Jul 25, 2012

Visit Sultan Abdul Samad Building At Night

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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Before the Petronas Twin Towers, Sultan Abdul Samad Building was the architectural symbol of Malaysia. Today, the building serves as a symbol of Kuala Lumpur’s colonial past, and as a backdrop for political and celebratory events in the city. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur directly across the street from Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest buildings, and is certainly its most unique.


Sultan Abdul Samad’s Unique Architecture


Sultan Abdul Samad Building Image

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Built by the British administration between 1894-1897, this building is a fusion of Victorian and Moorish architectural styles. Sultan Abdul Samad Building is built entirely out of brick, with approximately four million bricks used in the construction.

Map near Sultan Abdul Samad Building
With a 138-metre-long facade, and a massive porch facing Dataran Merdeka, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is undoubtedly the biggest attraction at Merdeka Square. The building features a 40-metre-high clock tower that is sometimes referred to as Malaysia’s Big Ben.


Witness to Malaysia’s Defining Moments


Sultan Abdul Samad Building Picture

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Along with being front and center for parades, concerts, cricket games, and many other events in KL, the building has been witness to some of Malaysia’s most important political events. Malaysia’s declaration of independence occurred at Merdeka Square in the shadows of Sultan Abdul Samad Building on August 31, 1957.


Sultan Abdul Samad Building Celebration

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The building was formerly the host to Malaysia’s superior courts and many of Malaysia’s government offices. Today, the building houses Malaysia’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. Entrance to Sultan Abdul Samad Building is free, and the building is open for tours from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM Monday-Friday, and 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays.


Visit In The Evening


Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Night

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Though admission is free, there’s simply not a whole lot to see inside Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The building is absolutely stunning when viewed from Merdeka Square. We suggest visiting Merdeka Square after the sun goes down and the building is closed for the night. An evening visit to the square will reveal a different view of the building. At night, Sultan Abdul Samad Building glows with thousands of lights around its intricate arches.


The building conjures up very different feelings than any other building in the city. With modern and futuristic designs dominating the architectural landscape in KL, Sultan Abdul Samad Building brings the colonial charm.

Hotels near Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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