This fountain is one of two that are located at either end of Merdeka Square and is the oldest of the two. It was imported from England and assembled, in 1897, at the Market Square but was moved here upon objection from the police as it obstructed the flow of traffic.
This flagpole is the tallest flagpole in the world. It stands at a height of 100 meters (328 ft) and was where the independence of the then Malaya was announced. The flagpole commemorates the spot where the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag (now called the Jalur Gemilang) was hoisted for the first time. The event took place on midnight of the 31st August, 1957.
Overlooking Merdeka Square, the Old Kuala Lumpur Post Office was designed by architect AC Norman in 1896, constructed in 1904, but due to the contractor facing financial difficulties, the building was only completed in 1907. It has wide arcaded verandas of pointed horse shoe arches, a style repeated in other heritage buildings in the vicinity.
The Kuala Lumpur General Post Office was housed here until 1984 when it moved to the present General Post Office building at the Dayabumi Complex. Today the building houses the Court of Appeal.
From Menara KL to Merdeka Square, you can take LRT from Bukit Nanas to Masjid Jamek.
From Masjid Jamek, you can walk to Merdeka Square.
Make sure, if it is day time, it will be very hot. Don't forget to bring your drink.
Merdeka Square is situated in the front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malaysian Flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Since then, Dataran Merdeka has been the venue for the annual Hari Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).
Dataran Merdeka is a good starting point to explore the city's heritage sites. The Union Jack was lowered here marking the country's independence from colonial rule. A high flagpole, reputedly the tallest in the world flies the Malaysian flag. It used to be the focal point of KL & the field was the venue for police parades & cricket matches. It is now a beautifully landscaped area with gardens, terraces & fountains & a popular spot for photography. It is still an impt venue for national events & street parades.
Malaysian flag was raised here marking the beginning of Malaysian independence in 1957.
"Merdeka" means "Independence" in Malay.
Here you can see 100 meter high flagpole and seems the tallest flagpole in the world!
All national celebrations take place in here.
Around the Square you can find many famous and historical buildings including Royal Selangor Club with its mock-Tudor design.
Merdeka Square was the Esplanade (Padang) of Kuala Lumpur where annual parades used to pass by or end up here. It was the old British colonial administrative area with the cricket club at the field.
The Secretariat buildings of Moorish style are picturesque and looks great when lighted at night. There is an underground car park under the field. The flag staff is the tallest in the country.
Unfortunately, it has been turned to be a gathering of teenager motorcycle gangs. But when there is a special event, it is worth going there at night where there are extra police force to take care of the crowd.
I came here as early as 7:30am. The place seemed very quiet and tranquil, no other travelers around yet except me… :-)… Here, I was delighted at the sight of flowers in different colors with the fountain beside it. The huge green field where the tallest flagpole in the world stands is very refreshing and provides a cooling effect to tired eyes. This is the place where Malaysia’s independence was declared. Sultan Abdul Samad Bldg. is a stately Moorish styled building located across DM. The sight of this bldg is also awesome at night.
St. Mary's Church is an example of English Gothic architecture featuring beautiful stained glass windows, tasseled tile paving and buttresses. Go inside the church and you'll see a beautiful pipe organ built in 1895.
Merdeka Square is an important heritage site in the city. The Union jack was lowered here on 31 August, 1957, marking Malaysia's independence from Colonial rule. The nearby Sultan Abdul Samad Building is another heritage site too.
Merdeka Square is the central square in KL. On important celebration days, this square provides the best available space. During my visit which coincided with Vesak Day, the traffic was blocked for the celebration.
located in the bustling city,fronting the Royal Selangor Club(Cricket club). Also, you can see the rising 100 meter-flag pole that signifies their independence from the British rule in 1957. It is also considered the tallest flagpole in the world.
Merdeka Square Day and Night Scene. Best in the evening and walking distance from China Town in Kuala Lumpur.
Every year in 31st August, Malaysia celebrates independance day ! Last year 2007 celebrate 50th years. Nice experience.
This is by no mean the largest square in the world. But it reflects Malaysia and its past. 'Merdeka' means independence in Malay language. While at the square, your eyes would first caught on the beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad building that has a clock tower as the old symbol of KL. Then you see a green field that used to be the cricket field back in the british colonial days. Next to the field, is the Royal Selangor Club. This is a club for the rich and famous. When you look up, you will see this 100m high flag pole. It is one of the tallest flag pole in the world. When the wind blows the flag, it is one good looking snapshot. Around the squares you can also find National History Museum, Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library and St. Mary's Cathedral .
The spot where the Malayan flag was first raised that signifies the country's independence from the British rule. Merdeka Square also known as Dataran Merdeka has been part of the history and became one of Kuala Lumpur's landmarks.
Being a historical spot, it also became the venue to the festive National Day celebration each year. Malaysia became independent on August 31, 1957.
This historical location is surrounded by other landmarks like, Selangor Club, St. Mary's Cathedral, Sultan Abdul Samad building, and the clock tower regarded as the Big Ben of KL.