Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

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    Independence Square

    by freddie18 Written Aug 25, 2007

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    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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

    by Ines28 Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Merdeka Square

    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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    ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING

    by DAO Updated Nov 21, 2010

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    The ornate and Moorish looking building in Merdeka Square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was constructed in 1897 and designed by a British architect, A.C. Norman. His influence is derived from Islamic architecture from several countries. The massive 41 meter tall clock tower is known locally as 'Big Ben'. It is constructed from brick and plaster even though it has a stone like appearance.

    During British Colonial Administration this massive building held several government departments. In 1974 they moved out to make way for the Judiciary authorities. Sadly the building is now vacant.

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    Dataran Merdeka

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dataran Merdeka

    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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    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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    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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    Dataran Merdeka Independence Square

    by SumTingWong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Dataran Merdeka Independence Square

    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.

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  • Dataran Medaka Square

    by yen_2 Written Jul 26, 2003

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    Greeny and the Moorish Building

    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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  • 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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  • St. Mary's Church

    by yen_2 Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    Church

    Along the Merdaka Square where the huge field use for public feast, across this place is where located the St Mary's Cathedral, a neo-Gothic church more than a hundred years old. The church was left out by the British when they were in the City.

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  • Clock Tower

    by yen_2 Written Jul 27, 2003

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    Clock Tower in the center

    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...

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