Today, Malaysia Prime Minister, Y.A.B Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak officiated the opening of Sasana Kijang. The word 'Sasana' is derived from Sanskrit and describes a site, centre, building or arena where communities gather for meetings, while the Kijang is Bank Negara Malaysia's logo. The Sasana Kijang's architectural concept is inspired from the shape of the Cowrie shell, a popular form of money in the Malay Peninsula during the 3rd century with its building facade derived from the geometric patterns of traditional Malaysian songket motifs, reflecting the hand woven fabric designs.
Picture by Berita Harian: Najib Looking at BNM Numismatic gallery.
Picture by Utusan: the new Numismatic gallery
Picture by BNM Official Facebook page: New BNM Complex.
The building house International Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), an international organisation for the setting of prudential standards for the Islamic Finance and its global development, The SEACEN Centre, a regional learning and research Centre for Central Banks in Asia. In addition to training facilities, offices and conference halls, Sasana Kijang also houses the Bank Negara Malaysia Knowledge Management Centre and the Bank Negara Malaysia's Museum and Art Gallery which is open to the public. The total built-up area of Sasana Kijang is 1.09 million sq.ft.
I heard, the new Numismatic gallery in the New Bank Negara Money Museum will have the largest numismatic collections in the world. Its a good news for numismatic society in Malaysia. I know most of you will be eager for a visit to the new money museum (me included) and I know some bloggers will be eager to share new BNM controversy regarding the new building. The new Sasana Kijang Complex located at Tun Hussein Onn Memorial, Jalan Dato'Onn, 50480 Kuala Lumpur (not far from BNM Headquarters).
The new Money museum already open for public.
Visit time: 10am-6pm. Everyday including Saturday & Sunday.