The Merdeka Square is also known as the Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square. It’s a vast rectangular grassy field that once hosted cricket matches and parades. There are a couple of popular buildings surrounding the Merdeka Square which you can visit on foot. Buildings such as the Royal Selangor Club, the National Museum, Saint Mary’s Cathedral and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building are some of the places that you must not miss and they are located within walking distance with each other.
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The Merdeka Square is the place where you could find many of the great history events took place in Kuala Lumpur. National event such as the lowering of the Union Flag was performed here on August 31st, 1957 when independent Malaysia was born. Today the Malaysian flag flies at te southern end of the square.
You can spend up to a day in exploring these buildings alone. Therefore, do allocate at least a day for Merdeka Square when you are touring Kuala Lumpur. The following are some of the famous places in the Merdeka Square which you are recommended to visit.
Saint Mary’s Cathedral
This building was built in the English Gothic style b y A.C Norman. It’s home to an exceptional English pipe organ installed in 1895.
Royal Selangor Club
Regarded as the country’s most prestigious private club, the Royal Selangor Club is also known as The Spotted Dog and it’s once the focus of colonial life in Kuala Lumpur.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
This building is one of the most photographed buildings in Malaysia due to its unique Moorish-style architecture which dates back to 1897. The building dominate the eastern side of Merdeka Square and it now houses a division of the Malaysian High Court. It’s a must-see place which you must not miss in your tour Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
Masjid Jamek is also known as the Friday Mosque. The mosque was rich in history as it was build in 1909 and it’s one of the oldest surviving mosques in Kuala Lumpur.
The central market was once the city’s main fresh produce market. But it’s now a one stop center where the Indian, Chinese and Malay ethnic art and craft shops are housed.
National History Museum
It was once home o the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China. But now this 19th century building had been converted into a museum. Some of the attractions here are a seven-armed Buddha, coral-encrusted porcelain and coins in animal shapes.
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