The Royal Selangor Club is an iconic building located in the middle of Dataran Merdeka. This club is not the same as the Royal Selangor Golf Club and should not be confused.
Distinct architectural design
Using Mock Tudor stylings, the building has very distinct characteristics in terms of design and architecture. In fact, the Royal Selangor Club is one of the most iconic buildings in Kuala Lumpur which makes up the whole area of Dataran Merdeka.
Dating back to more than a century
Built as a social club, the Royal Selangor Club was founded by the British in 1884 which makes it more than a hundred years old. It was here that high-ranking members of the British colonial society met then where it was once a small wooden building at the north eastern corner of the field before a two-storey structure was designed by A.C Norman, the man responsible for Sultan Abdul Samad Building and located at the present site.
Most popular field in Kuala Lumpur
The field here was originally owned by the Royal Selangor Club where it was used to hold cricket matches and rugby games. In 1987, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall took back the land to hold events and other related performances like the annual Merdeka Day parade and concerts by local celebrities, artistes and singers, among others.
One of KL’s most distinguishable backdrops
Every day, it is common to see bus loads of visitors to Dataran Merdeka as it provides one of the most iconic backdrops for any photographer. The historical Royal Selangor Club is just in front of the field while you can see the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the majestic and tallest flagpole in the world here.