Istana Maziah which is situated on the edge of Bukit Puteri facing the South China Sea is the Terengganu state insignia. The beautiful and interesting two-storey palace is the state historical palace.
The palace was built during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III. According to historical records, the foundation stone laying ceremony was held in 1895 and construction was initiated soon after. However, construction was temporarily stalled for some time and the palace was finally completed in 1903.
Sultan Zainal Abidin decreed the construction of this palace to replace istana Hijau (the Green palace), located near Istana Maziah, which had been built by Sultan Omar in 1870.
The construction was headed by Tengku Chik Abu Bakar, a famous architect in the state, who was also an in-law of Sultan Zainal Abidin III. He was assisted by Engku Besar Paduka Raja and Encik Muhammad bin Abdul Rahim, in drafting the plan and the design of the palace.
Carpentry tools and timber were managed by Tengku Besar Paduka Indera and Tengku Besar Panglima. Most of the timber used to in building this palace was taken from Dungun district.
The carpenters who built the palace comprised of 20 Malay and Chinese craftsmen. However, the construction of this palace had to be abandoned for some time due to financial difficulties. It was finally completed where the ‘naik istana' ceremony was held in August 1903.
Although completed, during the reign of the later sultans, Istana Maziah was further improved and beautified. During the reign of Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah and Sultan Ismail Nazaruddin Shah, some renovation works were carried out to expand the palace.
Istana Maziah remains preserved in its original majestic form and is a significant and historic landmark of the city of Kuala Terengganu.
Situated in front is a beautiful gateway which was originally built in 1887, during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III. Located near the gate is a panca persada (platform) built for ceremonial activities.
Istana Maziah with its interesting design and architecture remains a priceless heritage and legacy. It is at this palace where the coronations and other historically significant ceremonies for Terengganu were staged.