will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"The Sultan Abdul Samad Building" Malaysia Things to Do Tip by traveldave

Malaysia Things to Do: 727 reviews and 1,093 photos


The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a major landmark in Kuala Lumpur, and although there is nothing inside to attract tourists, it is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. The building currently houses the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture, and formerly housed the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals, and the High Court of Malaysia.

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built to house the former colonial administration center during the era of British rule. It was named in honor of the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time of its construction, which occured from 1894 to 1897. The building was designed by two Public Works Department architects, A.C. Norman and Arthur Benison Hubback. They were influenced by Islamic architectural styles they had seen while stationed in India, and designed the building with Moorish, Indian, and Arabic influences, which were deemed appropriate for a Muslim country. The main architectural feature of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is its 131-foot (40-meter) clock tower topped by a copper dome.

The building faces the wide expanse of Independence Square. It was here that the hand-over ceremony occured when Malaya (as the country was called before its name was changed to Malaysia) gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. The square is also the main viewing area for the National Day Parade, and the venue for ushering in the New Year.

Directions: The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Nov 16, 2010
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


traveldave Visits Here Frequently!


“"....For I must be traveling on now, 'cause there's too many places I've got to see...." (Lynyrd Skynyrd).”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 9 1

Have you been to Malaysia?

  Share Your Travels