Merdeka Square is the site of the first hoisting of the Malaysian flag in 1957. The significant event is commemorated through a 95-metre flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, located at the south side of the square.
The square mainly consists of a large patch of green field surrounded by buildings, dating back to the 1890s. The most notable structures around the square are the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Royal Selangor Club.
Merdeka Square literally means Independence Square. This historical landmark hosts the annual National Day Parade.
The Merdeka Square is a free and open space where everybody can relax and bide their time after touring other parts of Kuala Lumpur. Families can have picnics at the grassy field where children will enjoy running and playing.
Aside from its history, the Merdeka Square is definitely worth a visit if only to marvel at the gorgeously amazing architecture of the surrounding buildings. There are the grand Sultan Abdul Samad Building and its clock tower, the Tudor-inspired Royal Selangor Club, the enormous Masjid Jamek mosque, and the Moorish City Theater.
Explore the square in the afternoon and linger after sundown to watch the buildings transforming with beautiful colored lights.
Things to do at Merdeka Square
Take a free 2.5 hours guided tour courtesy of the Mayor’s Office. The tour happens thrice weekly, from 09:00 to 11:30. Just walk in and register at the City Gallery before 09:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and view the miniature models of Kuala Lumpur and its famous landmarks. A 40 feet x 50 feet scale model of cityscape can be found inside the gallery.