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Merdeka Square
Holiday Travel Guide

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.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Merdeka Square

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$79 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Central Market, Merdeka Square and Mid Valley Mega Mall. Kuala Lumpur Tower and Berjaya ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,209 reviews)

"The room was excellent! Felt pampered staying in the well equipped room. A wide range of dining options too. However, breakfast spread was moderate for a 5 star hotel. Overall it was a pleasant stay :)"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan,2021

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$63 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Petaling Street and Merdeka Square are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (994 reviews)

"Just perfect for a super short staycation ! Everything was on point."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan,2021

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
145 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Wp Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$246 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Suria KLCC Shopping Centre and KLCC Park. Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Convention ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (198 reviews)

"professional staffs and clean room. Had blast during 5N stay."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2021

Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
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Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$79 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$63 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
145 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Wp Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$246 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$149 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Swiss Garden Residence SS Suite
Swiss Garden Residence SS Suite
4 out of 5
117, S-23-09, Swiss Garden Residence, Jalan Pudu, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$39 per night from 22 Mar to 23 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Swiss Garden Residence SS Suite
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$103 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$61 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
4 out of 5
NO 2 JALAN BALAI POLIS, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$46 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
100 Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur
The price is SG$49 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
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