KL Railway Station
The KL Railway Station is a beautiful Mogal-style railway station that was built in 1910 and functioned as the main railway station for Malayan Railway or Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) till 2001. It received its last intercity train on April 15, 2001 with the arrival of the Senandung Malam at 10:30 PM, marking the end of its almost 100 years service as the central hub of rail transportation in Malaysia.
- Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This road was previously known as Victory Avenue, which was part of the Damansara Road.
The inter-city trains that run from Bangkok, Thailand, to Singapore made use of this station as its hub. However, that function has been moved to KL Sentral. Today it serves as the KTM Komuter Kuala Lumpur Station, and of course the Heritage Station Hotel.
The KTM Komuter operates along 2 routes 1) Tanjung Malim – Seremban 2) Sentul-Port Klang, running every 20/30 min. The tickets are sold at the stations for single, return and multiple journeys. You can also buy concession tickets.
The architect was Arthur Benison Hubback or affably known as AB Hubback. He also designed the the Masjid Jamek and the Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar.
Its high and wide verandahs are well suited for the tropical climate. Rhythmic arched colonnades that wraps the verandahs give its facade an interesting interplay of shadows. There are 5 domes on top of the building, each accompanied by 4 spiral columns, depicting an orthodox Greek design.
Its interesting domes and minarets make it one of the most photographed railway stations in the world.
How did it all begin?
- Read the KL Railway Station History here.
What style of architecture is the station building?
- Many travel writers including many brochures published by Tourism Malaysia states that is it Moorish or neo-Moorish. Find out the answer here - Mogul or Moorish? And see Kuala Lumpur Architecture for more information about old colonial building in KL.
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