Kuala Lumpur, colloquially referred to as KL, is the capital city of Malaysia. As the cultural, financial and economic centre of Malaysia, there are many iconic architecture in Kuala Lumpur. From skyscrapers with Islamic motifs to British colonial-era landmarks, you will be amazed by the architectural gems awaiting you.
Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers is the world’s tallest twin structure with 88-storeys, standing at 452 metres tall. They were once the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until they were surpassed by Taipei 101. Both towers joined at the 41st and 42nd floors by a 58 metre long, double-decker Sky Bridge. The towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs in Islamic art as a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. As one of the landmarks of Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Towers primarily house the headquarters of Petronas Company, other offices & a shopping mall. Besides, it is also a host to Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, as well as Petrosains Science Centre.
Kuala Lumpur Tower
Constructed in 1994, Kuala Lumpur Tower stands at 421 metres with its viewing deck at 276 metres. The viewing deck is at least 100 metres higher than the Petronas Twin Towers’ Sky Bridge. Erected atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, this building is primarily used as a communication infrastructure. The tower’s architectural-style reflects Malaysia’s vibrant Islamic heritage with Islamic tiles, typical Islamic floral and abstract patterns. Besides, the building has ‘Muqarnas’, a form of ornamented vaulting in Islamic architecture. Moreover, KL Tower also hosts a revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360. Hence, visitors are able to enjoy the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a late-nineteenth century Moorish-style building. It originally housed the offices of the British colonial administration in its early years. It once housed the superior courts of the country. And now, it is home to the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia. Built in 1897, the building is constructed entirely with brick. It features strong gothic, western and Moorish-style influences with a porch, arches, curved colonnades topped with shiny copper cupolas and a domineering 41.2m high clock tower.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was Kuala Lumpur’s third railway station. It is a Moorish-style building, adopting a mixture of Eastern & Western styles. It resembles a typical glass and iron Victorian-era English railway building. Standing opposite the Malaya Railway Administration Building, it used to house the offices of the Federated Malay States Railways. But, it’s now the administrative head office of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu.
Putra Mosque in Kuala Lumpur is one of the modern mosques in the world. Its Islamic-architecture artistically blends traditional designs, local craftsmanship and the use of indigenous materials. Located next to the Perdana Putra and man-made Putrajaya Laka, Putra Mosque incorporates Malaysia, Persian & Arab-Islamic architectural designs. The mosque is constructed in rose-tinted granite which gives its desert-pink hue that offsets the cengal woodwork on doors, windows and panels.
Perdana Putra Complex
Perdana Putra Complex is a 6-storey natural stone clad office complex comprising the Prime Minister’s Office, the offices of the deputy Prime Minister and Chief Secretary to the Government. Located in Precinct 1, the complex overlooks Putrajaya Lake, Putra Mosque and Dataran Putra. The design of Perdana Putra Complex incorporates elements of Islamic-Mogul architecture. For instance, the green-pitched roof converges at the onion-shaped glazed mosaic dome, wrought iron bunga raya motifs and more.
Istana Budaya is also known as The Palace of Culture. It is Malaysia’s National Theatre – the main venue for all types of theatre including musical theatre, operetta, classical concerts and opera from local & international performances. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, it is nestled next to the National Art Gallery. The building was designed by the local architect with the inspiration of a traditional moon kite in flight. Istana Budaya is one of the most striking structures in KL due to its turquoise-blue tiled roof. Besides, the main building takes the shape of the sirih junjung, a traditional arrangement made of betel leaves used during Malay wedding and welcoming ceremonies.
Thean Hou Temple
Also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest & largest temples in Southeast Asia. This six-tiered temple is dedicated to Tian Hou, the Chinese Sea Goddess Mazu. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, the temple is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Thean Hou Temple is a representation of a successful combination of modern architectural techniques and authentic traditional design. For instance, the pillars, roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments.
Masjid Jamek is also known as Friday Mosque. It is officially known as Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad. Built in 1907, Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Overlooking the Klang River, the design of the mosque has been described as Moorish, Indo-Saracenic or Mughal architecture. This building has the similar style as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. With its strategic location, Masjid Jamek offers spectacular photogenic scenes due to its architectural styles and flourishing surroundings.
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