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Merdeka Square

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Ranked #25 of 112 attractions in Kuala Lumpur
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This square, surrounded by impressive historical buildings, is the literal heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur as well as the figurative heart of Malaysian... more » Owner description: This square, surrounded by impressive historical buildings, is the literal heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur as well as the figurative heart of Malaysian nationalism. « less
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Merdeka Square is a nice and different setting amongst the city environment. It is very nicely kept and colonial buildings make it worth the trip.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The scorching sun will prevent you from taking the best pictures. It is best to head here at night. The main issue is that I couldn't enter the green area when I went since it was blocked. The flag is huge, but it's much better to go here at night.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Located near the little india market, the Medreka square is a beautiful structure built in the memory of independence of Malaysia. Close to is an art gallery from where souvenirs can be bought although they are expensive. Few moments could be spent here.

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Dublin, Ireland
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Merdeka Square is a lovely place with a Malaysian Flag dominating the skyline among the old colonial buildings and the Royal Selengal Cricket Club. The Victorian Fountain is a throwback to the colonial period but pales in significance to the grand memorial to Malaysian Independence. Raised area with water feature at one end and a peaceful area at beyond the... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Merdeka means independence. What is Merdeka square today was originally the cricket ground of the Selangor club. This is where, at midnight on 31st August 1957, the Malaysian flag was hoisted to mark their independence. Today there is a rectangular grass square flanked by the Selangor club along one length, and along the other, across the road is the Sultan... More

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Siliguri ,west bengal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

cool place...With the big ben kind of structure....royal cricket club on one side...there is a nice fountain close by...take a stroll in the evening ..you will love it...located right at the heart of the city..

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Bali, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you like history, you probably wanted to visit this part of KL, there are many various samples of British colonial Mughal architecture, with few mocks of Tudor as well. The Sultan building which used to be the city's main governor's office is absolutely stunning, and there are few other ex colonial government buildings all designed in Mughal mainly, it... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The Square is right opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and is a very beautiful place with spacious lawns to walk around and take some photos with the flag pole. It's also very close to Masjid Jamek (around 10 minutes walk) so you could visit all 3 places within 1 hour if you're short on time. That's about it :)

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Paranaque, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Malaysian flag pole here stands amongst the world's tallest. It's where their flag was first raised and another (Union Jack) lowered. Even more impressive about this place is - it's surrounded by iconic buildings such as the Abdul Samad and the National Textile Museum.

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Chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The most convenient way to get to Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is on any of the train lines that touch Masjid Jamek station, from where it is a fifteen minute walk. Dataran Merdeka translates to Independence Square. It was here that the Union Jack was lowered for the last time symbolizing the end of British colonial administration, and the Malaysian... More

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