Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Arthur Charles Alfred designed this building which completed in the year 1897. The building was used to be British state secretary’s department. The clock first chimed in the Jubilee Parade of Queen Victoria in 1897. After Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, the clocked chimes at midnight every year to mark the celebrations of independence.
As an important landmark of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian history is clearly reflected in the Moorish cum British architecture that Sultan Abdul Samad Building showcases.
The building resembles the mosques of Cairo, with its horseshoe design and sharply pointed arches on the outer walls of the wide corridors that surround it on both the lower and upper floors.
The clock tower with a large dome reaches a lofty height of 43.6 metres. There are also two smaller domed tower near the main entrance. The domes were originally made of copper sheets placed over wooden frames and painted black. They were later replaced by proper copper domes that were gifts from the Australian government.
The building is currently used as the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia.
This protruding structure used to be about 1 meter in height and was used to tie the horse in the old days. After several road pavement works being done, the ground level is getting higher until this structure is almost leveled with ground.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located in front of Merdeka Square. You can reach here by LRT train. The nearest station is Masjib Jamek which is about 500m apart.