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.
The Kuala Lumpur station, located at Jalan Hishamuddin, provide further examples of Moorish inspired architecture.The architect Hubback continued to feature arches, domes and minarets, creating what has come to be described as a Byzantine Arabian nights fantasyland. It was built in 1910. Across the street is the Malayan Railway Administration buildinf, another example of the British colonial adaptation of Moorish architecture. It is linked to the station by an underground thoroughfare. The railway station was transferred to the spanking new KL Sentral in Brickfields in 2001.
Officially known as Kuala Lumpur Station, this Moorish-style railway terminal was designed by the same architect for Masjid Jamek KL, A.B. Hubbock; in 1886.
As Mr.Hubback had previously served the British administration in India before being transferred to KL, his passion for Morish/Northern Indian designs are clearly reflected here. Not suprising then KL's Railway Station and Masjid Jamek have close resemblance. Its domes and minarets' unique features make it one of the most phothograph railway station in the world. The station housed a linear set of halls with the platforms were out behind.
It was extended in 1967 to accomodate the need for additional office space. The new extension also housed the Heritage Station Hotel at the station's northern wing. In the 1980s extensive renovation was carried out to modernise the station but not at the expense of its original design which is still being preserved and not unnecessarily destroyed.
With the opening of KL's integrated trains station and transport hub - KL Sentral - in 2001, all of the inter-city trains now use KL Sentral as their embarkation point, leaving only KTM Komuter trains and PLUS Liner coaches that still operate from this old railway station. However, plan is underway to turn the railway station into a tourist attraction heritage building.
Some interesting facts:
*There is a story that the design was originally intended as a pavilion for a trade fair in Moscow but later it was built in KL - with snow gutter and a roof to withstand about 2 metres of snow!
*The place is said to be spooky as there are few cases of peoples jumping onto the railway track when train approching to commit suicide.