The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located in front of Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) in Jalan Raja is one of the most well known landmarks in the city. The construction of this building started in 1893 and was completed in 1897. Initially the building was designed to house the colonial State Government of Selangor but when it was completed, it housed the entire Federated Malay States (FMS) admninistration.
The building boasts a 43.6 metre high clock tower with a large dome, which is one of its most famous features.
There are two smaller towers near the main entrance, both which also domed. The domes are very unique.
The smaller domes were originally made of copper sheets placed over wooden frames and painted black. These were later replaced by proper copper domes that were gifts from the Australian government. The new domes were not painted but coated with high quality varnish to retain their shine.
The building houses the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia.
The foundation stone of the building was laid by the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Charles Mitchell, on 19th October 1894.
It formerly housed the superior courts of the country: the Federal Court Of Malaysia, the Court Of Appeals and the High Court Of Malaya.
view of The Sultan Abdul Samad Building from Dataran Merdeka
The building has undergone several renovations. These included building extensions at the back to house officers and canteen and overhauling the wiring system to allow more lighting and the use of air conditioners. It Is 122 metres long.