Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Kampung Attap, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photo by Azul Adnan
What Was Once MajesticThe old K.L. Railway Station on Sultan Hishamuddin Road used to be K.L.'s main station. At one time, it was the most important and busiest station in the whole of Malaysia. As a child, I remember feeling very excited when we went there to see relatives off or to board the train ourselves (which wasn't very often).
The station was built in 1910 and is an example of colonial-style architecture, heavily influenced by Moorish and Mughal designs. There used to be a famous hotel within the building called the Heritage Station Hotel. Sadly, it closed down a couple of years ago.
The beauty of the building is what is seen on the outside. There is nothing extraordinary inside apart from a little railway museum. The station now serves only local commuter trains, and has lost its importance since the bigger and more modern K.L. Sentral Station was established not too far away in 2001.