National Theatre, Kuala Lumpur (Istana Budaya)

Location: Kuala Lumpur

Location Info

Address: Jalan Tun Razak, 50694 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Office Number: +603 4026 5555

District » City Centre


The National Theatre was founded back in September 1999. It is the country's main venue for all sorts of theatre including classical concert, opera, musical theatre as well as operetta from both local and international artists. It is located just beside the National Art Gallery along the Jalan Tun Razak.


The National Theatre began its construction back in 1995 and was completed three years after that. It took a sum of RM210 million to complete. The theatre floor alone is 21,000 sq meter while the whole cultural complex is 54,400 sq meter. The design of the theatre was inspired based on a flying traditional moon kite. Interesting features of the building includes the intricate design of the foyer and the turquoise folds on the roof. The theatre lobby on the third floor is influenced by the Malay culture.

The auditorium is able to accommodate about 1412 people. The theatre was also the venue for many international productions like Tosca, La Boheme, Turandot and much more and they are accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra and choir. The Titiwangsa Lake Gardens is just close by from the National Theatre. The lake garden is a place to unwind and relax as there are many walkways for you to walk around the garden while enjoying the lush greenery.

There are also many facilities for outdoor activities here. Many people come to the lake garden for a good run or for cycling as the area is huge and there are proper pathways. The National Art Gallery is also one which should not be missed. Just residing beside the National Theatre, it houses over 2500 permanent pieces of artwork from local and international artists. From time to time, other exhibitions take place at the gallery as well.


The easiest way to get to the National Theatre is via taxi or driving here. You can also reach the park via the STAR LRT and stop at the Titiwangsa Station. Upon reaching the station, you can walk towards the National Theatre.