Dataran Merdeka, or 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.
Since 1957, Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).
The Merdeka Square, 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).
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 KTM Station, which is still operational.
However the main hub has recently been moved to KL Sentral in 2001.
Surrounding the Dataran Merdeka square are many buildings of historical interest.
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.
Pictures and surroundings
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 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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