Are you planning to visit Merdeka Square? See our information below!
Merdeka Square, also known as Dataran Merdeka, is located just outside the center of Kuala Lumpur, just behind the popular Chinatown district. The square has great symbolic significance as Malaysia declared its independence (Merdeka) on August 31, 1957, which was previously under British rule. Since then, the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag) proudly flies on the highest flagpole in the world (95m). And the square is surrounded by several historical buildings.
Across the street is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which boasts a beautiful architecture, which is so different from the very English buildings. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was designed by A.C. Norman and inspired the Indian Moghul architecture that he saw during some of his travels.
The construction of the building was completed in 1897. Since then, it has housed many government offices, including the Selangor State Secretariat and the Supreme Court. Today, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture and Merdeka Square is the venue for the Merdeka Parade or National Day Parade.
On the anniversary of Malaysia’s independence, the national parade is held here. Watch the uniformed troops and national agencies march past, followed by cultural performances and colorful float parades. If you come at other times instead, Merdeka Square also has events to offer you, as it hosts various events such as open-air concerts and fairs almost throughout the year. It is also often the start and finish point of international marathons.
Merdeka Square is open every day of the year. There may be events on the square, so you may not be able to walk everywhere every day.
Tips and Tricks!
Here are a few tips worth knowing before you visit Merdeka Square!
- The best time to visit Merdeka Square is on August 31, the anniversary of Malaysia’s independence. Because then you can attend the National Day parades that take place here every year.