Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The design of the Sultan Abdul Samad building in downtown Kuala Lumpur is a mixture between Indo-Saracenic, Neo-Mughal, and Moorish architecture.


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50050 Kuala Lumpur

Completed in 1897, the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building used to house the offices of the British colonial administration in Malaya.

Simply known as the ‘Government Offices’ back then, the building was renamed in 1974 after Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning Sultan of Selangor during the time the building began construction.

Today, this historical building houses the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia.

The Royal Selangor Club and the historic Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), where the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time on 31 August 1957, lies just across the street from the Sultan Abdul Samad building.

At night, the historic buliding, including its majestic copper domes and clocktower, is beautifully lit, creating a spectacle worth experiencing in person.

The building shares the same blend of architectural styles with other iconic buildings located nearby, including Masjid Jamek, Panggung Bandaraya and the old KL Railway Station.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours daily.

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How to get to Sultan Abdul Samad Building

This well-known landmark faces Merdeka Square in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, and is easily accessible.

By Train
Take the PUTRA line and alight at Pasar Seni or Masjid Jamek. Ask for directions to the building, which is just a short walk away.

By Bus
If you are on the KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus, just stop at the Merdeka Square stop and walk straight up to the entrance door. Alternatively, hop off any bus service that stops near Merdeka Square.

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