Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Location: Kuala Lumpur

Location Info

Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

District » City Centre


The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the historical landmarks in the city center. Located just opposite the Merdeka Square Kuala Lumpur and the Royal Selangor Club, the structure got its name from Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning Sultan when the constructions works for the building began.


Inside of the Sultan Abdul Samad building are the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. The building has a shiny copper dome and a clock tower which is 40 meters high. The building serves as a backdrop for many essential events for the country. Among the important events celebrated at the Sultan Abdul Samad building are the National Day Parade on August 31 and the welcoming of the New Year. Other historical event which took place at this building was the declaration of independence of Malaysia back in 31 August 1957. Another important event happened on 1st January 1982 when the time between Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak were standardized.

Other attractions nearby would be the Petaling Street (Chinatown) and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. These are the two famous places where you can shop for anything. These two places are always bustling with people. Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is most famous for its imported fabrics, sarees, leather goods and batik. You can also do your shopping at Berjaya Times Square. This multilevel shopping mall is occupied by hundreds of shop and it also has the largest covered theme park in Malaysia. Food here is also abundant.

There are many restaurants in Kuala Lumpur as well as cafes and food courts. Accommodation wise, do not worry. There are plenty of hotels in Kuala Lumpur. There are even more hotels in Bukit Bintang.


The Sultan Abdul Samad building is walking distance from Masjid Jamek. Thus, an alternative way you can get here other than using the taxi service is by getting on the LRT and stop at the Masjid Jamek Station. From there you can walk to the Sultan Abduk Samad building.