Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Attraction Jalan Raja Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015

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The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the historical landmarks in the city center. The building with unique Moorish designs and clock tower is widely photographed by visitors.

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Why Sultan Abdul Samad Building is special ?

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings. It is set to the east of Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and the Royal Selangor Club, across from Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. It was built in 1897 and was named after the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time.
The distinguished landmark originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration. Designed by AC Norman, the architect responsible for Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque), the historically-significant building used to house the superior courts of Malaysia: the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya, before they 
Sultan Abdul Samad Building is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia and sits beside the old KL Railway Station. Though it no longer serves an official purpose, it remains one of the city’s most important tourist attractions and a historical landmark in the city. 


What to explore at Sultan Abdul Samad Building?

The Sultan Abdul Samad building served as an important structure for the English. It was, and still is, beautiful, iconic and probably the most photographed building at the time. 

On the nights of important occasions such as Independence Day, the tower will twinkle its way to your eyes with its beautifully-colored lights. On a building that boasts such amazing architecture and designs, some have attested that the sight looks a lot like the scene of an Arabian night.

The administrative council knows how beautiful the building is and how much people would love admiring it, so Jalan Raja is closed at nights of special celebrations to allow the public the ease of getting closer to the structure. There aren’t many of such buildings like this in Malaysia, one that shows the rich past that Malaysia and the English once shared. So do drop by the Sultan Abdul Samad Building for a dose of history and a treat for the eyes.

Other attractions nearby would be the Petaling Street (Chinatown) and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. These are the two famous places where you can shop for anything. These two places are always bustling with people. Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is most famous for its imported fabrics, sarees, leather goods and batik. 

There are many restaurants in Kuala Lumpur as well as cafes and food courts. Accommodation wise, do not worry. There are plenty of hotels in Kuala Lumpur. There are even more hotels in Bukit Bintang.


Source: http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/

How to get to Sultan Abdul Samad Building?

Getting to Sultan Abdul Samad Building is easy as it is located right in the center of Kuala Lumpur. If you are staying in Chinatown you can just walk to the building. You can also follow signposts pointing to Merdeka Square (Independance Square) which is located directly opposite the building. Every taxi driver knows the way to this iconic place in KL. You can also take the LRT to Pasar Seni station or Masjid Jamek station. In both cases it is a 5/10 minute walk to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.


Source: http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/

Selling points

  • “Memorial and architectural building”
  • “One of the more striking buildings in KL”
  • “An artistic building”
  • “Moorish style architecture”
  • “Magnificient architecture”
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  • Visit in the evening and the sunset conmbined with the emergence of the street lights makes this a very nice photo-shooting opportunity.
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  • Take the LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek station. This building is 10 minutes walk from the station.
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  • It's easy to access. You will not miss it because there are many good signages to guide you to this place.
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  • You cannot enter this building. But the exterior is majestic enough for selfie time.
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  • Popular attractions within walking distance of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building are Merdeka Square, Chinatown, and the beautiful Central Market.
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It was completed in 1897 by A.C. Norman and was used to house several government departments at the time of the British administration in Malaya.

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At night nice view here

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A must-see in KL, this building with its copper domes was completed in 1897. Built by the British, its architecture is actually Moorish and not native to Malaysia.

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Parking is extremely packed.

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Located just at the Merdeka Square this building cannot be missed. Looks great from the outside, lot of space on the square's lawn to admire it from different angles. Been there twice - during the day and in the evening. If you must choose - go there in the evening and you'll be treated with a colorful feast of lighting. Pick your favourite colour - mine is blue :-)

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Yes, it's not Petronas that is my favorite. This building of Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture is my absolute favorite building in KL. I came here 3 times during my 4 day stay in KL.My advice would be buying some food that's good for picnic and coming here around 7p.m; the afternoon in KL is super long and at 7pm, There's still daylight and you can take good photos of the building. Around 7.30 or 8pm, they will turn on the light and it looks absolutely beautiful at night. You can have a night picnic on the grass field opposite the building so you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the building at night.It's so easy to get here on monorail: just drop off at the Masjid Jamek station and walk 3 minutes.

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Situated close to Merdeka Square, now occupied by one of the government departments, It really is an amazing building and was apparently the first example of Moghul architecture in Malaysia. Beautiful clocktower and in great contrast to the new high rise buildings nearby.Bring your camera! Easily combined with seeing Merdeka Square and the KL City Gallery.

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Located just at the Merdeka Square this building cannot be missed. Looks great from the outside, lot of space on the square's lawn to admire it from different angles. Been there twice - during the day and in the evening. If you must choose - go there in the evening and you'll be treated with a colorful feast of lighting. Pick your favourite colour - mine is blue :-)

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It was completed in 1897 by A.C. Norman and was used to house several government departments at the time of the British administration in Malaya.

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