A trip to the past at the KL train station
Noted for its unique architecture, the Kuala Lumpur KTM station which has stood in the capital city for over 100 years is a testament to time gone by.
Photographs by Djohan Shahrin
The Kuala Lumpur KTM station, a long, low building with a unique architecture combining Eastern and Western designs, stands against a backdrop of taller, more modern buildings such as the Warisan Merdeka Tower in Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin in the capital city.
It is located across the road from the Railway Administration Building, the administrative headquarters of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd.
A Jalur Gemilang hangs over the parking area near the KTMB station.
Some of the paint and plaster on the walls and overhead has begun to peel away, a testimony to the age of the building which was constructed over 100 years ago.
A commuter pulls her luggage bag alongside her as she exits the station.
Another commuter exits from the main door, through which the ticket booths and counters can be seen.
A small digital billboard reminds commuters queuing at the ETS ticket counter of the upcoming Merdeka Day celebration.
A tourist peers around the corner at a train arriving at the platform outside.
A man passes by the lobby of the Heritage Station Hotel, which is no longer in operation. The hotel, located at the mezzanine level of the station, had served visitors for 99 years before it closed down.
The hotel has been closed since 2010, and the lack of maintenance is clear.
A notice from the insolvency department hangs outside the hotel.
But despite the lack of maintenance in many parts of the building, the graceful architecture and design still catch the eye.
The stairway leading to the underground level where commuters can access Platform 4.
The tunnel leading to Platform 1, which at one point also provided access to the Heritage Station Hotel.
Commuters wait at the platform for their trains to arrive.
Two passengers wait on a bench as a woman walks past on the platform.
The structure of the station roof, arching over the platform, was built in 1960.
Outside, a train powered by electricity approaches the platform.
A woman pulls her luggage behind her as she heads for her train.
A commuter train heads towards Batu Caves as an ETS train pulls into the station from the south.
Another commuter train leaves the station, heading towards Port Klang.
Outside, white clouds sail across a bright blue sky as the sunlight pours down over the station and its iconic structure.
Malaysian flags hang on the facade of the Railway Administration Building across the road.
The gates of the administration building swing open to reveal the lobby inside.
Beyond the lobby, an intricately designed staircase spirals towards the upper levels.
A member of the KTMB staff walks through a corridor in the administration building.
The building affords a panoramic view of the city skyline and the Warisan Merdeka Tower beyond.
Behind the building, unmarked gravestones lie scattered about, said to belong to Christians who were buried there hundreds of years ago.
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