The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a beautiful Mughal-style railway station located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur. The National Mosque, Station Hotel and Dayabumi Complex are among the nearby landmarks.
The designers were Arthur Benison Hubback (AB Hubback), the same British architect who designed most of the distinctive buildings of Mughal architecture in Kuala Lumpur, including Masjid Jamek, Old City Hall, Old High Court and Selangor Railway Office building (presently Textile Museum).
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station building is a unique blend of various architectures, and has elements from the 13th and 14th century Ottoman and Mughal empires as well as Gothic and ancient Greek designs. Its high and wide verandahs is well adapted to the tropical climate.
The rhythmic arched colonades wrapping the verandahs give the building on its facade an interesting shadow interplay. There are five domes sit majestically atop the building, each surrounded by four spiral columns of orthodox Greek design.
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is definitely a delight for all photography buffs! Its domes and minarets’ unique features make it one of the most photograph railway station in the world. The station housed a linear set of halls with the platforms were out behind.
Mughal or Moorish?
Mughal architecture is the distinctive style of Islamic, Persian and Indian architecture, developed by the Mughal Empire in India in the 16th century. The Taj Mahal (1630-1653) in Agra, India and the Shalimar Garden (1641-1642) in Lahore, Pakistan, are two examples of Mughal architecture.
Moorish architecture is a term used to describe the Islamic architecture of North Africa and parts of Spain and Portugal where the Moors were dominant from 711-1492. The best surviving examples are La Mezquita in Cordoba and the Alhambra palace (1338-1390), and also the Giralda in 1184.
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station building was completed in 1911 when it began service as the central point for Malaya’s rail transportation system such as the Keretapi Tanah Melayu. This historical building was partly damaged during World War 2 due to bombing and by a fire in 1968 but has then been restored to its original conditions with additional new facilities and buildings, including air-conditioned waiting halls, tourism information counters, snack bars and more. The new extension also housed the Heritage Station Hotel at the station’s northern wing.
Just opposite the old station, you can find the Malayan Railway (Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTMB) Administration building. The building’s Mughal design readily complements the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Both buildings are linked by an underground thoroughfare.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is the oldest railway station in West Malaysia and is the hub of the railway services which serve Peninsular Malaysia running north to Bangkok, Thailand and south to Singapore. The railway line run about 782 kilometer from Padang Besar to Singapore in the west coast and 526 kilometer from Gemas to Tumpat in the east coast.
The Old Central Station
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station used to be the central train station in Kuala Lumpur but the role moved to the new train station, KL Sentral and long distance trains do not stop here any more. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station now serves only for KTM Komuter Trains, operating along 2 routes 1) Rawang – Kajang, 2)Sentul-Port Klang, running every 20/30 min. The tickets are sold only by vending machines.
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station received its last intercity train service on April 15, 2001 with the arrival of the Senandung Malam at 10.30pm. It marked the end of the station’s 90-year period as the central hub of rail transportation in the Kuala Lumpur.
The designers were Arthur Benison Hubback (AB Hubback), the same British architect who designed most of the distinctive buildings of Mughal architecture in Kuala Lumpur, including Masjid Jamek, Old City Hall, Old High Court and Selangor Railway Office building (presently Textile Museum). Starting from April 16, 2001 all KTM Berhad intercity services to the north, south and the east coast will operate from the new Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station located in nearby Brickfields. Only KTM Komuter services will continue to stop at the old KL Railway Station.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is indeed another unique and frequently visit Kuala Lumpur buildings!