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About Central Market, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Royal Selangor Club, Merdeka Square, Masjid Jamek


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Central Market Sultan Abdul Samad Building Royal Selangor Club Merdeka Square Masjid Jamek

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Central Market

Built in 1888 and list as a heritage site by the Malaysian Heritage Society, Central Market is a one stop souvenir shop

It’s also well known as a venue for performing arts

This building, designed by architect and engineer TY Lee, is a fine example of Art Deco styles of the 1930s

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Central Market

Central market used to be the town’s wholesale and retail wet market for fresh produce

It was renovated and reopened in 1986, and it was the first example of a heritage building being adapted for a different use

It is now a leading crafts centre in the city

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Central Market

Usually held in the evenings from 5.00pm to about 11.00pm all over the city, the pasar malam has become part of the country’s landscape – and part and parcel of every Malaysians way of life

If you’re staying close to the centre of town – then central Market is well worth a visit

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Central Market

As one of the oldest and most talked about markets in KL, it’s a great place to pick up some really interesting curios and bargains

Central market is located in Jalan Kasturi in the cities old Market Square area

Central Market has plenty handicraft items of local origin from all the states in Malaysia

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Central Market

Some of the more enticing souvenirs fond at Central Market are the traditionally woven songket (luxurious fabric with gold and silver threads sew intricately on it), sutera (valuable silk weaving), batik (hand-painted motifs on dyed silk), and wau (popular Malay Kites) among others

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Central Market

You can also find plenty of personalized key chains, souvenir T-shirts, antique replicas, paintings, costume jewellery, pewter, etc

A visit to Central Market will present to you a vivid sense of city life combined with all the traditional and diversified cultures that represent Malaysia

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The construction of this building started in 1893 and was completed in 1896

This remarkable edifice, built in 1897, was named after the state ruler and taking its name from the reigning Sultan of Selangor of the time and served as the government administration building during the British era

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Designed by AC Norman to house government offices during the British administration

Boasting a Mahometan or Neo-Saracenic (Moorish) style, the building is constructed entirely of brick

It was the largest building of its day and was said to be the finest in the Malay states

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The stately structure consists of an imposing porch, graceful horseshoe-shaped arches, shiny copper domes and a 41.2 meter high clock tower

The building makes an impressive landmark when illuminated at night

The building was used until quite recently by the Federal Court and the Court of Appeals – before moving to the Palace of Justice in Malaysia’s new federal administrative capital, Putrajaya

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Royal Selangor Club

Adjacent to Dataran Merdeka is the Royal Selangor Club, a charming Mock-Tudor structure

It was founded in1884 as a small plank building with thatched roof, serving as a social and cricket club for the growing expatriate community

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Royal Selangor Club

The original building was replaced in 1890 by two-storey timber structure designed by AC Norman, a government architect, and rebuilt in 1910 with a design similar to a Mock-Tudor house by architect AB Hubback

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Royal Selangor Club

In the colonial days, the club was dubbed ‘The Spotted Dog’, a nickname purportedly originating from the police commissioner’s black and white Dalmatians, often brought there by his wife

The name is also said to have originated from its mixed membership at that time

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Royal Selangor Club

It was again rebuilt to its present form in 1979 by architect Fong Ying Leong, after a fire razed the building in 1970

The club is exclusively for members and has a wide range of sporting facilities as well as food and beverage outlets

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Merdeka Square

At precisely 12.01am on 31 august 1957, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time on Malaysia soil, and the Malaysia flag was raised – marking the end of British colonial rule and the beginning of Malaysia’s independence

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Merdeka Square

It was at Merdeka Square that shouts of “Merdeka!” which means “Independence” were heard across the city - during the early hours on that historic day in August

Today, a 100 meter high flagpole, said to be the tallest in the world proudly carries the Malaysia flag

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Merdeka Square

The square used to be the focal point of Kuala Lumpur and the field here was the venue for police parades and cricket matches

Today, it is a beautifully landscaped area with gardens, terraces and fountains and a popular spot for photography

The square remains an important place for national events such as National Day celebrations and street parades

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Masjid Jamek

This mosque holds the record of being the oldest mosque in the city of KL and is situated right at the confluence of the Gombak River and the Klang River

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Masjid Jamek

It can be said that Masjid Jamek reminds all of Kuala Lumpur’s humble beginnings and in its background, is the confluence of two LRT lines, the Ampang-Sri Petaling line with the Kelana Jaya line, further highlighting its strategic location

Built in 1909, Masjid Jamek Mosque is the oldest mosque in the city and was officially opened by the then Sultan of Selangor

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Masjid Jamek

The mosque rests at the meeting point between the Klang and Gombak rivers, the historical birthplace of Kuala Lumpur

The area is also one of the very first places where the early settlers built their homes

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Masjid Jamek

Inspired by Mogul architecture from northern India, Cupolas and minarets top the brick walls and arched colonnades while a 70 feet dome surmounts the prayer hall

Masjid Jamek was the city’s principal mosque until the opening of the National Mosque in 1965

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