Malaysia: The Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur

One of the interesting sites that we saw in Kuala Lumpur was the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which lights up at dusk. I was wowed by the gorgeous beauty of this wonderful historical building that sits in the heart of the city.

The beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in 1894. It was designed by British architect Arthur Charles Norman, who was inspired by the Moorish architecture he saw in India.

A selfie with this lovely historical building. 🙂

This unique architecture is one Kuala Lumpur’s iconic landmarks as it has been the focal point of many historical events. It was named after the sultan of Selangor at the time and originally used as an administrative building by the British. When Malaysia finally became independent in 1957 from British colonial rule, it served different offices, from Selangor State Secretariat, then Supreme Court, and recently Ministry of Information, Communications, and Culture of Malaysia.

Taken from west side of Merdeka Square.

We went there around 6pm, so we roamed around the area until it was lit up at 7pm. From then on, the whole building illuminated up in different colors from yellow to pink, red, blue and purple, and it gradually changed before our eyes. It looks particularly impressive after dark when its copper domes and 41m tall clock tower are lit up. The beautiful architecture is eye catching and these onion shaped domes are just amazing pieces of art. Plus, the holiness and calmness of the place makes your heart feel light.

One of the famous landmarks of Malaysia.

We certainly had a good time there and we took plenty of pictures. If you love taking pictures, this charming building offers you lots of good opportunities. Even though we didn’t see the inside, it was well worth a visit!

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is located across and dominates the eastern side of Merdeka Square.
  • It is a 5 minutes walk from the central market to Merdeka Square.
  • During the day you can see the stunning details on the building.
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