Merdeka Square of Kuala Lumpur

Merdeka Square has the first tallest flagpole in the world!

by Salsabila Nasution
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There are several places in Kuala Lumpur that provide the authentic local culture with various other activities. But Kuala Lumpur is also rich with Sophisticated architecture and stunning buildings. Other than the amazing Kuala Lumpur Tower, you can go to Merdeka Square which is the ‘old town’ of the city. Stroll around and enjoy the captivating history of the old building.

Location and how to get there

Merdeka Square is located in Jalan Raja of the city center. Since it is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this tourist attraction is easily accessible through public transportation. You can use the KLIA Express first then ride few other buses then walk to the field. It is around One Hour and a Half from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. For an easier bus schedule and route, click here.

Strolling around the Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square of Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur is the icon of modern Malaysia with skyscrapers and comprehensive public transportation. But the city decided to preserve its important history and turned it into a popular landmark. The green-open field you may see in Merdeka Square was once used as a cricket field in the 19th century by Royal Selangor Club. The club only members were from the former British Society. From afar, you’d be able to see the tall flagpole reaching 100 meters high. The flagpole was the first tallest that was ever built, which is in the 1980s.

Walk around the open field, and you would be able to see other buildings with colonial architecture and embellishment. There is a beautiful water fountain in the middle of the field which has that colonial vibe. The street is made for pedestrians so you can walk around as freely. Somehow, it felt like I was walking around a random street in the UK. As a huge open field, I suggest you come either early in the morning or at night to avoid the extreme heat. If you come at night, you will be able to see the place with beautiful lamps all over.

The Magnificent Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Merdeka Square of Kuala Lumpur
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It is impossible not to see the majestic Sultan Abdul Samad Building right in front of Merdeka Square. There is a reason why the city keeps its authenticity, that’s because the building is one of the most vital constructions by the British colonial in Malaysia. The sophisticated design is identical to the Indian Moghul style. Served as a house for Selangor State Secretariat and the Supreme Court, it is now the house for the Ministry of Heritage, culture, and arts. The name of Sultan Adul Samad came from the Sultan (king) during the construction of the building. The locals usually call the building the ‘Big Ben’ of Kuala Lumpur.

If you walk a little bit more, you would find a colonial-styled-restaurant which is called ‘Restaurant Warisan‘ or in English means the Restaurant of Heritage. Vintage White dominated the building alongside with English-styled window all over the building. There is also the Dataran Underground which is a shopping complex to buy some souvenirs. Other than that, feel free to enjoy the old town vibes!

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