Thursday, November 18, 2010

Market Square Clock Tower

The clock tower at Medan Pasar was erected in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George VI. It was erected in the art deco style fashionable in those days and finished with Shanghai plaster. The clock tower is located behind the KL Central Market (Pasar Seni)

In the background are 3 storey shophouses by A.B. Hubback and built in 1907.

The original memorial plaques have been removed after the nation's independence. The geometric sunburst motif on the doors at the bottom of the clock tower is of special interest, as it is more commonly found on windows and above archways then on clock towers.

The sunburst motif puts it in the mood and style of European art deco.

Unfortunately the Medan Pasar Clock Tower is a sorry sight these days. Defaced with obscene graffiti. Tired commuters queuing up in front of the clock tower have no interest in its history or preservation.

2 comments:

ChrisAu said...

It's been a while since I'm in KL central area. Yeah, the authorities do some cleaning pls.

WanWan said...

wow... really seems never notice this structure... what a shameful.. one of me..

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