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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    Merdeka Square

    by Airpunk Updated Jan 26, 2011

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    This green square was once the heart of British colonial Malaysia and there are still some remains of this to be seen. First, the green itself which was used by the (Royal) Selangor club as a cricket ground. The place has the function of a park today, but is also used for ceremonial and representative events. It was on this square that independence was declared on August 31st 1957. The flagpole stands on the place on which the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag was risen. It has a height of 97 metres and is among the highest in the world (some people even say that it is the highest one). The most impressive structure is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which was constructed in 1897. It was the see of some British authorities and institutions. Note its blend of Moorish and Victorian architecture, especially in the clock tower which is called “Big Ben” by the locals (see separate tip for further details). Fake Tudor houses in the Southwest corner of the square are another symbol of the British legacy. At the north side, you will find a small garden with covered benches for those who can't bear the heat. I like the Victorian fountain, but there are many people who do not.

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    Independence Square

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

    The Merdeka Square, previously known as the Selangor Club Padang (which is located on its western side) was built by the British in 1884. The field was a popular venue for social activities and occasionally used for the game of cricket. A 100 meter-high flagpole marks the spot where the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957 signifying the independence of the country from British rule. Indeed the word "merdeka" is Malay for "independence." At the opposite end of the square is an inviting spot where you can relax amid soothing rushing waters of fountains and elegant colonnades.

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    Fountain

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

    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.

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    Flagpole

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

    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.

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    Old Kuala Lumpur Post Office

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

    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.

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    from Menara KL to Merdeka Square and surrounding

    by putri_jogja Written Jul 12, 2010

    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.
    Happy traveling..
    ^_*

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    Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

    by imeley Updated Mar 19, 2010

    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).

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    Dataran Merdeka

    by limledi Updated Feb 22, 2010

    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.

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    Merdeka Square is The National Square.

    by wrangler_blk Updated Sep 24, 2009

    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.

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    Merdeka Square - Independence Square

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    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.

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    The Morning Square Walk

    by pres_16 Updated Aug 11, 2008

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    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.

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    Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

    by chizz Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    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.

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    The famous square

    by muratkorman Written Jun 6, 2008

    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.

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    Merdeka Square (Independence Square)

    by jv_impossible Written May 6, 2008

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    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.

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    Merdeka Square

    by shangzheng Written Feb 24, 2008

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    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.

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