Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square
Visit this impressive square for a glimpse into Kuala Lumpur's colonial past and to see the place where the Malaysian flag was raised for the very first time.

This square in the centre of Kuala Lumpur holds particular significance for locals, as it is the place where Malaysian independence was officially declared – hence the name Merdeka (literally "Independence" Square). This important moment in Malaysian history is commemorated in the square every year as part of the country's Independence Day celebrations.Although Merdeka Square now plays host to concerts and events, its carefully tended lawn and hedges were once the cricket pitch of the Royal Selangor Club. Check out the Royal Selangor Club building itself, one of the many fine examples of colonial architecture that surround the square. This Tudor-revival structure was originally a meeting-place for prominent British military officers, where they could socialise and hold cricket tournaments.Directly opposite stands the magnificent neo-Moorish Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which was completed in 1897. The architect Arthur C. Norman drew inspiration from his time in India for this government building, hence its domed turrets, highly decorated archways and beautiful red and white brick façade. Marvel at the 41-metre clock tower as you walk past.You'll find a number of other gems just off the square, including the 19th-century St. Mary's Cathedral, mother church of the West Malaysia Diocese, and the National Textile Museum. The latter is a treasure trove of weaving and embroidery exhibits. The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is also well worth a visit for its wealth of historical photos and artefacts.The main attraction, however, is the 95-metre flagpole in the south of the square. One of the tallest in the world, it marks the spot where, in 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian National Flag raised for the first time, thereby officially marking the start of Malaysia's independence from the UK.You'll find Merdeka Square right in the centre of Kuala Lumpur, just west of the Gombak River and a short walk from the Jamek Mosque. Public transport is an easy and cheap option but, if you want to drive, there's a paid underground car park at the southern end. The square is open every day and entry to it, the city gallery and the textile museum is free of charge.

Top 10 Hotels Near Merdeka Square

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Kuala Lumpur
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250
The price is RM408 per night from 10 Oct to 11 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (47 reviews)
Great amazing hotel
"Had a quick stopover in KL and stayed here, amazing hotel and very friendly staff to deal with, hotel is close to the malls and perfect location to explore the city! Would definitely stay here again on our next visit to KL, it’s bout an hour and a bit from the airport so factor that in."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2022

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, 50088
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM648 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"Great location, closer to the Petronas Towers than expected. The views are phenomenal!"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2022

Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250
The price is RM417 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (999 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Very friendly staff and nice big comfy rooms. Breakfast is amazing with wide spread."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

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Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman North
Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman North
4 out of 5
449, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, 50100
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Kuala Lumpur
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, 50088
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
4 out of 5
No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, 50470
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, 55100
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel
5 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250
Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, 55100
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
25 Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur, 50300
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