Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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, acrossfrom Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. It was built in 1897 and was named after the reigning sultan ofSelangor at the time.

The distinguished landmark originally served as the secretariat for the colonial Britishadministration. Designed by AC Norman, the architect responsible for Masjid Jamek(Jamek Mosque), the historically-significant building used to house the superior courts ofMalaysia: the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya,before they moved to Putrajaya.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications andCulture of Malaysia and sits beside the old KL Railway Station. Though it no longer serves anofficial purpose, it remains one of the city’s most important tourist attractions and a historicallandmark in the city.

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

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

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