The Malay Kingdoms Collection, National Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Malay Kingdoms Collection, National Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This gallery exhibits historical evidence related to the development of Malay civilisation arising from the formation of several Malay kingdoms in the whole archipelago, with special focus on the Malay kingdoms, which existed in the Malay Peninsula and the Borneo Islands.

These kingdoms, with their achievements in the socio-economic field, particularly in international trading as well as developments in Malay culture and beliefs, point to the existence of a well structured and systematic system of governments as early as 2AD in this part of the world.

The main focus of this gallery revolves around the Malay Melaka Sultanate, which featured as an important episode in Malaysian history. Not only was Melaka well known as a centre of international trade, it also emerged as a glorious and supreme power in South East Asia that succeeded in establishing a monarchical system of government, which was later adopted by subsequent governments.

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National Museum (Muzium Negara)
National Museum (Muzium Negara)
Jalan Damansara
Kuala Lumpur


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