Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

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Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia +603 2693 7905

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    Where Freedom reigned....

    by Orchid Written Jan 2, 2015

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    Malaysia took a different path to independence from Britain than did it neighbours. The process took longer, but on 31 August 1957, independence from colonial rule finally came - granted, not taken, and with minimal civil disruption.

    At midnight on 30 August 1957, the Union flag was lowered for the last time on the flagpole on the Selangor Club Padang, and in its placed the new flag of the Federation of Malaya was raised to chants of Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka by the gathered thousands.

    Later that day, new Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman reprised the cry at the official celebration at the purpose built Merdeka Stadium.

    Today the green field is surrounded by the Mughal inspired public buildings left by the former colonial masters, and the mock tudor Royal Selangor Club whilst mosaic portraits of the participants are displayed on the podium surrounding the 95 meter tall flagpole. Underneath it all is a shopping centre, which seems curiously appropriate for modern Malaysia!

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  • Went back to the independence to malaysia.

    by Indianatindal Written Dec 2, 2014

    Merdeka Square includes the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral and the former National History Museum. It was the site of the August 31, 1957 proclamation declaring Malaysia's independence from Britain. I like this place a lot gives you a insight into the history of malaysia and there struggle. I recommend this tour from gotourister.com . As it is the most popular site in malaysia for tours.

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    KL Mayor invites you to a great FREE tour weekly

    by JasminKL Written Oct 22, 2014

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    There is this free guided tour from the Mayor of KL office which runs thrice weekly at the Dataran Merdeka area. It starts at the KL City Gallery Centre located near the tall Malaysian flagpost (you can't miss it, seriously). You can walk in at around 9.00AM on Monday, Wednesday or Saturday and meet the guide on duty.

    This is a heritage walk going into 11 places , some of which the general public have no access to. In the two and half hours walking tour, the guide will relate some history, architecture, untold stories from the colonial times of pre independence Malaya and even a famous scandal of long ago in KL..... Also there is plenty, plentiful of lovely photo op on this walk !.

    I love this "colonial quarter" tour - learning about the mix of events that make up the vibrant KL , the Kingdom of Love. - You won't regret having to wake up early for the tour !

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    Merdeka Square

    by Paulm1987 Written Jul 20, 2014

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    The square is surrounded by historical buildings.The time I went The field was closed for maintenance..
    It is the usual venue for the National Day Parade.
    Malaysian Main Flag is Hoisted here.

    Near the Square there's National Art Gallery(Free Entrance),KL City Gallery(Free Entrance) and National Museum.
    Merdeka Square is just a walking distance from most Hotels in the City. and Some of the City attractions like Chinatown,KLCC,Suria Mall,Bukit Bitang,KL Telecommunication Tower,Central Market you can easily walk to if not lazy.

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    Independence Square

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 2, 2014

    the Independence Square of Malaysia wherein in 1957 this was the place that marked the independence of Malaysia from colonial rule on 31 August 1957.

    It is here that the Union Jack was lowered and replaced with the flag of Malaysia. The Merdeka Square is beside the royal selangor club and the field where the square is located was appropriated from the Royal Selangor Club by the ferderal government of Malaysia. This Square continues to be a venue where many events are held. The National Day celebrations and New Year countdown are among the events that are held here. Beneath the square is Plaza Putra where you will be able to find food and entertainment. The Main Attraction here besides the large LCD screen is the 100 metres flag pole which is reputed to be the tallest in the world.

    the flag the flag video wall beside royal selangor club mural
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    The Queen Victoria Fountain.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Mar 8, 2014

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    The Queen Victoria Fountain is located on one of the corners of Merdeka Square, not far from the textile museum. It is an old ornamental fountain and drinking trough. It was imported into Kuala Lumpur from England then reassembled locally in 1897. The fountain was originally meant to be placed in Market Square, but the police objected to this plan on the grounds that it would obstruct the flow of traffic there. The fountain was built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The ornamental centre piece of the fountain consists of eight winged lions spouting water from their mouths. These represent courage. There is also a Queen Victoria Fountain in Melaka.

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    Merdeka Square, KL, Malaysia

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 9, 2013

    Wandering around "Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)" is a very interesting experience. This area had witnessed the British's Union Jack flag was lowered down and replaced by Malaysian's Jalur Gemilang in the midnight of 31st August 1957. Besides, there are many other important national events was held at this Dataran Merdeka as well.

    This Dataran Merdeka or known as Padang Kelab Selangor is located at former administration centre of Kuala Lumpur. At first, it was a cricket field for Royal Selangor Club. Around this field are the historical Royal Selangor Club building, Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, National Historical Museum, National Textile Museum, Memorial Library and the St. Mary Aglican Cathedral, a church with Gothic style which was built over 100 years ago.

    A 95-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks that spot with a flat, round black marble plaque. It is located at the southern end of the square.

    Nearby is also the original "Kuala Lumpur Railway Station" which is still operational. However the main hub has recently been moved to KL Sentral in 2001.

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    Public Libraries near Merdeka Square

    by DaHongHua Written May 28, 2013

    There are two public libraries that opened for public during working hours near Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur. They are located next to the KL City Gallery near the Royal Selangor Club. If you like reading, do go there to have a visit.

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    Mederka Square or Dataran Merdeka

    by DaHongHua Written May 27, 2013

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    Dataran Merdeka is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight (time: 12:00 AM) on August 31, 1957. Since then, Merdeka Square has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).
    There are a few tourist attraction nearby, to name them : The Royal Selangor Club where the big field attached to, the historical Sultan Abdul Samad Building, The Public Library, The KL Children Library, The KL Gallery, The Textile Museum and many more as the Merdeka Square is in the city centre.

    The symbolic of the square - the giant flag The giant Malaysian flag is flying opposite the RSC is the Sultan Abd Samad Building The RSC is on the left former and present PM of Malaysia
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    A 100 m tall flagpole at the Merdeka Square.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

    Merdeka Square is the place where the liberation from the British was declared in 1957. You can admire the tallest flagpole in the world, 100 m of height, at the southern end of the square.
    Along the square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building on one side, and the Royal Selangor Club on the other side.

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    MERDEKA SQUARE

    by draguza Written Sep 30, 2012

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    Surrounded by colonial architecture with an exotic local flair, the square was once the site of British social and sporting events. These days, Malaysia holds its spectacular Independence Day celebrations on the field, which is home to the world's tallest flagpole, standing at 100m (328 ft.).

    The Dataran Merdeka, or Merdeka Sqaure was once a focal point— and cricket pitch—for the British colonial presence in Malaysia. The structures bordering the Dataran Merdeka resemble the physical environment of the colonists' native land. Situated on one corner of the square is the Selangor Club, replicating the Tudors of merry old England. It was at this square in 1957 that the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted, signaling Malaysia's independence as a nation. A 95-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks the spot.

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    Merdeka Square

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    Malaysia's independence from Britain was proclaimed here at midnight on August 31st 1957. Merdeka is the Malay word for independence.

    In the centre of Merdeka Square lies the Padang - a large grassy cricket field. Around the Padang lie a wealth of beautiful old buildings. These include the Royal Selangor Club - once the social centre for KL's colonial elite. This club also founded the world famous Hash House Harriers running group in1938.

    At the north end of the square you will find the lovely St Mary's Cathedral designed by AC Norman and dating from 1894.

    Across the busy main Jln Raja Laut road lies the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Built by AC Norman in 1897 it once housed the British Secretariat Building and now houses one of Malaysia's highest courts.

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    Merdeka Square

    by Twan Written Mar 14, 2012

    The Merdeka Square symbolizes the place where the independence of Malaysia (1957) after 150 years of British rule was declared. Every year on August 31, celebrated the independence (Merdeka Day), then the area around Merdeka Square closed to traffic. Very Merdeka Square stands filled with thousands of Malaysians who celebrate their independence.

    A 90-meter flagpole, one of the highest in the world, stands in the middle of the 8.2 acre site, hoisted the flag flies in memory of freedom statement. Every now and then in the park festival, or an old fashioned game of cricket played. The large field was in the past by the British as cricket path. Under the Merdeka Square is Plaza Putra, here you will find restaurants, shops and a large parking garage. Unfortunately, the whole is not as well maintained, and it looks a little lapse. In addition, parts of the underground complex never recovered after major floods in 2003.
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    Apart from Merdeka Square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, one of the most photographed sights in Kuala Lumpur. The KL-city tour and the Hop-on, hop-off bus in this spot. Merdaka Square located along Jalan Raja, about 10 minutes walk from the Masjid Jamek LRT Station. From the center (Bukit Bintang) a taxi will bring you in 10/15 minutes to this highlight of the city of Kuala Lumpur. When the meter runs, the ride will cost only a few ringgit, this does not work then you pay usually between 10-15 ringgit.

    Merdeka Square is easily accessible on foot from China Town. From Petaling Street is a 10 minute walk to the independence square. The way you pass the spot where Kuala Lumpur was ever founded, at the junction of the rivers Gombak and Klang. Central Market (also a popular attraction) is about 5 minutes walk from Merdeka Square.

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    Merdeka Square

    by schurman23 Written Sep 26, 2011

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    Merdeka means independence. In this area, the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time in August 31, 1957 upon gaining independence from the British rule. Here you can find, of course the 100 m. flag pole, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, and the National History museum.

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    Dataran Merdeka

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad building, Dataran Merdeka (Independance Square) was formerly known as the Selangor Club field before being upgraded and renamed to its present status.

    The new name better reflects its status as it was at this place on midnight of August 31, 1957 that the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time in the country's history upon gaining independence from the British rule.

    As a rememberance to this event, a 100 metre high flagpole - the world tallest - was erected at the very place where the Malayan flag was hoisted on the independance day. On August 31 every year the Merdeka Day Parade will normally be held here. Apart from the parade, Dataran Merdeka is also the popular venue for various other events - open air concerts, carnivals, starting/finishing point for marathons etc. Occasionally it will be turned into batle ground for kriket match, just like it used to be during the colonial days.

    Underneath the flagpole area used to house Plaza Putra - an underground food, leisure, entertainment complex and an underground parking bay. Unfortunately it was flooded after a very heavy downpour recently and still close to the public.

    At the other end of the field is a nice fountain area for relaxation. Exactly facing the Sultan Abdul Samad building is the Selangor Club building - an inheritance of the colonial days that is still in operation till these days.

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