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 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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    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.

    Flagpole at Medeka Square

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    Merdeka Square

    by dragontml Updated Jan 8, 2004

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    Site of the proclamation of independence in 1957, the square - formerly known as Padang - is the centre of National Day celebrations.
    Facing the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, has a 100m high flagpole that marks the spot where the Malayan flag was hoisted on 31 August, 1957 signifying the birth of Independence of the country.


    Surrounding the square are many buildings of historical interest, including the Royal Selangor Club where KL's elite meet, the Sultan Abdul Samad building, which is a great example of the Victorian-Moorish architecture.

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    DATARAN MERDAKA

    by Umea6 Written Dec 22, 2003

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    Dataran Merdeka was built to commemorate the independence of the country. This is the place where the historic event took place at the stroke of midnight on 31 August 1957 when the Union Jack was lowered for the last time. Since then Dataran merdeka became the centre-stage of the National Day celebration.

    At the southern end of the square is the tallest flagpole with the height of 100 metres.

    Beneath it is a food, leisure and entertainment complex called Plaza Putra and a carpark.

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    Queen Victoria Fountain

    by mansionion Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    A rememberance of Malaysia's former colonial days, Queen Victoria fountain was erected as a tribute to the Queen. Apart frm KL, another similar fountain was also erected for the same reason in Melaka within the Stadhuys' compound.

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    Merdeka Square

    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 25, 2003

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    This scene could be in England somewhere, it resembles a cricket pitch and is a relic from Malaysia's colonial past.

    Malaysia is proud of its independence and has a special square to commemorate this important event.

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    Merdeka Square

    by yurijade Updated Aug 23, 2003

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    Just across the street from the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, you can see the Merdeka Square. In 31 Aug 1957, on the 100 meter pole is where the Malaysian flag is hoisted up signifying Independence Day from the British rule.

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  • British Buildings

    by yen_2 Updated Jul 28, 2003

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    When you wonder in the Merdeka square there's no way you can't see this Black and White British Style buildings as this was the former Halls of the British people. I guess, it's their session halls. Although its membership today reflects Malaysia's remarkable cultural diversity, the building itself is plucked from the merry old England.

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    by yen_2 Written Jul 27, 2003

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    Aside from the gleaming copper domes which the buildings name is Abdul Samad Building the Clock tower which is also very famous is a 130 meter. So you will notice if you're around the area.

    I was trying to pose for a pic but unfortunately the cloud seems very cloudy and after a minute, it rained.. poor thing..though we got there again in the next day, so I had managed to take a photo with me...

    Clock Tower in the center
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  • Dataran Medaka Square

    by yen_2 Written Jul 26, 2003

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    The tour guide it's the Independence Square? Well, the are is full of beautiful colorful flowers and some white and black building in the right side were the British Houses, it was used to be their ballroom areas. From the center you can witness the moorish buildings where the clock Tower was located and the cricket area. It is said that, Dataran Merdeka (formerly the Selangor Club Padang) was once the focal point, and cricket green, of the British colonial presence in Malaysia.

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    Dataran Merdeka Independence Square

    by SumTingWong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Dataran Merdeka Independence Square lies in one of the most important areas on Kuala Lumpur, near the national mosque and government area. This is a nice area to just see some of the activity of Kuala Lumpur go by you. When you are in Kuala Lumpur you must visit the Dataran Merdeka Independence Square.

    Dataran Merdeka Independence Square
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    Merdeka Square

    by Imbi Written Jan 13, 2003

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    Malaysian people are very fond of tall things.
    Merdeka Square is the field where it all began for the Malaysian nation as independence was declared, at the stroke of midnight, on August 31, 1957. The square boasts of the tallest flagpole in the world, and is a hive of activity on Merdeka Day celebrated every year

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    Merdeka Square

    by Perucha Written Feb 25, 2003

    Merdeka is the Malay word for independence. Merdeka Square commemorates the historic event that occurred here, at the stroke of midnight on 31 August 1957 when the Union Jack was lowered for the last time, and Malaya became an independent nation.
    From there u can see Sultan Abdul Samad Building, National History Museum and.
    Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library.

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    Begin Your Journey Here.

    by d_Nasution Written Jan 7, 2003

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    Begin your journey at Merdeka Square. It was at the Padang Kelab Selangor (Royal Selangor Club) that Merdeka (independence) was proclaimed at midnight August 1957. At its southern end stands the tallest flagpole in the world, proud of the nation.

    Beneath the square is Plaza putra which contains a theatre (The Actor's Studio and a cinema), food court, restaurants and souvenir shop. Also alocate the Tourist Info Centre. Check out what are the latest activities around town and get all the information about Malaysia here. Sign the guestbook to mark that you are now in Kuala Lumpur. How cool ya!

    Next destination, to the Historical Museum and around the area, just opposite the Square.

    If you guys still remember, this is the place back in 1998 where Anwar Ibrahim's (former Deputy Prime Minister) supporters held their demonstration against Mahathir. At that time, I was in the college and still remember how me and my friends got trapped together with them and been waterbomb by the police. Lucky us we showed them our student tag and they escort us to the backlane of the High Court. Pheww!!

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    Merdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    by victorwkf Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Merdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building
    Well, this is the most significant place in Kuala Lumpur as far as history is concerned. During Malaysia's independence from the British, the Union Jack flag was lowered here and replaced by the Malaysia national flag. The tallest flagpole in the world at Merdeka Square marks the spot where this event took place. Another prominent landmark is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (photo on left) which I'm sure you must have seen in travel brochures, TV shows or postcards of Malaysia. Other interesting places nerarby are the Royal Selangor Club and the Masjid Jamek Mosque, the oldest in Kuala Lumpur.

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