The Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) was once a focal point and cricket pitch for the British colonial present in Malaysia. ... More
Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)
The Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) was once a focal point and cricket pitch for the British colonial present in Malaysia. The structures bordering the Dataran Merdeka resemble the physical environment of the colonists' native land. 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, signaling Malaysia's independence as a nation. A 95-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks the spot.
The Merdeka Square is between the architecturally beautiful and majestic Court House and the Selangor Club -a club where the English colonists spent their days playing cricket.Its just a 5 minute walk from the Masjid Jamek LRT station.
The Merdeka Square houses the tallest flagpole and has an ancient fountain. Its always full of tourists and a visit at night would be much cooler and with its fairy lights on the trees, its a very pretty sight.
Other attractions nearby are the Textile Museum, the Natural History Museum, The St Mary's Church and the KL Library. The Central Market and Chinatown are a mere 10 minute walk away.
Visitors should not miss this older part of KL.
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