Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

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Head to Merdeka Square, a site of symbolic importance to modern Malaysia. The plaza started off life as a cricket green of the Selangor club. Today, it represents Malaysia's independence: at midnight on August 31, 1957, it became the first place that the British flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag raised. Surrounded by colonial British architecture and the developing skyline of contemporary Malaysia, the monumental area features a fountain and plaque commemorating the historical event that took place here. Plan to see Merdeka Square and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kuala Lumpur vacation generator.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It is built on the square, a new bridge. The square is therefore not easily accessible and there is little to see. I would skip this square now during your stay in KL
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  • August 16, 2017
    We walked here to see the mosque, little india and the mohammad building on the otherside of the road. We sit down at the statue to chill, read the map and look around the square. There some construct...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Nice place to see history of the city and Malayasia. There is big square and 95m tall Malayasia flag. Where Malayasian Independence Day was declared in 1957. It may be hot or heavy rain so good idea t...  more »
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  • September 6, 2017
    A place with great historical significance as Malaysian independence was proclaimed and celebrated here in 1957. It is venue for yearly independence Day parade and festivities. beautiful historical buildings dot the place.
  • July 15, 2017
    This is a one of the good spots for the photo lovers... the sky line is good... Abdul Samad building, The textiles museum, the huge flag pole, Victorian water fountain... and the KL art gallery. Though it's crowded it's definitely worth a visit. The miniature models in the art gallery is enjoyable the light and music show there is eye catching.
  • August 14, 2017
    Merdeka in English is independent . Malaysian freedom first ceremony held in this square ,a lot of British era building located at surrounding areas, Selangor club, sultan Abdul samad building, KL city gallery. Beautiful location for photography especially at night looks awesome. There is a underground market where tourist can buy souvenirs and many more things, variety of different food is available there also ,over all an excellent place for visitors and families. Every year in August national day celebrations take place in this square.
  • August 26, 2017
    A nice wide open space in the middle of town with a view of many of the city's most impressive landmarks. When visiting KL with young children, Merdeka Square is a good place to let them run around when they are tired of being in the stroller.
  • July 7, 2017
    Merdeka Square is your tourist spot. To go around the area is to be enticed by its food offerings and souvenir items. Every corner is festive and guaranteed to make you buy. Like any establishment that intends to draw you to come and choose, Merdeka succeeds in the endeavor. Never leave the Square without something to remember it by.

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