Merdeka Square

Quick Facts about Merdeka Square

Brief History of the Merdeka Square


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Address of Merdeka Square:

Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur

Geographical Location

The Independence Square is located in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was originally the Parade Ground, then the Selangor Club Padang and today the Merdeka Square. The Padang, which means field in Malay, was the focal point of much activity during the colonial era. Much of commerce centered around this area and as a result most of the heritage buildings are close by.

Originally owned by the Royal Selangor Club until 1987 when it was acquired by DBKL or City Hall. In place of the padang a piece of land at Bukit Kiara was given to the Club which now forms the Royal Selangor Club Kiara Annexe.

Here at midnight 30th August 1957, the Union Flag was lowered for the last time in Colonial British Malaya. And the Malayan flag was proudly raised for the first time.

Recent Events

2006: Amazing Race Asia 1 starting point.

Above the Independence Square

The field with its beautifully kept lawn. This is where cricket matches were held in the evenings during the colonial days.

Today, many important cricket matches are still held here. However, cricket is not popular in Malaysia unlike in other Commonwealth countries.

100 meter flagpole.

Reputedly the tallest in the world. There you'll see the Malaysian Flag, the Jalur Gemilang meaning stripes of glory, waving proudly at you. Water fountain erected 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Beneath the Independence Square

Here you'll find the Plaza Putra with Food Court, cineplex and tourist information counters. There are also 600 car parking bay at the base of the Dataran.

Interesting sites around the Merdeka Square

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