Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

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    Merdeka Square

    by mary2u99 Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    Merdeka means Independence and this is the place on 31 August 1957 Malaysia got its Independent. There is a 100 meter high flagpole that flies the Malaysian flag proudly.

    This is still the venue for the National Day parade.

    Beneath the square there is a food, leisure and entertainment complex called Plaza Putra and a car park too. There is a fountain and a small garden area too.

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    The Independence Square

    by longsanborn Written Jan 17, 2007

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    Dataran Merdeka

    The Merdeka Square (Independence Square or Dataran Merdeka) is situated in the centre of the Kuala Lumpur city. It's close to the Gombak river, the Masjid Jamek, Central Market and China Town. Around the Dataran Merdeka, you can find the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, and the National History museum. Some of these buildings have Moorish flavour.

    A 100 metre-high flagpole marks the spot where the Malayan Flag was hoisted on 31 August 1957 signifying the independence of the country from the British colonial rule.

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    Indipendence square

    by xaver Updated Nov 15, 2006

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    While Kuala Lumpur is full of modernity, the city has not disregarded its past. Infact, some of the most brilliant sights of the town are embedded in history. Indeed, one of the most picturesque spots in the city also happens to be the most historically significant: Merdeka Square.
    The elitist Royal Selangor Club (it only allowed whites) was party central during the early days of British colonialism. Booze and cricket were the main attractions. All that changed in 1957, when the British flag came down and the Malayan flag went up. The area became known as Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) and hosts the festive National Day celebration each year.

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    Look for other Neo-Mauresque buildings

    by DanielF Written Aug 17, 2006

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    The Malaysian Handycraft Development Society (At the convergence of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin and Jalan Raja) is another great example of Victorian-Moorish architecture on the Padang.

    The building hosts an exhibition of local crafts that can be purchased by the visitors.

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    Dataran Merdeka/Merdeka Square

    by andrewyong Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Merdeka Square or Independence Square was where the Union flag was lowered and our National flag was raised for the first time at midnight on 31 August 1957. The other places where our Declaration of Independence was read together with the raising of our National flag are the Esplanade in Penang (my hometown) and Melaka.

    There is a 100m flag pole on the square with a giagantic National flag. It used to be the tallest flag pole in the world (though I'm not really into superlative monuments). It's just a fact.

    The square is fronted by the Moorish Sultan Abdul Samad Building (see its own page) and the cricket green and the Royal Selangor Club (built in the Tudor style).

    This historic square is really worth going to as there are many other attractions nearby; Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial Library, St Mary the Virgin Anglican Cathedral.

    It's also the place where we hold our colourful National Day parade (31 August) on alternate years when it's KL turn to host the parade; on other years, the Federal Government will choose another place to celebrate our National/Merdeka Day. The cultural showcase month, Citrawarna sometime in October is also launched there every year.

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    A slice of history at Dataran Merdeka

    by idy Written Aug 3, 2005

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    No rain.

    Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square, is "an immaculately turfed 8.2-hectare area" featuring a 100-m high flag pole. The flag pole marks the spot where the Malayan flag was first hoisted in 1957, when the country became free from British rule.

    At the other end of the square are water fountains and flower beds, a nice spot for a rest.

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    Merdeka Square

    by Kaynisa Updated May 17, 2005

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    The Merdeka square holds the ultimate history of Malaysia cause here's a spot where the British Union Jack was lowered down for the last time and that announces Malaysia's Independence in 1957, August 31st.

    At the mid of the arena there's a flagpole 100m high and it is one of the tallest flagpole in the world.

    Merdeka Square is a place where various celebration are held for example :- the Independence day celebration, New Year celebration and many more...

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    A page of Malaysia's History: Merdeka Square

    by xuessium Written Apr 23, 2005

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    This is the place where in 1957, the Malaysians stood up and tell the British to go home. Merdeka Square means Independence Square. A large Malaysian flag flutters on a windy day and next to it, is the National History Museum, where entry is free. The exhibits are quite alright and I enjoyed looking through the monarchial history of Malaysia. At the other end of the square, is a fountain with seats where you can get catch some breath and get some rest. Across the road is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, a really beautiful structure fusing windsor and moorish architectural styles.

    There is supposedly to be an entertainment and food establishment underneath the square though I never did venture down since the outdated (and sometimes dirty) entrances and tiring banners simply do not look welcoming enough.

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    Dataran Merdeka.

    by Robdaz Written Mar 12, 2005

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    This was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang where the colonial Brits used to play cricket and have their afternoon teas at the merry old England tudors styled Selangor Club building.

    It was on the Dataran Merdeka that at 12:01 am on August 31, 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted, signaling Malaysia's independence as a nation. Today, a 100-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks this spot.

    Funny enough beneath the Dataran Merdeka is the Plaza Putra, an underground food, leisure, and entertainment complex,

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    DATARAN MERDEKA

    by BerniShand Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Dataran Merdeka or Independance Square houses the tallest flagpole I have ever seen, and one of the tallest in the world
    there used to be a much shorter flagpole here, on August 31 1957 the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag was raised when Malaysia became independant after years of British control

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    Merdeka Square

    by Ines28 Written Sep 26, 2004

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    As KL's most architecturally rich area, this expansive square was once a colonial cricket field, the site of Malaysia's Independence ceremonies in 1957 - and now home to the tallest flagpole in Asia. On one side of the square is KL's Justice Hall, housed in the Sultan Abdul Samad building. With its clock tower and Islamic influences, the High Court blends well with neighboring buildings.
    On the opposite of the square is the mock-Tudor Royal Selangor Club, a social centre for KL's high society in the tin-rush days of the 1890's.
    This is not only an interesting historic site, but also one of the most beautiful places in KL, away from the traffic you can relax and enjoy the views of the magnificient buildings around.

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    Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)

    by Nit_4 Written Sep 8, 2004
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    Facing the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square, an immaculately-turfed 8.2 hectare area of historical. interest. A 100 metre-high flagpole marks the spot where the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957 signifying the independence of the country from British rule. At the opposite end of the square is an inviting spot where visitors can relax amid soothing rushing waters of fountains, elegant colonnades and colourful beds of zinnias and marigolds. Beneath the square is Plaza Putra, an underground food, leisure and entertainment complex.

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    Merdeka Square

    by don_thomas Written Jun 26, 2004

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    This is the place where the English played their cricket game. Also the place where the indepence was proclaimed in 1957 and thus a special place in Malysia. The square is flanked by some bueatiful buildings, like the Royal Selangor club and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

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    Merdeka Square and Royal Selangor Club

    by ukirsari Written May 14, 2004

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    From this 'Dataran Merdeka' also known as 'Padang Merdeka' or Merdeka Square, we can see to the direction of Abdul Samad Building, KL Memorial Library, National History Museum and the mock-Tudor Royal Selangor Club [in this picture is on the left side]. A social centre for KL's high society, built at 1890s.

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    The Tallest Flagpole

    by stellz20 Written Mar 17, 2004

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    Flagpole at Medeka Square

    The Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square is the scene of the annual celebration of independence - a grand parade, in which just about every major Malaysian organization participates, is held once a year to mark the occasion of the nation's birth. It is appropriately known as Merdeka Day. A 100-m flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks the spot of Merdeka Square.

    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, signalling Malaysia's independence as a nation

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    It was such a lovely day. A very fine weather indeed. A display of classic cars was being held across the road at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

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