Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur

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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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    by xaver Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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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    Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

    by Kaynisa Updated May 17, 2005

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    Bangunan Abdul Samad was built in the year 1897 and it placed various administrative dept of the British Govt. then...

    This building indeed a majestic landmark of Kuala Lumpur overlooking the Merdeka Square.

    But today, the building houses the Supreme and High Courts and Infokraf, a center for Malaysian handicrafts.

    Open Hours: 8am-4.45pm Mon-Fri; 8am-1pm Sat

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    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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    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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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by JamesWtc Written Jul 5, 2003

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    This is the highcourt of Malaysia. The building has the history of more than 100 years.

    A very nice place to visit expecially the night scene here. The road is closed everynight here for tourists. The scene is nice when all the lights lid up at night.

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    by kenmerk Written Jun 17, 2003

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    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Down in the centre of the old colonial district you will find the oft photographed Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

    For a really nice pictures bring your tripod and come down here at night, as the building and surrounding area is all lit up with decorative lights... (I didn't have the time for this photo op, myself...)

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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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  • Around Sultan Abdul Samad

    by yen_2 Written Jul 25, 2003

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    You will noticed this famous area and it's one of their must visit place. The gleaming copper domes and the clock tower of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building are by far the most impressive architectural feature of the Dataran Merdeka. I guess, this is a fantastic blend of Moghul, Moorish, Arab, and British neoclassical architecture, a style far more expressive of the British colonial imagination than of Malay culture.

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    by DunaKal Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    Sultan Abdul Samad building

    it was built in 1897,topped by a shiny copper dome and a 40m high clock tower, is a major landmark in the city. It serves for important events such as the National Day Parade on August 31,and now houses the Malaysia Supreme and High Courts.

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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 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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    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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    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 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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