Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station © Jimmy Harris
British architect AB Hubbock was inspired by North Indian Islamic design when he conceived this magnificent railway station, which could easily be mistaken for a sultan's palace. Spires, minarets, towers and arches explode against the backdrop of skyscrapers emphasising the glory of Moorish elegance. The building is lovely and has been very well-maintained, and it is a refreshing sight in a city which actually has very little colonial architecture, and few historic old buildings. It serves not only as an aesthetic vision but is in use as an important commuter station; inside it is fairly unremarkable and looks much like other stations. Opposite the station there is an administrative building which is also architecturally interesting. Inside the station there is a small railway museum on the evolution of railway technology in Malaysia; the exhibition is intriguing for railway fanatics, but for those not particularly interested in the technology it may be a waste of time. The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is ultimately more of a landmark than an attraction - it only requires a quick walk by and photo shoot and shouldn't occupy much of your time - but it is a charming building which attracts rave reviews from many visitors to the city.
Address: Jalan Hishamuddin