The Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Is This The Most Beautiful in KL?

Is Sultan Abdul Samad Building the most beautiful of colonial architecture in Kuala Lumpur? I think so. Though designed by a British architect, A.C. Norman, there is nothing British in it – as far as I’m concerned. I mean, if you look at the facade, there’s no trace of British influence in there, right? Or maybe – there is – but my untrained eye couldn’t see it. Probably, the interior has some shades of British colonial influence, I reckon. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get in there.

Sultan Abdul Amad Building Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Sultan Abdul Amad Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In my previous post, you would know that the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is right across Merdeka Square.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At first glance from afar, I really thought the well-designed building didn’t blend well with the modern skyscrapers in the background.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The longer I stayed at the square, the more I saw the contrasting skyline. I learned to appreciate it. It’s like looking at the history of the city in visuals.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As someone who had been to Morocco and India, from its facade, I could already tell its architectural style: Moorish and Mughal.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Sultan Abdul Amad Building was once a seat of the British government.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It got its name from the Sultan who ruled during the British occupation of the city/country.

Hotel Kuala Lumpur Hostel View Skyline Pool
Sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Then later, it became the office building for the federal judicial courts of Malaysia.

Sightseeing Hotel Hostel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Nowadays, it houses the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hotel in Kuala Lumpur with a SkyPool Overlooking the City’s Skyline

I stayed at Expressionz Suites by V&C near downtown Kuala Lumpur. I wrote a request to the hotel staff to give me a room with views of the city. And yay, I got what I wanted! I could see the city’s skyline right from my bed. My suite is clean and it has its own washing machine! The breakfast was good – offering both Malaysian and western food. But most of all, the main hotel amenity that everyone wants to check out is the Sky Pool! You won’t regret looking at the fantastic views here while in your wet swimwear. 😉 

Read my full review of Expressionz Hotel here.

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