The architecture all around Malaysia today displays almost every imaginable architectural category and style of Asia’s main cultures and religions. Yet while the old architectural heritage is preserved, Malaysia looks forward and creates its own new towering heritage in the world.
Today most Malaysian cities and towns are a milieu of old and new. As exemplified by the capital Kuala Lumpur, where traditional houses and colonial edifices stand together with mosques, temples and churches; all within walking distance under the shadow of a new heritage, the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin buildings. This architectural evolution is the result of historical influences on the nation over the centuries. It began from the ancient forest-born native dwellings to Hindu-Indian and Arab-Muslim influences followed by the arrival of the Chinese as the Asian part. Then came the series of European colonial periods from the Portuguese,Dutch and finally the British but which was tempered by local sentiment throughout; finally to the independent modern Malaysian vision yet still rooted in traditional spirituality.
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING, KUALA LUMPUR.
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 construction works for the building began.
Location: Jalan Raja, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
SULTAN IBRAHIM BUILDING, JOHOR BAHRU
Sultan Ibrahim Building is one of the historical landmarks in Johor Bahru that you will not miss. Located at Bukit Timbalan, this building was the tallest in Johor Bahru in the 1970s before taller buildings began to emerge. The construction started in 1936. Sultan Ibrahim officiated this building in 1942. The building The total build-up area was 60,000 sq. ft. Designed by Palmer and Turner, one of the more prominent British architecture firms, its design combines western and eastern architecture.
Location: Bukit Timbalan, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
IPOH RAILWAY STATION, PERAK
Ipoh Railway Station is nicknamed the Taj Mahal of Ipoh for its sense of scale and grandeur. It was completed in 1917 and had a hotel on the upper floor. It was then closed down a few years ago. Arthur Benison was a government draftsman/architect who also designed Kuala Lumpur’s railway station.
Location: Stesen KTM, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
SERI MENANTI, NEGERI SEMBILAN.
Seri Menanti is a town, a mukim and a state assembly constituency in the Kuala Pilah District, in central Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. It is the royal town of the state of Negeri Sembilan and houses the seat of the Yang Di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan or Yamtuan Besar, the ruler of the state of Negeri Sembilan.
Location: Minangkabau, 3, N24, Kampung Tanjung Beringin, 71550 Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan
ISTANA JAHAR, KOTA BHARU.
Kota Bahru is the capital of Kelantan, and it's located at the west peninsular Malaysia. It has a colorful local culture and it's also known as the 'cradle of Malay culture'. Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) is located at the cultural zone and easily reached by accessing Jalan Hilir Kota and Jalan Sultan.
Location: Jalan Sultan, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan
NEGERI SEMBILAN STATE MUSEUM.
Wisma Negeri is Negeri Sembilan's state secretariat building. It was built in 1987 and located at Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. It houses the machinery of the state government, including Menteri Besar's (Chief Minister's) office, Housing and local government unit office and Hall and protocol unit.
Location: Jalan Dato' Abdul Kadir, Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
NATIONAL MUSEUM, KUALA LUMPUR.
The National Museum is a museum located on Jalan Damansara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The museum is situated in close proximity to the Perdana Lake Gardens and it provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture. Its facade comprises elements of traditional Malay and modern features.
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Location: Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jln Damansara, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50566 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
JAMEK MOSQUE, KUALA LUMPUR.
Jamek Mosque, officially Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and may be accessed via Jalan Tun Perak. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, and built in 1909.
Location: Jalan Tun Perak, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur