Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Officially known as Kuala Lumpur Station, this Moorish-style railway terminal was designed by the same architect for Masjid Jamek, A.B. Hubbock; in 1886.
As Mr.Hubback had previously served the British administration in India before being transferred to Kuala Lumpur, his passion for Morish/Northern Indian designs are clearly reflected here. Not suprising then Kuala Lumpur‘s Railway Station and Masjid Jamek have close resemblance. Its domes and minarets’ unique features make it one of the most phothograph railway station in the world. The station housed a linear set of halls with the platforms were out behind.
It was extended in 1967 to accomodate the need for additional office space. The new extension also housed the Heritage Station Hotel at the station’s northern wing. In the 1980s extensive renovation was carried out to modernise the station but not at the expense of its original design which is still being preserved and not unnecessarily destroyed.
With the opening of Kuala Lumpur‘s integrated trains station and transport hub – KL Sentral – in 2001, all of the inter-city trains now use KL Sentral as their embarkation point, leaving only KTM Komuter trains and PLUSLiner coaches that still operate from this old railway station. However, plan is underway to turn the railway station into a tourist attraction heritage building.
Address: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur
Directions: Located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, close to the Masjid Negara