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“Beautiful colonial quarter of the city of KL”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square
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Ranked #30 of 267 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
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Owner description: This square, surrounded by impressive historical buildings, is the literal heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur as well as the figurative heart of Malaysian nationalism.
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“Beautiful colonial quarter of the city of KL”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

If you like history, you probably wanted to visit this part of KL, there are many various samples of British colonial Mughal architecture, with few mocks of Tudor as well. The Sultan building which used to be the city's main governor's office is absolutely stunning, and there are few other ex colonial government buildings all designed in Mughal mainly, it is unfortunate that you can't enter the premises as i think it would be particularly interesting, and the fact that the square is extremely hot under the heat of the sun! but there is few museum nearby the square in the former chartered bank building and the square is only few miles away from the Market square that offers more colonial insight (not that interesting however) but the beautiful Mughal Mosque is. But apart from that, there isn't much to do in the city square.

I would rank it a 5 if it weren't for the freaking heat, there are hardly any trees for shades... and was hard to find nearest minimarket.

Visited April 2014
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“Easy to locate and interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

The Square is right opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and is a very beautiful place with spacious lawns to walk around and take some photos with the flag pole.

It's also very close to Masjid Jamek (around 10 minutes walk) so you could visit all 3 places within 1 hour if you're short on time.

That's about it :)

Visited June 2014
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“Independence Square”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

The Malaysian flag pole here stands amongst the world's tallest. It's where their flag was first raised and another (Union Jack) lowered. Even more impressive about this place is - it's surrounded by iconic buildings such as the Abdul Samad and the National Textile Museum.

Visited January 2014
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“A nation was born here...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

The most convenient way to get to Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is on any of the train lines that touch Masjid Jamek station, from where it is a fifteen minute walk.

Dataran Merdeka translates to Independence Square. It was here that the Union Jack was lowered for the last time symbolizing the end of British colonial administration, and the Malaysian flag hoisted for the very first time at the stroke of midnight on August 31, 1957, heralding the birth of a proud, new, independent nation.

A nation was born here when Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first prime minister of Malaysia, declared the country independent from British colonial rule. This spot is marked by a marble plaque and a 95 metre high flag pole, which is reputed to be the tallest flag pole in the world. And thus what was once the cricket green of the Royal Selangor Club (or "padang" as it was then called) has now become an iconic part of Malaysia's history. A granite plaque at Merdeka Square gives a concise account of the significance of this place.

The Tudor style Royal Selangor Club House built of timber was where British high society once gathered to socialize - that Club's cricket ground became Merdeka Square - it is well nigh impossible to escape the delicious irony of it!

On the southern side of the Square almost in line with the flagpole, do not miss the beautiful Queen Victoria Fountain that dates back to 1897! It was brought in from England and assembled in Kuala Lumpur. Apparently, it also has a sister fountain of the same name in Malacca. A closer look at the fountain shows eight winged lions spraying water from their mouths. Still functioning after over a hundred years, it is a beautiful sight and makes a lovely backdrop for a photograph.

Right across from the tall flag pole, at the opposite northern end of the Square, is a more modern circular fountain cradled within a white semicircular ring supported by pillars. Close to the fountain is a large circular gazebo that is crowned with colourful bougainvillea. The overall effect is quite peaceful and pleasing.

The Square is located at the very heart of the colonial heritage district of Old Kuala Lumpur. It was christened as Dataran Merdeka on January 1, 1990. It is surrounded by several heritage landmarks of Kuala Lumpur - amongst them the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, National Textiles Museum, the former National History Museum, the Royal Selangor Club, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the City Theatre (Panggung Bandaraya), Sessions & Magistrates Court and the High Court Building - all dating back a century and more! (Please see my reviews of Sultan Abdul Samad building, National Textiles Museum and St. Mary's Cathedral). This is truly the ultimate heritage district of KL - and for just that reason, a visit to Kuala Lumpur would be incomplete without seeing Dataran Merdeka.

Visited March 2014
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“The prime minister announced Malaysia's independence from this square in 1963”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

The prime of Malaysia announced the independence of Malaysia from the British from this square and there is a monument there to celebrate that occasion
there are few museums around there, like Textile museum and chocolate museum
it's a must if you like historic sights and want to learn more about the culture.

Visited May 2014
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