Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur

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    Moorish Architecture

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 2, 2014
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    the grand Architecture of the Sultan Abdul Samad Buidling Rises prominently along the Dataran Merdeka and Royal Selangor Club areas Here in the Old Kuala Lumpur City Center Colonial District.

    This Huge Building comples was designed by a famous english architect named A.C. Norman. The construction of this grand building started in 1894 and was completed in 1897. Its architecture was built using Moorish architecture which makes it stand up among all the other buildings in the vicinity. This building is named after Sultan of Selangor who reigned from 1857 to 1898. The building houses the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. In front of the building is the Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square). It was here, the Union Jack flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957.

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    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Mar 8, 2014

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    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

    On our recent visit to KL we revisited the old colonial heart of KL around Merdeka Square. The padang itself in the centre of the square had been dug up and was undergoing renovation.

    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building dominates one side of Merdeka Square. This building dates from 1897 and was designed by British architect A.C.A. Norman. It is another example of K.L.'s famous Moghul style architecture. The building is two stories high and is dominated by a central clock tower which is 41metres high. The building is called after Sultan Abdul Samad the fourth Sultan of Selangor.

    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was the main British administrative building in K.L. until 1957. Then the building became the High Court, Federal Court, and Court of Appeals Complex for Malaysia. It continued in this role until 2007. Nowadays it is home to the Information, Communication and Culture Department.

    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building's clock tower chimed for the first time in 1897 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. After the declaration of Malaysian independence on August 31st 1957, the clock has chimed at midnight on every Independence Day to commemorate the independence of Malaysia.

    This is a beautiful building and we were very fortunate as the busy road in front of it was temporarily closed to traffic during our last visit enabling us to approach it more easily and to photo it while standing in the middle of a normally traffic filled road.

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    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 9, 2013
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    This building is one of the most important landmark which was build by British and its facing to the Merdeka Square. The building was beautifully built in Moorish style in 1897 and used to be office for some important departments during British administration in Tanah Melayu.

    This is one of city's most eye-poppingly beautiful structures: a distinctive and iconic building that acts as a backdrop for the many important events held in Merdeka Square, such as the National Day Parade and the annual New Years celebration. Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad was once the home of the Federal Court and the Court of Appeals, but now houses the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.

    An impressive enough sight during the day, the building is even more mesmerising at night, when it is illuminated in a number of different colours. Look across the square to see the beautiful Royal Selangor Club, a gathering place for KL's elite since the 1890s.

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    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in 1897 as the secretariat for the colonial administration.
    It nowadays hosts the Malaysian High Court.

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    by Twan Updated Aug 1, 2012
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    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a popular tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. The magnificent Moorish-style building was built in 1897 and designed by the Englishman AC Norman. It is named after the then Sultan of Selangor, Abdul Samad. Back then it was an important government building of the English. The building is probably the most photographed building in Malaysia. Currently the building is used by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture. Previously, did you find the Supreme Court and the National Textile Museum. Especially the 40 meter high tower with conical top brass is beautiful to see. On special occasions, the building in the evening and night extra scammed, but the standard illumination makes the building already super in the dark. Every year on August 31, opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad building the Malaysian Independence celebrated the festivities continue throughout the day and the street along the building is closed.

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by Airpunk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In late Victorian Kuala Lumpur, it was decided to move several colonial authorities into a new building. Between 1894 and 1897, these plans were realized by constructing the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, named after the then-reigning Sultan of Selangor. It faces a cricket green which became Merdeka Suqare (independence Square) after the declaration of independece on August 31st 1957. Afterwards, it served as the see of several Malaysian authorities and courts. The courts moved out in the early 21st century, but the ministry of information and the ministry of culture still are located here.
    The building is not accesible to the general public

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    Overlooking Merdaka Square

    by Willettsworld Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Dominating the eastern side of Merdeka Square, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the centrepiece of colonial architecture in Kuala Lumpur. Formerly known simply as Government Offices, construction began in 1894 and the building was completed in 1897. Constructed entirely of bricks, the building has a front façade which is 450 ft (137.2m) in length, and an imposing porch in the centre. The porch holds three horseshoe arches and the piers supporting them are 4 ft thick. The 135 ft (41.2m) central tower holds a clock that first tolled during Queen Victoria's birthday parade in 1897. The tower is topped by a copper dome that is in turn topped by a copper chatri. The structure takes its name from Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time when construction began and today houses the Supreme Court.

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    by limledi Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    This remarkable edifice was named after a State Ruler & served as the gov't administration bldg. during the British era. The building is constructed entirely of brick. It was the largest of its day & the finest in the Malay states. It consists of an imposing porch, graceful arches, shiny copper domes & high clock tower. It now houses the Supreme & High Courts as well as a handicraft centre. It makes an impressive landmark when illuminated at night.

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    by imeley Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located in the front of the Merdeka Square - literally The Independence Square and The Royal Selangor Club. The structure takes its name from Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning Sultan of Selangor at the time when construction begin.

    Topped by a shiny copper dome and a 40 meters high clock tower, it is a major landmark in the city. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building now houses the commercial Division of the High Court of Malaysia.

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    Istana Bukit is the royal palace and official residence of the Sultan of Johor, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The palace faces the Straits of Johor and has a bird's eye view of Singapore, a former possession of the Sultanate. The palace was completed in 1933.

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    Golden Extravagance and Malaysia’s Big Ben

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Perfect beauty with an English feature.

    This impressive and extravagant building was the heart of Colonial Kuala Lumpur, sitting on the so called Padang, a big English lawn where people play(ed) sports. Do not forget that the British rulership only endet on 31 August 1957 when Malaysia became independent.

    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building, started in 1898, was the Brit’s administration centre. Then it became the site of the Supreme Court.

    The style is a blend of north Indian aus Moorish architecture. The architects (A.C. Norman and A.B. Hubbock) thought this was appropriate for a mainly Muslim state. However, they totally ignored that the Malay people had already developed their own architectural style.

    The 40 metre high clock tower is called Malaysia’s Big Ben. It is crowned by a golden dome, as are two other lower towers of the building.

    A word about the Padang: It is not the size of the English lawn that makes it look strange within this city of golden towers and mosques. It is more the Tudor style of the comparably tiny buildings, sitting in front of skyscrapers. They remind me of Rotorua ;-)

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    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sultan Abdul Amad Building blend of Victorian and Moorish architecture is typical of the colonial buildings that give the city much of its character. It was designed by AC Norman (an associate of AB Hubbard, designer of the Kuall Lumpur train station) and built between 1894 and 1897. It was once the Secretariat Building for the British administration and is now Malaysia's Supreme Court.

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    The old symbol of KL

    by travelpug Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This handsome historical building used to be the symbol of Kuala Lumpur. However, it has made way to Petronas Twin Tower. It is located at Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and it used to be the high court. The high court has recently moved to a brand new building outsde of downtown KL. This is the historical place where the ceremony of Independence of Malaysia was held in 1957. At midnight of 31st August 1957, the Union Jack was lowered here and marked the independence of Malaysia. That is the moment that marks the birth of Malaysia. The independence day parade is stil held here every year.

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by kinjalnz15 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building was designed by British architect A.C.Norman ,it was finished in 1897.Formerly the secretariat building with a copper domes and a clock tower and night times it lights up to become a landmark building.

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    Sultan Palace

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    A stately, historic building rich in character, it was built in 1897 to house several important government departments during the British administration. This building, topped by a shiny copper dome and a 40m high clock tower, is a major landmark in the city. It serves as the back drop for important events such as the National Day Parade on August 31th and the shering in of the New Year. This heritage buildings now occupied by the Supreme Court and the Textile Museum.

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