Dataran Merdeka, which means Independence Square is perhaps one of the most significant landmarks in Malaysia. This is because it is the place where the independence of the country was declared back in 1957 on the 31st of August where the Union Jack flag was lowered and the then Malayan flag was raised for the first time.
Most important symbol of Malaysia’s independence
Today, Dataran Merdeka continues to be the emblem of freedom for Malaysians where the country commemorates this important date each year. The Merdeka Day parade is held here on that day with concerts, performances and other related events. It is usually the penultimate event of the year where Malaysian from all walks of life come together to witness the importance of the Merdeka spirit.
The icon in central Kuala Lumpur
Dataran Merdeka is an iconic landmark in Malaysia where it is often seen in advertisements for the Malaysian tourism industry. Set against the backdrop of the Sultan Abdul Samad building on one side and the St Mary’s Cathedral on the other, this square bears a lot of memories for many Malaysians from all walks of life while is a popular tourist landmark as well.
Near to many of KL’s attractions
The field on the ground was formerly the Selangor Club Padang which is known as the Royal Selangor Club today. Just across the road is one of the tallest flag poles in the world which is a 95-meter pole which hoist a gigantic Malaysian flag at all times. This makes Dataran Merdeka one of the most picturesque locations in the capital.
Besides that, Dataran Merdeka is located very near to attractions like Central Market and Sogo Shopping Centre where you can buy all types of products, crafts and souvenirs. Not far from here is the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the National Mosque as well.
Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia