The 2016 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya is made more majestic with this year’s inclusion of the Johor Royal Palace as its 4th Royal Garden iteration that had begun with Kedah, Selangor and last year’s Negeri Sembilan.
The impressive splendid flower garden is set to awe visitors during the 9 magical days at this year’s Royal FLORIA Putrajaya with the sense of grandiose with a symmetrically designed garden with ornate carpets of floral designs by way of design cues from the traditional motives of Bunga Gambir (Gambier Flower) and Lada Hitam (Black Pepper), two of Johor’s mainstay crops at the turn of the 19th century.
Beds of colourful annuals, decorated with flower troughs and a water feature with Jata Johor (Johor’s Coat of Arms) will greet anyone as they walk through the ornamental front entrance. Above the water feature is the replica of the arch that bears the Johor Royal Crown that can be found at Istana Bukit Serene, the official residence of the Sultan. This palace is located in Johor Bharu overlooking the Straits of Johor with a bird’s eye view of Singapore. It was completed in 1933, making it one of the oldest residential palaces in Malaysia.
At the centre of the composition will be a display of 2 flanking arcade structures adorning flags representing 10 of Johor’s administrative districts.
The façade of the Istana Besar (Grand Palace) towers as the iconic key feature of the 2016 Royal Garden. The distinctive facet of its Anglo-Malay architecture characterised by its dome of Malay design contrasted with its blue roof of Anglo influence and the grand steps leading to the main hall makes it an impressive and imposing sight indeed. The actual palace is located in Johor Baru too and was built in 1866. Today the palace functions as the main royal ceremonial venue and also The Royal Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, a living museum which houses a good collection of royal heirloom, impressive array of rare artefacts and records of the history of the state’s royal family.
Fronting the Istana Besar’s façade is a semi-circular stage area whereby cultural troupes of Johor will be carrying out traditional Johor’s folk performances.
Royal FLORIA Putrajaya will continue to seek novel ways to safeguard the sanctity of the monarchy and our cultural heritage and fashion ways to incorporate it to our prestigious flower and garden festival. Visit us this 27th May to 4th June 2016, the magic beckons.