A combination of both English (Independence Square) and Bahasa Melayu (Dataran Merdeka), now known throughout the country as Merdeka Square.
Merdeka Square is situated in the center of the city. It’s in close proximity to the Gombak river, the Masjid Jamek, Central Market and China Town.
Merdeka Square is the core of KL’s history. Here you find buildings like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, and the National History museum. Some of them peppered with Moorish flavor and Mughal architecture.
A 100 meter-high flagpole marks the spot where the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957 signifying the independence of the country from British rule.
The square extends by a large part of a huge grass field: the Padang. This is where the annual Malaysian National Day parades are held. Around this field are the many interesting buildings.
Merdeka Square is also the popular venue for various other events – open air concerts, carnivals, starting/finishing point for marathons etc. Occasionally it will be turned into battle ground for cricket match, just like it used to be during the colonial days.
At the left of the flagpole is the National History Museum.
The museum opened its doors in 1966 as National History Museum and enables visitors to discover the wealth of Malaysia’s historical heritage through its permanent exhibition of artefacts and materials.
There is an impressive collection of artefacts and dioramas depicting various facets of Malaysian natural history from the ancient past to the present day.
Exhibits relate pre-historic and megalithic ages, the Johor-Riau Empire, Malacca sultanate and the colonial era.
The collection includes also a 520 million-year-old metamorphic sandstone, a 40,000-year-old homo sapiens skulls and an eight-sided gold coin dating back to the 15th century.
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Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The most beautiful building at the Merdeka Square is, without any doubt, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
The Sultan Abdul Samad building was constructed in 1897 and designed by a British architect, A.C. Norman, who worked for the Public Works Department at that time. He took into consideration some of the features of buildings in several Islamic countries.
The predominantly Moorish appearance of the building suitably reflects the cultural background of Malaysia. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was originally known as “The New Government Offices”.
The unique Moorish-style building has a 41 meter-tall clock tower, dubbed “Big Ben“.
It was to be the largest building of its day, constructed entirely of brick and what appears to be cream stone is actually plaster covered brick.
The building became the center of British administration in Selangor. The ground floor initially housed the Public Works Department, District Offices, Mines Department, Lands, Audit, and Treasury, with each office having its own vault. The Post Office and the Sanitary Board were also located here. On the first floor were the offices of the Secretariat, a State Council Room, a Sanitary Board Hall, rooms for the Resident and other officials and Chinese Secretariat.
When Selangor transferred its administrative offices to Shah Alam in 1974, the building was extensively renovated to house the nation’s judiciary. This grand building has been left vacant recently when the “official courts” moved to Putrajaya, now the new administrative center of Malaysia.
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