The Astana is a palace located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on the north bank of the Sarawak River, facing the Kuching Waterfront. It is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, the Head of Sarawak. The name is a variation of ‘Istana’, meaning ‘palace’. It was built in 1870 by the second White Rajah, Charles Brooke, as a wedding present to his wife, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt. The palace is not usually open to the public, although the landscaped gardens are, which can be reached by a boat ride across the Sarawak River.