Sultan Abdul Samad Building
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The Symbol of Independence
One of the most iconic buildings in Kuala Lumpur is the Sultan Abdul Samad building, located in front of Dataran Merdeka. It was built in the 1890s, and was named after the reigning Sultan at the time. The architecture of the building has a distinctive Moorish design, and the clock tower is like K.L.'s very own Big Ben. It was at Dataran Merdeka (or Independence Square), which the Sultan Abdul Samad building faces, that Malaysia's independence from British rule was declared on August 31st, 1957. The building used to house the Federal Court, Court of Appeals, and High Court, but is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications, and Culture. Malaysia's Independence Day and New Year celebrations are often held here, with dazzling firework displays.
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