Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad or in English Sultan Abdul Samad Building
It was designed by A.C. Norman and built in 1894-1897 to house several important government departments during the British administration. A.C. Norman spent time in Africa and saw Muslim mosque in India which led him to use Moorish architecture in the building's design.
In 1945, when World War II ended, Britain resumed control again, but Malaya's independence movement had matured and organized itself in an alliance under Tunku Abdul Rahman. When the British flag was finally lowered in Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka Square in 1957, Tunku became the first prime minister of Malaya.
In front of the building is the Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square). It was here, the Union Jack flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. The Dataran Merdeka was officially opened on January 1, 1990, in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 1990.
The Merdeka Square symbolized British sovereignty as it was a cricket ground for the colonial administrators and fronted the Royal Selangor Club, Malaya's most exclusive whites-only club.
In 1961, Abdul Rahman mooted the idea of the establishment of "Malaysia", which would consist of Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei, all of which had still been British colonies. The reasoning behind this was that it would allow the federal government to control and combat communist activities, especially in Singapore. It was also feared that if Singapore achieved independence, it would become a base for Chinese chauvinists to threaten Malayan sovereignty. To balance out the ethnic composition of the new nation, the other states, whose Malay and indigenous populations would cancel out the Chinese majority in Singapore, were also included.
A 95-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks that spot with a flat, round black marble plaque. It is located at the southern end of the square.
To mark the occasion on the morning of Merdeka Day, Thousands of spectators converge on the city to watch the colourful parade along the streets of the city and performances held at the Merdeka Square. Each state will be represented, as are the many ethnic groups that comprise multiracial Malaysia. The National Flag will be flown throughout the country, at office buildings, private homes and on vehicles. State shows, competitions and exhibitions will also be held in all states. This year, Malaysia celebrates her 50th birthday.
During state occasions, coloured lights twinkle in the arches, making it look like a scene from an Arabian Nights' tale. The section of Jalan Raja is closed in order for the people to enjoy the night scenery of the area.
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robertosalguero (288) 2007-10-21 20:21
This is a beautiful building. The colours and design are excellent and the contrast it creates are beautiful. Good details and interesting point of view. The people on the foreground add more dynamics to the view. Thanks Ally.
trekks (14348) 2007-10-21 21:13
Good architectural view of this historical landmark.
.lighting gives good shadow contrast in windows
.ppl walking is good element
.horizontal lines match building behind
.good pov, compo
.dayabumi at frame edge good contrast
Chaps (2131) 2007-10-21 21:38
Bon POV de ce bâtiment. Les lignes horizontales du bâtiment contrastent très bien avec les buildings de l'arrière-plan. Bien vu.
Trèss bonne journée
pally3100 (3413) 2007-10-21 21:58
hi frien Ally
a really good picture with good sharpness, light, and point of view , the composition is also at the top.The subject is an interesting contrast between modern and former british colonial art architectur."there are a hollywood film who how told of this part of historical ww2 end in your land" it' s "my life beginning in Malaysia " may be be thave your see that movie"
Very happy to read friendly you Nadine and Henri
dareco (17134) 2007-10-22 1:55
Very beautiful and unique building with great color and detail. An informative note as well. TFS
bazal (7900) 2007-10-22 7:02
Interesting shot where the traditional architecture of the mosque contrasts with the impressive buildings. I imagine it was probably not possible to have a wider angle, but it would have been really nice not to crop the upper part of the mosque and the legs of the walking man of the foreground out.
Thanks for sharing!
gracious (20025) 2007-10-22 10:22
this is a well captured photo!
good pov with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
the exposure and focus is well controlled
very well done and well seen
thanks for the useful notes too
jlbrthnn (76037) 2007-10-22 11:02
I like this contrast with ancient and modern buildings. It is an image very well realized with a great clarity. Cheer.
Have a good evening.
Tort (2266) 2007-10-22 12:52
A good capture of this interesting building, lovely architecture with pleasing light and excellent colors. Excelent contrast with a modern buildings. Very good sharpness and good note too
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-10-23 10:39
Superb architecture picture, I like a lot the geometrics you caught, and sharpness and colors are great too.
Charo (51212) 2007-10-25 16:52
Magnífico edificio con una bonita arquitectura. Buen contraste con los grandes rascacielos. Excelente luz y colores.
jmdias (65105) 2008-01-07 16:31
it is an interesting building, nice architecture. I liked this light too
paura (47186) 2008-09-18 14:09
The contrasts of the new architecture building against the old are very interesting in your well composed photo. Well done.
huyinghui (487) 2008-11-26 5:27
Very good POV. I like the inclusion of the two pedestrians in the foreground. Regards.
tpstrek (2168) 2009-04-28 1:03
Love the contrast between the old and modern buildings.
Well chosen pov, great horizontal lines contrasting the vertical ones of the modern buildings.
foozi (7101) 2009-05-30 23:11
lovely view of the building. I like this spot very much. sometimes the traffic is too busy. you did very well here.
nice stripes on the road too, but the puffy cloud is more attractive.