Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur

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    national history museum

    by 6aruna Updated Apr 4, 2011

    free admission
    we were the first visitors and warmly welcomed. beautiful interior but
    considering the cultural mele of malaysia totally inaequate display

    straight across is the merdeka square and sultan abdul salam building

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by mary2u99 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This building was built in 1897 in the Mahometan or Neo Saracenic style and its constructed entirely from brick.

    The structure consist of porch , horseshoe-shaped arches and a shiny copper domes and a 41.2 meter height clock tower.

    It is now the Malaysia Supreme and High Court and handicraft centre. This building is illuminated at night.

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    You gotta see the 'twirls'

    by travie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sultan Abdul Samad building really is a wonderful building to look at, especially at night time. It kind of looks futuristic yet it has that 'old building charm'. It is especially surprising when you first see it because the appearance of the building was just so different to lots of other things that you see in KL. The whole area just had a different 'feel'. Today, it houses the Supreme Court and High Court.

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

    by Robdaz Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    This is my favourite building in KL. The building was completed in 1897 after a 2 year construction.

    There are gleaming copper domes and a 130-meter clock tower and it is sited just across the road from Dataran Merdeka.

    It is a fantastic blend of Moghul, Moorish, Arab, and British neoclassical architecture. It is a style far more expressive of the British colonial imagination than the local Malay culture.

    Today, it is houses the Judicial Dept and InfoKraft , whihc is a centre for Malaysia handicraft.

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    BANGUNAN SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD

    by BerniShand Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    one of the most photographed buildings in KL

    probably the most photographed building in KL the Moorish archetecture is beautiful

    this was once the colonial administrative centre, now it houses the supreme court

    the building is illuminated at night

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    Sultan abdul Samad building

    by Nit_4 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    River view of the SAS building

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

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    The "Big Ben" of Malaysia

    by stellz20 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Sultan Abdul Samad Building - by day

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building with its 40m clock tower dubbed as Malaysia's Big Ben is a favorite KL landmark. Moorish in design, this impressive architecture, was formerly the seat of the British colonial government and now houses the Malaysia Supreme and High Courts.

    At night, the whole building is lit up with bright yellow lights up and around every wall.

    My Visit:

    We visited Sultan Abdul Samad Building during a weekend. The road was closed due to an ongoing display of classic cars. We were not able to take pics with a nice panoramic view of the building however we got pics of cars from an old jeepney style to the new generation racing cars... quite lovely huh...

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by dragontml Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    KL's most famous landmark.

    The stately historic building rich in character was designed by AC Norman and built between 1894 and1897 to house the British administration. Formerly the Secretariat building this Moorish inspired building with its shining copper domes and high clock tower is a major landmark in the city. The Supreme Court and the Textile Museum now occupy the building.

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    Sultan Abdul samad Building

    by Umea6 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is probably the most impressive building in the whole KL. Looking at it in details shows a remarkable work of architecture. Inside it is a High Court and Supreme Court, but it used to be a colonial administrative centre.

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    An Evening Near....

    by coceng Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The beautiful SASB in KL...

    An evening near Sultan Abdul Samad Building...
    Just got back from my hometown, MASJID TANAH; Had the time to wander around this historic site in KL.
    This is the place every year where the National Day celebration is being held...

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Prior to the building of the Petronas Twin Towers, the Sultan Abdul Samad building has long been a famous landmark for Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur.

    Designed by British architect A.C Norman, it was built in 1897 with a unique Moorish-style design. The Moorish inspired design of the building is based on some of the features of buildings in Islamic countries that suitably reflects the cultural background of Malaysia. It used to be the Colonial Secretariat offices, but now houses the Supreme and High Courts.

    The centre of attraction is it's clock tower in the midle - KL's answer to London's 'Big Ben'. The clock tower is significant to many major events; from the lowering of the Union Jack at the strock of midnite when Malaysia (then Malaya) gained independance to the numorous new year eve celebrations.

    Another must visit in KL.

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    Admire the Sultan Abdul Samal Building

    by DanielF Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Sultan Abdul Samal Building is the most attractive building on the Padang and the landmark of Kuala Lumpur until the erection of the Petronas Towers.

    The building used to host the colonial administration and was designed in an exotic blend of Victorian inspirations and the re-interpretation of the Oriental and Moorish styles by British architects. This was thought to fit better in the tropical environment of Kual Lumpur than the Neo-Renaissance building that was initially planned.

    Its clock tower used to be the tallest structure in town but now is totally dwarfed by the tenths of new skyscrapers that bloom in the background

    Today, the building hosts the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of Malaysia.

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010
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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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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by barbskie Updated Dec 4, 2007

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    The most popular building in Merdeka Square is this wonderful Moorish-style of structure. It was known as the Colonial Secretariat, and was home to the governing body which oversaw the administration of the British colony. The building’s most famous feature is the clock tower in the middle, the designer’s tribute to London’s Big Ben. Wonderful sight in the evening when all the lights are lit up.

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by elainetan7906 Written Oct 27, 2007

    Originally is a offices of the colonial secretariat, they later served as the first adinistrative centre of the Malayan government. Very nice view at night. On the weekend, the road in front of the bulding will be closed, this is the good time you can walk freely and take as much pictures as you want.

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