Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Prior to the building of the Petronas Twin Towers, the Sultan Abdul
Samad building has long been a famous landmark for Malaysia and
Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at centre of Jalan Raja.
Unique moorish-style design, this building, which designed by British
architect A.C Norman was completed in 1897. Its architect added
an Islamic touch that suitably reflects the cultural background
of Malaysia to the mostly Renaissance design. The Sultan Abdul Samad
Building was also the forerunner in establishing the nation's Moghal
The building once served as the administrative offices for the
government during the British administration, but now it is home
to the Supreme and High Courts. It also houses the Textile Museum.
This is the most photographed building in the city, with a 40
metre clock tower affectionately dubbed "Big Ben", topped with a
golden dome and flanked on both sides by two domed towers.
The clock tower is significant to many major events; from the lowering
of the Union Jack at the strock of midnite when Malaysia (then Malaya)
gained independance to the numorous new year eve celebrations.
During state occasions, coloured lights twinkle in the arches,
making it look like a scene from an Arabian Nights' tale. The section
of Jalan Raja is closed in order for the people to enjoy the night
scenery of the area.