Malaysia is very well-known for its diverse culture and beautiful heritage. It’s no wonder that swarms of tourists would visit Malaysia every year! Besides the glorious food, breath-taking nature, friendly locals, and culturally-rich heritage; the buildings here should not be overlooked! Did you know we have tons of unique and distinctive buildings here across different states? If you hadn’t known it yet, allow us to help you by giving you a few tips on which buildings you can go to for your next holiday!
With that said, here is a shortlist of five unique buildings here in Malaysia.
1. Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur
When Kuala Lumpur is mentioned, we’re pretty sure most people will have the Petronas Twin Towers and the Menara KL Tower in mind. After all, they’re two of the most famous and iconic buildings in KL. However, let’s not forget that there are many other unique buildings can be found here. Some of these other buildings are so rich in heritage, history and beauty in their architecture! But, we’ll have a look at one unique building in KL, and that is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
This building is located along the road of Jalan Raja in front of Dataran Merdeka and the Royal Selangor Club in KL. It was initially commissioned by the British colonial administration to centralize all the administrative offices. It is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. Though it may not serve an official purpose anymore, it is still one of the most important historical landmark and tourist attraction in KL.
Visitors who want to visit Sultan Abdul Samad Building will witness the wide stretch of the building across the Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka). Constructed entirely with bricks, this building highlights gothic, and Moorish-style design; not forgetting its Islamic aesthetics from the copper-clad onion dome. With a towering porch, beautiful arches, curved colonnades and a high clock tower; this is an excellent destination for visitors who’d like to see something different in KL.
Address : Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
2. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang
When you’re in Penang, you’d better expect to see tons of culturally rich heritage houses and buildings here. If you aren’t sure where to start, we suggest you try out the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, a boutique hotel in Georgetown, Penang! This mansion is an award-winning building with multiple accolades such as the 2000 UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award and winner of the 1995 Malaysian National Architectural Award for Conservation.
Another reason why this is a worthy place to visit is because of its unique design which is inspired by a traditional Hakka-Teochew style. This structure was constructed by a Hakka merchant named Cheong Fatt Tze in the 1880s. This manor has 38 rooms, five granite-paved courtyards, seven staircases and 220 timber-frame windows.
Visitors can expect to see a gorgeous exterior because of the combination of Eastern and Western elements in the design. Not only that, visitors can not only take a guided tour of this beautiful indigo-blue mansion, but they can also spend the night at this boutique hotel. Undoubtedly, this is one of the unique places you can pay a visit to in Malaysia.
Address : Lot 22, 14, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
3. Christ Church, Malacca
Christ Church in Malacca is also one of the most iconic and famous buildings in Malaysia. Your trip to Malacca will not be complete if you have not seen or visit this church! Located along Church Street (Jalan Gereja), this distinctive building is an 18th-century Anglican church and the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. Christ Church was built by the Dutch when they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese.
You cannot afford this miss or overlook this place because of its brick-red building and a huge, white cross at the top. The interior is also beautifully decorated with fanlights, plaques that honour the Dutch soldiers and locals, as well as 200-year-old handmade pews.
Another great news is that Christ Church is so strategically located, that visitors can have access to other attractions from this place such as the Chinatown centre, the Historical Museum and the Ethnographical Museum.
Address : Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca
4. Kellie’s Castle, Perak
One should not underestimate what Perak has to offer with its multiple colonial landmarks and buildings. One significant place that visitors can go to is the Kellie’s Castle located in Batu Gajah, Kinta District of Perak. Who would’ve thought there would be a real castle here in Malaysia?
This unfinished mansion was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith. It was initially designed to replicate the grand British Raj palaces in India with Moorish-style arches and windows. However, William Smith passed away in 1926 without finishing it. This castle is nestled on top of a hill of what used to be a rubber estate.
This castle is a terrific place for visitors to not only learn about its history but also take some Instagram-worthy photos. The beautiful architecture, rustic walls and walkways make it a great place to unwind and stroll. However, Kellie’s Castle was also deemed haunted by spirits of the family it was built for. Visitors who have a taste for the paranormal might be interested in hearing more of these stories during their tour here.
Address : 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak
5. Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
If you’ve never been to Kota Kinabalu or seen a floating mosque before; the Masjid Bandaraya KK would be an ideal spot for you to witness the beautiful building amidst a human-made lagoon. This mosque is a famous tourist attraction as locals would always notice tour buses lined up, as tourists unload the vehicles and snap pictures of this building.
The Masjid Bandaraya KK, which is built on a 2.47 acres site at Likas Bay, is an example of contemporary Islamic architecture. Here are a few fun facts about this mosque. It has similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, and it has a prayer hall which can accommodate 9000 to 12000 people. This mosque is deemed one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia. The human-made lagoon surrounding it gives it serene look, and during the night there are lights displayed on the mosque so that it is still bright and visible to everyone around.
Visitors who wish to visit this place should first register with the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque Tourism Management. For more information on how to register, their visiting hours and rules to follow as you visit this building, click here for a detailed guide!
Address : Jalan Pasir, Jalan Teluk Likas, Kampung Likas, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
There you have it! We hope that this list of unique buildings across different states in Malaysia will give you an exciting holiday. No matter where you travel to, rest assured you can find more distinctive buildings like these and take some Instagram-worthy shots!
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