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Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
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Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Postcode (Poskod): 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Area: Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (KL / WP)
Jurisdiction: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur DBKL - KL City Hall (See Local Govt)

Directions: From Puduraya, drive towards Bank Negara via Masjid Jamek. Turn left at the junction where Jalan Tun Perak connects with Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman / Jalan Raja.

Info / Insights: Designed by British architect A.C. Norman, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in 1896. The historic building has Moorish and colonial elements written all over its exterior. Like other stately heritage buildings in Malaysia, she sometimes has to suffer the indignity of being dressed up with garish lights or to be tacked with some lame propaganda slogans.

The eponymous Sultan Sir Abdul Samad ibni Almarhum Raja Abdullah (1804 - 1898) was the fourth Sultan of Selangor. Kuala Lumpur was part of Selangor until 1974, if you remember. The building is also popularly known as The Clock Tower. Before the birth of Petronas Twin Towers, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building was often seen on postcards and used as a graphical symbol to represent the city of Kuala Lumpur.

The Grand Old Dame witnessed the lowering of the Union Jack and hoisting of the national flag for the first time in 1957, when Malaya acheived independence. The (recently coined) Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square was to become the venue of many Merdeka anniversary parades and celebrations.

The Padang, as it was then known, is surrounded by two other famous centenarians, namely; The Royal Selangor Club (aka The Spotted Dog, built 1884) and the St Mary's Cathedral (built 1894). Another nearby historical landmark is the fire-prone Panggung Bandaraya (built 1896). The grass on the former Selangor Padang was dug out in 1988 and a flood-prone car park and mall (Plaza Putra) was constructed underneath.

When the nation was going through some kind of longish object-envy phase in the 80s, a giant flag mast was erected at the square just to create yet another (meaningless) record. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is also fondly remembered as a judicial institution. It housed the apex court or the Supreme Court before it moved to the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. It is currently occupied by the Ministry of Information, Communication & Culture.

The iconic clock tower was also used in the ceremony to mark the standardisation of Peninsular and East Malaysian time in 1982. From RMAF jet fly-bys to Mat Rempit motor race-bys, the stoic and proud lady has seen it all.

Nearby Landmarks: Panggung Bandaraya - Theatre Hall (1), Masjid Jamek (2), Cathedral of St Mary - St Mary's Anglican Church (3)

Surrounding Places:
Kelab DiRaja Selangor - Royal Selangor Club RSC (4), Dataran Merdeka & Flag Pole (5), Straits Trading Building (6), Muzium Tekstil - Textile Museum (7), Loke Yew Building (8), Agro Bank (formerly Bank Pertanian) (9), Citypoint Shopping Complex (10), Kompleks Dayabumi (11), Pejabat Pos Besar Kuala Lumpur - KL General Post Office GPO (12), Rumah Persekutuan - Federal House (13), Ibu Pejabat Polis Bukit Aman (14), Perpustakaan Kanak-Kanak Kuala Lumpur (15), Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur - KL Library & Galeri Kuala Lumpur (16), Pustaka Peringatan Kuala Lumpur (formerly Muzium Sejarah) (17), Restoran Warisan (18),

Central Market (19), Central Market Annexe (20), Bar Council - Majlis Peguam (21), HSBC Building - Kuala Lumpur Main (22), Wisma Hamzah - Kwong Hing (23), RHB Bank Card Centre (24), Wisma MBSB (25), Quill 6 (26), McDonald's on Wisma Konwa (27), International Money Express - IME (28), The Chennai Potty Textile Shop & Leboh Ampang (29), Nalli's Silks Sari Centre & Betel Leaf Restaurant @ Lebuh Ampang (30), Wisma Allianz (31), Bangunan Ming Annexe (32), Wisma Lee Rubber (33), Masjid Jamek Putra (kelana Line) LRT Station (34), Masjid Jamek Star LRT Station (35), Persatuan Eng Choon Hoey Kuan Kuala Lumpur - Hokkien Clan Association (36), Bangunan Yayasan Ann Koai Selangor (37), Kedai Roti Federal (38), Restoran Bilal (39),

Wisma Bandar (40), Swiss Hotel (41), Menara Tun Razak (42), Bangunan KWSP - EPF (43), Menara Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur 1 & Auditorium DBKL (44), Menara Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur 2 (45), Menara UOB (46), Menara Bumiputra-Commerce - CIMB (47), Bandaraya Star LRT Station (48),

Wisma Amanah Raya Annex (50), Wisma Amanah Raya & Standard Chartered Bank (51), Akademi Etiqa (formerly Menara Etiqa, Bangunan Dato Zainal) (52), Malayan Mansion (53), Wisma TAS (54), Menara Bumiputra - Bank Muamalat (55), Kedai & Pejabat Sri Bunus (56), Palace Hotel (58), Pondok Polis Masjid India (59), Mydin Wholesale Emporium (60), Hotel MACKT (61), Another Mydin (62), Garden City Hotel (63), Star Points Hotel, Pasaraya Haniffa, Wisma Shen (64),

Maytower Hotel Serviced Apartments (70), Plaza City One Condo & Shopping Mall (71), Semua House Shopping Complex (72). Sarah Hughes @ Globe (formerly Globe Silk Store) (73), Kowloon Hotel (74), Wisma Harwant - GS Gill Sports (75), Coliseum Cafe (76), Kamdar (77), Pawagam Coliseum Cinema (78), Blue Sky Hotel (79), Masjid India (80), Citin Hotel Masjid India (81), Bazar Jalan Masjid India (83), Wisma Yakin (84), Menara UAB (85), Menara OCBC (86), Wisma Kraftangan (87),

Bank Negara KTM Komuter Station (90), Kompleks Pejabat Kerajaan Bukit Perdana (91), Bank Negara - Central Bank Of Malaysia (92), National Press Club @ Jalan Tangsi (93), Wisma Ekran (94), PAM - Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (96)
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Surrounding Roads: Jalan Raja, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Melaka, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Kinabalu, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Gereja, Jalan Melayu, Jalan Masjid India, Jalan Bunus, Lorong Gombak, Leboh Pasar Besar, Jalan Benteng, Medan Pasar, Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Dato Onn, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Jalan Tangsi, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Jalan Bukit Aman, Jalan Tugu, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Hang Kasturi

Nearby Hotels: Swiss Hotel (41), Palace Hotel (58), Garden City Hotel (63), Star Points Hotel (64), Maytower Hotel Serviced Apartments (70), Kowloon Hotel (74), Blue Sky Hotel (79), Citin Hotel (81)
(For telephone contact, full address & web site of individual hotel, see our Hotel Listings)

Nearest Train Station: Masjid Jamek LRT Station (34), Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter Station
Nearest Police Station:
Balai Polis Dang Wangi
Bus Number:
GPS Coordinates & Position: N3 08.920 E101 41.666
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