettenham explained that the name was derived from verses from a book (The King In Yellow) he read earlier. The verses quoted the Lost Carcosa. He suggested that the author may have coined it from the Italian words cara and casa, meaning ''desirable dwelling''. The Lost Carcosa name turned out to be prophetic.

The building was handed back after the war. Near independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman presented the building back to the British as a token of goodwill. It was used as the residence for subsequent British High Commissioners to Malaysia.

In the 80's, insecure local politicians campaigned for the landmark's return. It didn't help that the Carcosa stood on higher grounds and overlooked the nearby Parliament building. Carcosa was again returned to the Government of Malaysia in 1987 and turned into a luxury hotel.

It was restored to its former glory and re-named Carcosa Seri Negara. The all-suites boutique hotel hosted Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during their visit to the 1989 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Today, the heritage hotel opens its rooms to honeymoon couples and its halls to those hosting wedding banquets. It is also a venue for product launches and corporate events. The hotel is actually made up of two separate colonial mansions; namely The Carcosa and Seri Negara. I am not sure if the hotel still serve afternoon tea and scones on its manicured lawns and airy terraces.

Nearby Landmarks: Southeast Asia Regional Centre For Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), Parliament Building, KL Bird Park, Royal Lake Club, National Museum

Surroundings: Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Mahameru, Bukit Damansara, Tasik Perdana (Lake Gardens), Lake Club, Tasik Perdana, National Monument (Tugu Negara), KL Sentral, Federal Hill, Bangsar, Damansara Town Center
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Nearby Hotels: Duta Vista, Peninsula Residence, KL Hilton, The Meridien (see Hotel Listings)

Nearest Train Station: KL Sentral LRT Station, Bank Negara KTM Komuter Station
Nearest Police Station:
Balai Polis Travers, Tel: 03 2282 4222
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GPS Coordinates: N3 08.509 E101 40.915
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