The Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Jalan Raja is one of the most well known landmarks in Kuala Lumpur. The construction of this building started in 1893 and was completed in 1896. It is one of the oldest buildings in Kuala Lumpur. AC Norman (architect) and CE Spooner (state engineer) have been credited for the creation of this building. RAJ Bidwell (chief draughtsman) did the elevation based on a Mohametan (sic) style as instructed by CE Spooner.
The centre of attraction is its clock tower in the middle – Kuala Lumpur answer to London's 'Big Ben'. This magnificent Moorish-styled building is the beloved symbol of Kuala Lumpur that can be seen on postcards, tourism broachers, stamps and posters. Although it is only a building, we should appreciate it as it kept its own sentimental value to Malaysian people.
Many historical events had been held in front of this building. Among them was the declaration of independence of Malaysia (Malaya then) on 31 August, 1957 and the lowering of the Union Jack Flag. On 1st January 1982, the clock tower became the venue for another historic event when the time between West Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore were standardized. It is a building with a sentimental value. Directly opposite is Merdeka Square, the scene of the annual independence celebration.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Map)
Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur
Directions: 10 minutes walk from Masjid Jamek LRT station
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