Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur (must see)

Dataran Merdeka, or the Merdeka square, is a historic site that has a special place in the heart of every citizen of Malaysia. On your visit to Kuala Lumpur, you are bound to visit the Merdeka Square for it is surrounded by some very significant historic landmarks and some very prominent buildings.

Situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, at the Dataran Merdeka, one can enjoy the sight of this regal, Moorish style building. The story behind the Merdeka square goes to the time long before the independence of Malaysia.

Built as a symbol of the sovereignty of the British Empire, the Merdeka Square was used as the ground to play one of England’s most beloved games, cricket. Overseeing the square was the Selangor Club which was a British club that was exclusively for the whites during the colonial period.

Ironically, what represented the domination of the British Empire in the state went on to become the very place where the Malaysian National Flag was first raised. On the midnight of 31 August 1957, the Union Jack went down and for the first time the Malayan Flag soared in the skies of the free land. This is also why the square is called Independence Square. Every year, the Independence Day celebrations are held at the Dataran Merdeka.

What once used to be a cricket ground during the time when Malaysia was still a British colony, today is the symbol of independence for the people of the nation.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Dataran Merdeka on Map

Sight Name: Dataran Merdeka
Sight Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Create Your Own Walk in Kuala Lumpur

Create Your Own Walk in Kuala Lumpur

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Architecture Walk, Kuala Lumpur

Architecture Walk, Kuala Lumpur

The architecture of Kuala Lumpur is well known among tourists. A stunning mixture of the old and the new, the architecture of the metropolis is luxurious and magnificent. The city's skyline reveals an excellent combination of Asian, Malay, Islamic and modern architecture. Take the tour below and don't miss the chance to visit some of the most popular architectural sights in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Museums and Galleries in Kuala Lumpur

Museums and Galleries in Kuala Lumpur

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur has an active and exciting night life. Even though Malaysia is a Muslim country, there are bars and clubs where alcohol is served without restraint. The city has something to suit every kind of taste and you can easily find clubs that host live music and shows. Take the tour below to find some of the most popular nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Daily Life

Daily Life

If you want to broaden your perception of daily life in Malaysia then there is nothing better than to take the tour below. It will take you through places that are frequented by the locals and will help you appreciate the rhythm and the substance of the daily life of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Lake Gardens Park Walk

Lake Gardens Park Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

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