Kuala Lumpur: Historical Buildings VS New Attractions

Kuala Lumpur: Historical Buildings VS New Attractions

Text by: Sweezy Tan - 22 June 2022

A blend of old colonial influences and multicultural traditions, with modern and postmodern mix buildings, the city scene of Kuala Lumpur is vibrant and colourful. 

Significant Historical buildings 

Sultan Abdul Samad Building 苏丹阿都沙末大厦

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

One of the earliest Moorish-style buildings on Merdeka Square, the building was constructed in the late 19th century to house the offices of the British colonial administration. 

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station 吉隆坡旧火车站

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

This iconic building with a grand structure exudes an Indo-Saracenic style, designed by British soldier and architect, Arthur Benison Hubback, stands as one of KL’s most remarkable landmarks today. 

Merdeka Square 独立广场
©NHasan, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia CommonsCentral Market 中央艺术坊
©Bearsmalaysia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Merdeka Square 

This is a historical spot where Malaysia first claimed our independent on August 31, 1957. 

Central Market 

Founded in 1888 and originally used as a wet market, Central Market is now a hub for Malaysian culture and heritage and popular destination for buying souvenirs. 

Royal Selangor Club 皇家雪兰莪俱乐部
©Shesmax, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Royal Selangor Club

Heritage venue located around the Dataran Merdeka, this is another monumental structure that is a reflection of the city’s opulence, culture and history. 

Splendid New Attractions

Saloma Link Bridge ©shutterstock

Saloma Link Bridge

This colourful new attraction is 69 metres long combined pedestrian and bicyclist bridge across the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur. It is named after the Malaysian singer and actress Saloma who was popular in the 1950s. 



The latest retail space that connects guests to nature, community and human interaction, is a latest spot for lifestyle, leisure and dining.

River of Life ©shutterstock

River of Life

Located near Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad, the oldest mosque in the city, it is a convergence point of two rivers: the Klang River and the Gombak River. One of the main attractions of River of Life is the “Dancing Symphony Fountain”, featuring a hi-tech water system installed that sprouts to various rhythms of music. 

Street Art in Bukit Bintang 武吉免登的壁画 
©shutterstockBrickfields Colourful Backlane 十五碑的彩色后巷

Street Art in Bukit Bintang

Cartoon clouds and nature-inspired murals have been hidden in plain sight in 7 black lanes in Bukit Bintang, added an artistic feel to the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Brickfields Colourful Backlane

Once a filthy backlane along Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields with the effort of DBKL, is now transformed to become an artsy backlane beautified with murals and colourful hanging umbrellas, a newly Instagram-worthy hotspot. 


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