Kuala Lumpur – Mughal Style Architecture

There is something about Islamic architecture that is especially aesthetically appealing to the eye. It has both clean soft lines, as well as ornate geometric patterns. The Mughal style is an Indian Islamic architecture that consists of a large onion-shaped round dome, thin minarets on the sides, and delicate ornamentations. One such famous Mughal architecture is the Taj Mahal in Agra India. In the late 1800 to early 1900 Malaysia, a British architect by the name of Arthur Benison Hubback designed several buildings in the Mughal style. Two of those were the Jamek Mosque and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
Seemingly swallowed, but not overshadowed, by the contemporary skyscrapers.
Nearby is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, named after the fourth Sultan of Selangor.
Housing government offices
With the beautiful open arched colonnades
Across the river from both buildings are the ever interesting street art often seen on the streets of Malaysia
Depicting what life looked like in the old days on the banks of the Klang and Gombak rivers, where locals bathed and laundered, while water buffalos waded and crocs lurked.

Unfortunately for us, we did not lurk. With sweat pouring down the face and rolling down the spine, we called “uncle” after 45 minutes. Back to the AC’d mall we went.

The face of exasperation.

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