Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Appreciating The Architecture : Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

After a a nice leisurely lunch at Malay Tea House in Central Market,and a bit of walking around there and bumping into foreign tourists every 2 seconds, we ventured out to nearby area.
Which way to go? Straight ahead, left or right?

Our second stop after Central Market was the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Sultan Abdul Samad was the reigning Sultan (or king) of Selangor at the time when construction began in 1894. It was fully constructed by 1897. The building is the centrepiece of colonial architecture in Kuala Lumpur and served as government offices during the colonial era.  It now hosts the Malaysian Supreme Court.
It'll be great to see the building magnificently illuminated at night but no, we didn't wait for that. A visit to the Sultan Abdul Samad building is of course needs to be paired by some photo-op at the Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) on the opposite side of the road. That, on my next post.

Oh, by the way did I mention that I met with a blogger friend from Tochigi on Christmas Day? :)


  1. Very nice pictures. I've always loved this building somehow. Very old-school charm and very lovely. Thanks for sharing, Lina.

  2. @HappySurfer,
    Yea, this is a charming building. :)

  3. yeah, a walk along that area and you'd see lots of ancient buildings, with very unique colonial style of architecture..

  4. of course the Sultan Abdul Samad building is one of KL's attraction, it's especially nice when lit up at night.. and yeah, the Merdeka Square is also a popular spot too..

  5. i think besides tourists, they are also very popular amongst the photograhpy enthusiasts.. i very often see them being the subject of photography..

  6. @SK,
    They do make lovely photo subject, don't they. Maybe one day, I should go at night and take photo of the building illuminated too. Anyone want to tag along? :D

  7. Sultan Abdul Samad building is an iconic structure. Colourful lightings projected on the building during Merdeka was really pretty.

  8. @Mei Teng,
    And your photos of the building are lovely, Mei. Love them! :)

  9. i went to the link u provided.. it is quite interesting to read her fresh insight into what we all take for granted :) however there was something on her left sidebar... something like i will break yr face if u steal my photos hahaha.. how quaint .. esp when often we all are powerless against ppl stealing our pics in this vast cyber world haha

  10. Owh.. I didn't take any picture around this building...glad you share it in here, hehe

  11. @Bengbeng,
    Haha, yeah.. her sidebar info is rather unique, no? XD

    Her visit to KL made us appreciate what we have in KL because otherwise, me & my family wouldn't have stopped and make a point to visit these places anymore.

    We locals should turn tourist and explore our own backyard once in a while. ^-^

  12. @zezebel,
    did you visit the area?

  13. Hi Lina have been visiting your blogs but seldom leave any peel behind haha. Nice strong solid buildings love the architecture. tQ

  14. @Bananaz,
    Likewise. I'm guilty of not commenting at yours too. Maybe we should change that, eh?

    The architecture of Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad is indeed nice. I'll have another post on another Moorish influenced building - the KTM Railways Station soon. :)

  15. daytime photo opt is good but since you said it's well illuminated at night then it's a must too!

  16. @Ayie,
    A good choice would be visiting a little late in the evening but before the sun goes down and maybe walk around a bit and wait until it's dark to shoot the building in all its illuminated glory.

    There's a night market nearby which is held every Saturday, so visiting the night market before hitting the area again would be a good idea too. :)



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