Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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.

Constructed entirely of brick, the building features strong gothic, western and Moorish-style influences with an imposing porch, graceful arches, curved colonnades topped with shiny copper cupolas and a domineering 41.2m- high clock tower. It is frequently seen as the backdrop for Malaysia’s annual Independence Day parades (which take place past Dataran Merdeka).

 

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building’s Design

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.

Constructed entirely of brick, the building features strong gothic, western and Moorish-style influences with an imposing porch, graceful arches, curved colonnades topped with shiny copper cupolas and a domineering 41.2m- high clock tower. It is frequently seen as the backdrop for Malaysia’s annual Independence Day parades (which take place past Dataran Merdeka).

 

Good to Know

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building remains an enduring attraction amidst a rapidly changing city skyline. There are several more structures in this area (to the east of Dataran Merdeka) designed by both Anthony C. Norman and A.B. Hubbock: these clusters of buildings form a large part of KL’s Colonial Core and provide a striking counterpoint to the looming Menara KL and stylish PETRONAs Twin Towers.

Behind the Sultan Abdul Samad Building you’ll find the confluence of the Klang River and Gombak River, as well as Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque): a mosque of similar design by the same architect. Sultan Abdul Samad Building is easy to get to: the Pasar Seni or Masjid Jamek LRT station is just a short walk away (10 minutes) plus several buses run routes past the building.

 

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