Railway Stations, Kuala Lumpur
British architect, AB Hubbock was inspired by North Indian Islamic design when he conceived this magnificent railway station, which could easily be mistaken for a sultan's palace. Spires, minarets, towers and arches explode against the backdrop of skyscrapers emphasising the glory of Moorish elegance. Completed in 1910, the rail station in centrally located in the heart of the city. It's architecture is described as being in a "Raj" styling, a mixture of Western and Mughal influences.The building is lovely and has been very well-maintained, and it is a refreshing sight in a city which actually has very little colonial architecture, and few historic old buildings.
On the opposite side of the road is another historic building, The Majestic Hotel. Built in 1932, the original Hotel Majestic was designed by the Dutch architectural firm Keyes and Dowdeswell for the Trustees of the Estate of Loke Wan Tho, the youngest son of the businessman and philanthropist Loke Yew.
Constructed in a hybrid of neo-classical and art deco styles, the 51 room hotel sat on a commanding hilltop site facing another of Kuala Lumpur’s famous landmarks, the Moorish style railway station. The main building is characterised by tall white classically proportioned Roman columns and detailed cornices. The curved driveway and covered Porte Cochere contribute to the sense of grandeur.
The hotel catered to every whim and fancy of contemporary society. For the first time in Malayan history, modern sanitation was introduced in all rooms, with hot and cold water, showers, and long baths in 18 rooms, considered the height of luxury in its day.
Custom designed furniture, silverware and furnishings imported from England all added to the sumptuous surroundings. A special feature was the roof garden, with a dance floor and seating for 350 guests. Artistes from all over the world performed at the hotel, including popular acts from Hollywood and the Coliseum in London.
In its heyday, The Hotel Majestic was the largest and grandest hotel in Kuala Lumpur, unrivalled for its prestige and luxury. Favoured by the colonial elite and prominent visitors, she was the venue for extravagant parties, Sunday curry tiffin lunches and that most European of traditions, the tea dance.
Alongside of the Majestic and opposite the Railway Station on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin (was Victory Ave in colonial days) is another creation of Hubbard and certain similarities of architecture can easily be seen. This was and still remains the main offices of the KTMB Railways of Malaysia building
Located near the End of Lake Gardens and lying just Beside the Islamic Museum and across the Masjid Negara is the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. This Railway Station was built in 1910 which replaced a previous station built by the british and in turn was replaced in 2001 as the Central Railway Station of Kuala Lumpur by the KL Sentral. The design of the Station was Typical of a combination of Mughal and British Design as Malaysia was under the British East India Company Then. At Present only the Short Distance KTM Trains still pass by parts of this building and other parts were converted into Offices.
Across the street is the Headquarters of the KTM Train Company of which the Design of the Buidling is More of Mughal Architecture.
The KL Railway Station is located in the city centre. The station is notable for its architecture, adopting a mixture of Eastern and Western designs. I spotted it on my way to Merdeka Square, managed to take a few photos. Travelling with train is convenience as the railway link Thailand , Malaysia and Singapore, and KL being the hub.
Built in Moorish style (the building is full of turrets and towers), it gives an glamorous impression, the white facades shining in the bright sun. It was opened in 1911 to meet the needs from travelers coming from Singapore in the south, or Butterworth/Penang in the north. Much of the station building was restored in 1980 but that couldn't help it from beeing replaced with the new KL Sentral in 2001. Nowadays the Old Railway Station is used for the comuter trains.
Malayan Railway Headquarter Building is situated across the street of KL Railway Station. It is another gorgeous heritage building that associates with the Railway Company, or KTM. Currently, it is the headquarter offices of Malaysia Railway Company, or KTM.
The building was designed by A.B Hubbock, a British architect in 1913. The construction work began in 1914 and completed in 1918. It has Moorish architecture reflecting the ottoman and mogul glory of the 13th and 14th century.
Ground Floor: 97 large frontal Gothic blended Gothic and ancient Greek arches and 4 smaller arches designed of the 14th century. The high and wide verandahs skirting the building creates cooling effect and are suitable for the tropical weather in Malaysia.
First Floor: 94 large arched windows of Gothic design and 4 circular arches of small size.
Second Floor: 171 Gothic arches, 4 large and 12 small circular arches.
Five dorms sit majestically on top of the building, each surrounded at four corners by entwined columns from the orthodox Greek design in the 14th century.
The building is not opened for visitors.
KL Railway Station is one of the iconic heritage buildings in Kuala Lumpur. This building was designed by a British Architect, Arthur Benison Hubback, who had experience in Anglo-Asian architecture in the region. It was completed in 1910 with the combination of Western and Mughal architecture similar to Moorish Revival or Indo-Saracenic architecture. This building is surviving today could be due to its Islamic architectural outlook that associate with promoting Malaysia as an a Islamic nation.
Before April 2001, this Railway Station was a main Railway Station Hub for the city to link with other cities in peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. I had taken trains from this station to Singapore several times. I often enjoyed coming here as it has old heritage building, the traveling scene of people leaving the City, and different kinds of trains passing by. Its underpass pedestrian subway links the platforms was my favorite , as modern Malaysian public facilities could hardly have any underpass pedestrian walkway like this Railway Station.
I remember we almost missed a train to Singapore in 2001 as we did not know the Inter-cities trains Station had moved to the Modern KL Sentral. Anyway, we were lucky as the KTM was delay as usual so we managed to board the train. You can take a KTM Commuter Train here to KL Sentral.
Heritage Station Hotel is in this Building. I had stayed in this hotel twice back in 2000-2002. My first experience was okay, as I loved the old building, old lifts, old dining hall and cafe. My second experience was totally disappointing with the cleanliness, poor maintenance, and services. We moved to other hotel on our second night.
The main hall has a ticket counter, railway office, and a casual museum displaying items used by the KTM staffs in the pass. It is interesting, but nothing special.
Now only used for commuter trains this was the main rail station in KL until the building of the new Sentral station. Spires and arches look great from the outside and in truth that's the best view, nothing too interesting inside. worth a visit.
This railway station, simply called Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, was KL's main transport hub for decades. Today, it is a station which only sees limited commuter train service. However, its architectural splendor makes it a popular tourist attraction. The KL Railway Station was built in 1910 by Arthur Benison Hubbock and was restored in the 1986. Althogh the interior has modern facilities for today's travel needs, many parts of the building have maintained their early 20th century colonial flair. This does not only contain wooden structures inside the buildings, but occasional exhibits showing the history of train travel in Malaysia. There is a hotel within the building which was once a popular place with railway workers, became later a luxury hotel and is now a 2-star-hotel with mixed reviews.
Although many of Hubbock's buildings show a mix of Western and Islamic architecture, the style of this building is predominantly Moorish. For a building with a more equilibrate balance between Western and Islamic styles, check out the railway administration building on the other side of the road. It was finished in 1917 and was designed by A.B. Hubbock too. For a good photo perspective, use the underground tunnel that links both buildings.
The KL Railway Building and the Malayan Railway Administration Building face each other across a busy road. Both buildings are in Moorish style and look like exotic multi-roofed palaces.
The Railway Station was built in1911 by AB Hubbock. The building has recently been restored and has a lovely atmospheric cafe inside.
There is an underpass to cross to the Malayan Railway Administration Building. We took a peek inside and it was really beautiful.
Kuala Lumpur's Old Railway Station is a magnificent piece of architecture, and the icon of Kuala Lumpur for decades before the Petronas Twin Towers come into the picture. It was designed by Arthur Benison Hubbock (AB Hubbock), the same government architect who designed most of the distinctive buildings of Mughal architecture in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur's Masjid Jamek, Old City Hall, Old High Court, Selangor Railway Office building (presently Textile Museum), Ipoh's railway station, and Kuala Kangsar's Ubudiah Mosque.
Completed in 1910 to replace an older station on the same site, the station was Kuala Lumpur's railway hub in the city for the Federated Malay States Railway and Malayan Railway before Kuala Lumpur Sentral assumed much of its role in 2001, so not many trains actually stop here anymore. It underwent refurbishment in 1986 with additional new facilities and buildings, including air-conditioned waiting halls, tourism information counters, snack bars and more.
I like the Old Railway Station. I've stayed at the Heritage Station Hotel and have, on other visits to KL, still visited the station and small museum (you can walk to Central Markets or Chinatown quite easily from here).
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a wonderful piece of architecture, and was the icon of Kuala Lumpur before the Petronas Twin Towers.
The station was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback (AB Hubback), the same government architect who designed most of the distinctive buildings of Mughal architecture in Malaysia so you can see examples of his work in many places - in KL I think this is the best. It was opened in 1910, and was then known as Federated Malayan States Railway.
Much of the building is made out of wood, with minimal use of stone and cement. All the building materials were brought in directly from England. There are pictorials and train exhibits in the station .
Moorish-style designed KL Railway Station was built in 1886.
Near by can be found many famous parks and museums such as the National Mosque, Islamic Museum, Birds /Butterfly /Deer /Orchids /Hibiscus Parks.
The Old Railway Staion is really pretty to look at when travelling around downtown Kuala Lumpur as it is located at one of the entrance to the Federal Expressway from KL to Petaling Jaya/Shah Alam and Klang.
You can take the Rawang Komuter train and stop here. The next building to it is also of Moorish style and worth a digital shot for memory.
This Railway Station was busy in the early days of newly independent Malaysia when the highways were not built and driving frim Penang to Kuala Lumpur would take eight long tiring hours behind slow lorries.
The new railway station is KL Sentral.
Malay Railway Administration Building
This Moorish building sits at a hotspot of Kuala Lumpur. It is located next to the National Mosque and opposite the Main (Old) Railway Station. The railway station and the administration building are even connected by a subterranean link. Whereas the station went into service in 1911 the administration building was only finished in 1917. Both were designed by the English architect Arthur Benison Hubbock.
It is a blend of various architectural and cultural styles, and is dominated by five domes. The style is similar to the Railway Station, some features are even identical, but as the colours are much darker and duller, and the domes sit directly on the building and not held by thinnish columns, it looks much more massive, not as airy and lightweight as its fancy counterpart.
The Main Railway Station on the other side of the street is a picturesque blend of towers, domes, minarets and arches in Arabic style. The contrast of the exterior and interior could not be bigger, as the hall looks like many Victorian railway stations in England.
The railway station includes a post office, several restaurants and a hotel (Station Hotel). Service started in August 1910. Renovations in 1986 took the building back to its former glory. But the station is used less as KL Sentral has overtaken all major operations.
In a travel guide I read a funny story about the building process: The work was stopped because the roof did not apply to English standards. Those include that a roof has to be solid enough to stand the pressure of one metre of snow LOL
This beautiful Moorish-style railway station is located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, which incidentally is the heart of the city too. The building was completed in 1910 when it began service as the central point for Malaya's rail transportation system. It was refurbished in 1986 with additional new facilities and buildings, including air-conditioned waiting halls, tourism information counters, snack bars and more.