"Merdeka Square" Merdeka Square Tip by Airpunk
Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur: 80 reviews and 141 photos
This green square was once the heart of British colonial Malaysia and there are still some remains of this to be seen. First, the green itself which was used by the (Royal) Selangor club as a cricket ground. The place has the function of a park today, but is also used for ceremonial and representative events. It was on this square that independence was declared on August 31st 1957. The flagpole stands on the place on which the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag was risen. It has a height of 97 metres and is among the highest in the world (some people even say that it is the highest one). The most impressive structure is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which was constructed in 1897. It was the see of some British authorities and institutions. Note its blend of Moorish and Victorian architecture, especially in the clock tower which is called “Big Ben” by the locals (see separate tip for further details). Fake Tudor houses in the Southwest corner of the square are another symbol of the British legacy. At the north side, you will find a small garden with covered benches for those who can't bear the heat. I like the Victorian fountain, but there are many people who do not.
Address: Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Directions: located in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Phone: +603 2693 7905
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