Merdeka Square is set in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building. It was used as a cricket pitch during the British Occupation. It became Iconic when the Malayan Independence was declared here on 31st August 1957. This is the first place where The Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag was raised. Hence the name Merdeka square.
Merdeka Square has been the venue for the Merdeka Parade since the first year of independence. It’s centerpiece is the tallest flagpole in the world which towering close to 100 meters height that proudly displays the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag). It is also a famous venue for hosting concerts and for people to watch fireworks during the new year celebration.
The square is accessible by public transportation. The nearest station is Masjid Jamek LRT Station.
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Open 24 hours.
No entrance fee.
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If you want to experience the colonial history of KL, then Merdeka Square is the place to be!
Efthimis Kragaris and Pascal Panagiotidis
It’s interesting to note that the former Union Jack flagpole is located on the west side of Dataran Merdeka. The British flag was lowered for the final time at midnight of Aug 30, 1957, signalling the end of British rule and paving the way for Malaya’s independence. I looked up and it’s sunny, and the Jalur Gemilang – Malaysia’s national flag – was billowing gracefully in the wind.
Surrounded by buildings of historical significance such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Royal Selangor Club, Merdeka Square is also a popular spot for photos.
Royal Selangor Club
The Royal Selangor Club is a social club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, founded in 1884 by the British who ruled Malaya and still exist until now. The membership is based on recommendation only.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Sultan Abdul Samad building is a late nineteenth century iconic building located in front of the Merdeka Square and the Royal Selangor Club. The building originally housed the offices during British colonial administration and renamed after Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time.
National Textile Museum
The museum displays trends and the history of local textiles and how multicultural elements influence the textile in Malaysia.