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Officially known as Kuala Lumpur Station, this Moorish-style railway terminal was designed by the same architect for Masjid Jamek KL, A.B. Hubbock; in 1886.
As Mr.Hubback had previously served the British administration in India before being transferred to KL, his passion for Morish/Northern Indian designs are clearly reflected here. Not suprising then KL's Railway Station and Masjid Jamek have close resemblance. Its domes and minarets' unique features make it one of the most phothograph railway station in the world. The station housed a linear set of halls with the platforms were out behind.
It was extended in 1967 to accomodate the need for additional office space. The new extension also housed the Heritage Station Hotel at the station's northern wing. In the 1980s extensive renovation was carried out to modernise the station but not at the expense of its original design which is still being preserved and not unnecessarily destroyed.
With the opening of KL's integrated trains station and transport hub - KL Sentral - in 2001, all of the inter-city trains now use KL Sentral as their embarkation point, leaving only KTM Komuter trains and PLUS Liner coaches that still operate from this old railway station. However, plan is underway to turn the railway station into a tourist attraction heritage building.
Some interesting facts:
*There is a story that the design was originally intended as a pavilion for a trade fair in Moscow but later it was built in KL - with snow gutter and a roof to withstand about 2 metres of snow!
*The place is said to be spooky as there are few cases of peoples jumping onto the railway track when train approching to commit suicide.
Address: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur
Directions: Located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, clsoe to the Masjid Negara.
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