Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Another tourist spot that I revisited recently during my city tour is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city. This historical building was one of the oldest building and has became the icon of Kuala Lumpur. Indeed the logo of Visit Malaysia in Year 1990 was using the building of Sultan Abdul Samad as its background.

The Abdul Samad Building was designed by A.C. Norman and was built in 1894 to 1897. It was one of the essential buildings that houses several important departments during the British Administration in Malaya States. This major landmark of the Kuala Lumpur city has gone through many important events in the history of Malaya or Malaysia. It was here that the declaration of independence of Malaya was took place opposite the building where the Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square was back in 1957. It also held another significant event where the clock tower became the venue for another historic event when the time between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore were standardized in 1982. Besides, this heritage building was also used to be occupied by the then Supreme Court which was subsequently renamed the Federal Court but it had later moved to the Palace of Justice located in Putrajaya.

The back of RM500 of 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknotes that features the Building of Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Visit Malaysia Year 1990 was adopting the Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Photo of Abdul Samad Building taken from Dataran Merdeka

Anyone who wants to pay the Kuala Lumpur city a visit should have not miss out this landmark. You will be amazed with the building design that adopted Moorish architectural elements which is also known as the articulated Islamic architecture of North Africa and parts of Spain and Portugal.

1 comment:

mou meng said...

I just visited the place last week.