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A Colonial Era Railway Station That Still Shines!

KL Railway Station

What tourists are saying about the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

“Railway Station with Mughal Architecture”

It is located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. The building was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback (AB Hubback). He designed most of the distinctive buildings of Mughal architecture in Malaysian including Masjid Jamek. It is more than 100 years old. It was the Central Railway Station. Now it is just a stop for commuter train. The main station is now in Plaza Sentral.

Inside the building is Heritage Hotel. It is an old Hotel but has been refurbished but still maintains it old culture. There is also a Bar. It still has the old oak bar stand. There is an elevator which manually open and closes. It now a thing but a piece of history of malaya. This was the real malaya.

Opposite the building is the Administrative office. there is an underpass which you can use to go over but you are not allowed into the building.

Visited March 2014


If you are an architecture and history buff, you will love this old building. It is the old KL main train station and it is in between Sentral Station and Chinatown, so it is easily walked from either end.
Worth the visit even just for the amazing photo opportunities.

Visited February 2014

“Stunning building”

This is a fantastic example (still intact) of Mughal architecture – the best in Malaysia perhaps. It is the old main railway station for Kuala Lumpur, situtated very near Central Market, Merdeka Square and the National Mosque. It’s a beautiful sight, whether you are just driving past, or stop to take it all in. In function, it has been usurped by the modern KL Sentral station now, but the architecture is hard to beat. Fabulous!

Visited December 2013

“Beautiful architecture”

The old KTM station is almost without argument one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture from Malaysia’s by-gone days. Not sure what the building is used for nowadays, but it’s worth a visit if only to take a few awesome photos of it and it’s also gorgeous twin across the road.

The station is best accessed by taxi, but is also walkable from Chinatown (Petaling Street), Central Market, Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, KL Sentral and Little India (Brickfields).

Visited July 2013

“Recommended – Off the beaten path”

Who would think that a railroad station could be a great place to visit… but it is! A beautiful islamic architecture gives this train station a special touch that makes it very interesting to see.

Source: Tripadvisor


Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

About the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Located on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin in Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Lumpur Railway station is one of the best examples of colonial architecture in Malaysia. The attractive part of this monument is that it is gleaming with white with Moorish arches, balustrades, minarets and cupolas. The monument was designed by architect A.B. Hubbock, who is also known for designing the striking Masjid Jamek.

Reason to Visit the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

“Amazing Building Architecture!”

Arthur Benison Hubback, a British Architectural Assistant to the Director of Public Works, undertook the design of the station. Having served in India, he utilised his knowledge of Anglo-Asian architecture in the region on the station’s design.

The “Neo-Moorish/Mughal/Indo-Saracenic/Neo-Saracenic” style was not uncommon at the time.

Similar structures, such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (designed by A.C. Norman, completed 1897), the Old City Hall (designed by A.B. Hubback, completed 1904) and the Jamek Mosque (designed by A.B. Hubback, completed 1909), pre-date Kuala Lumpur station.

Source: Wikipedia

Since the building was constructed in 1911 which was then Malaya was under the British rule, the railway station bears the specification of railroad stations in England and included an iron roof capable of withstanding up to 3 feet of snow. Before the new building was constructed, the railway station used to be just a structure with attap or thatch-roofed shed. It had been a railway station since the first railroad line was constructed in 1886.

Since then the railway station has been serving its purpose for over 90 years as the city main intercity rail terminal until it was replaced in 2001 by the state-of-the-art KL Sentral Station, a few streets to the south. Currently only KTM Komuter trains pass through this historic station. Although the station’s role as the city main rail terminal has been replaced, it still is one of the city’s most notable landmarks.

Best Place for Taking Pictures

A lot of photography enthusiasts are attracted by the station unique architecture. As such the monument remains one of the most photographed buildings in the country. The best view of the station can be captured from Jalan Kinabalu.

A Heritage Hotel Within the Railway Station

Other than serving as a railway station, the building also houses a colonial-era Heritage Station Hotel which was one of the grandest in its time. The hotel continues to remain in this building until now.

The easiest way of reaching the building is by taking the KTM Commuter since KTM commuter is the only train that passes it. Other ways of reaching it is by taxis as well as buses.


Kuala Lumpur Railway Station


Kuala Lumpur Railway Station


Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Nearby Attractions Around the Railway Station

  • Chinatown – The Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is within the most visited tourist destination due to its vibrant economic and cultural activities including the famous Petaling Street Market. The Chinatown also encompasses other historically rich heritages such as the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, Sze Ya Temple, a Sikh temple, a Gospel church as well as the famous Islamic mosque, Masjid Jamek.
  • Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur – The Golden Triangle is a modern and stylish district with 5-star premier hotels, including the Mandarin Oriental and shopping malls such as Pavilion KL, Sungai Wang Plaza and Berjaya Time Squares. Moreover, the Golden Triangle is Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping and nightlife district with countless bars and pubs. It’s absolutely a must-visit tourist destination if shopping and clubbing are your favorite nightlife activities.
  • Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) – The KLCC is listed within the most visited tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur simply because the area is made up of multiple attractions including the Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Aquaria KLCC, and of course the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.
  • Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) – The Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka is a place of history. You could find many of the great history events took place in Kuala Lumpur here. One of which is the lowering of the Union Flag performed here on August 31st, 1957 when independent Malaysia was born. Attractions include Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Royal Selangor Club, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Central Market and National History Museum.
  • Little India – If you are planning to get to know more about the multi-culture society of Malaysia, the Little India is definitely the place you must not miss. This vibrant Indian enclave is a living heritage that can be dated as far back as 100 years old. Some famous attractions at Little India are the Masjid India and the neighborhood of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

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