It was also known as “Rumah Bendahara” (Prime Minister’s Residence). Gedung Kuning is constructed mainly of wood and brick, and reflects European influence externally. However, like the former Sultan’s Istana next to it, its form and internal layout derives from the architectural style of a traditional Malay house. The house served as a residence for much of its history. Tunku Mahmud, a grandson of Sultan
Hussein, was known to have stayed in the house. Haji Yusoff, a merchant of Javanese descent, first purchased the mansion in 1912. He sold it some years later, but would subsequently buy it again. The mansion remained in the possession of Haji Yusoff and later his descendants till 1999, when the government acquired it for redevelopment. The renovated and restored building was opened to the public in 2003, housing a restaurant.