Dataran Merdeka

Dataran Merdeka

The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is 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 August 31 1957. Since then, Dataran Merdeka has been the usual venue for the annual Hari Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).


Literally "Independence Square", it was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang, and was originally the cricket green of the Selangor Club (now Royal Selangor Club).

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which grandly overlooks the Dataran Merdeka, is among the most significant landmarks built by the British. This Moorish architecture beauty, completed in 1897, housed several important departments during the British administration.

The Dataran Merdeka was officially opened on 1 January 1990 in conjunction of Visit Malaysia Year 1990.

Dataran Merdeka was the starting line of "The Amazing Race Asia 1".

On August 31, 2007, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shouted 'Merdeka!' on midnight celebrations, where thousands of Malaysians celebrated 50 years of nationhood. [ [ BBC NEWS, Malaysia marks 50 years as nation] ]

In the vicinity

Surrounding the square are many buildings of historical interest including the Royal Selangor Club Complex which is situated on one corner of the square, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the National History Museum and the Memorial Library, a building dating back to 1909, St. Mary's Anglican cathedral, a Gothic style building which is more than a hundred years old and the impressive modern Dayabumi Complex.

A 95-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks that spot with a flat, round black marble plaque. It is located at the southern end of the square. [SkyscaperPage [] . Extracted March 30, 2006] The quasi-Tudor style timber structure was built in 1890 and remains a place to watch a game of cricket on a Sunday afternoon.

The Royal Selangor Club's Tudor-style building, built in 1890 is in stark contrast to the Moorish Sultan Abdul Samad government building across the square.


ee also

* Putrajaya Independence Square

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