Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) is located in Kuala Lumpur, situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on 31 August 1957.


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Since 1957, Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).

The Dataran Merdeka, literally means Independence Square, was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang or simply the "Padang" and was originally the cricket green of the Selangor Club (now Royal Selangor Club).


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Surrounding the Dataran Merdeka square are many buildings of historical interest. Just beside the square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Opposite the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club faces the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

On the other corner of the field, the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and the National Textile Museum invite you to take another look at traditional textiles and the humble beginnings of the city.


Getting There

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The Dataran Merdeka is located along Jalan Raja, in front of Sultan Abdul Samad Building. See Google Map.

Here are some transportation options you can consider:

Go KL City Bus: The Go KL City Bus - Red Line will make stop at Dataran Merdeka.

RapidKL LRT - Kelana Jaya line: Take the LRT and stop at the Masjid Jamek LRT station. Dataran Merdeka is about 10 minutes walk from the LRT station.

RapidKL LRT - Ampang line: Take the LRT and stop at the Masjid Jamek LRT station. Dataran Merdeka is about 10 minutes walk from the LRT station.

RapidKL Bus: The RapidKL Bus No U4, U7, U13, U14, U209 will stop at Jalan Raja bus stop. Dataran Merdeka is within short walking distance.


Pictures of Dataran Merdeka and surroundings

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The Dataran Merdeka, literally means Independence Square, was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang or simply the "Padang" and was originally the cricket green of the Selangor Club (now Royal Selangor Club).

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which grandly overlooks the Merdeka Square, is one of the most significant landmarks built by the British. Designed by A. C. Norman who was inspired by Indian Moghul architecture, this building was completed in 1897 and housed the Selangor State Secretariat and later the Supreme Court before being abandoned for a number of years. It now houses the Ministry of Heritage, Culture and Arts.

The field at the Merdeka Square's immediate vicinity was officially renamed 'Dataran Merdeka' on 1 January 1990 in conjunction of Visit Malaysia Year 1990.

On 31 August 2007, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shouted 'Merdeka!' on midnight celebrations, where thousands of Malaysians celebrated 50 years of nationhood.

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A 95-metre flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks that spot at the Dataran Merdeka with a flat, round black marble plaque. It is located at the southern end of the square. Nearby is also the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which is still operational. However the main hub has recently been moved to KL Sentral in 2001.



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