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Merdeka Square

Admire the colonial buildings and stroll the lawns of the square where Malaysia’s independence was officially declared.

Merdeka, or Independence, Square was once at the heart of colonial Malaysia. It’s surrounded by old administrative buildings and was once the cricket pitch site of the Royal Selangor Club. It was here that, in 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian National Flag first flown, marking the country’s independence from the United Kingdom. Today the square hosts the country’s annual Independence Day celebration, concerts and other major events.

Walk the length of the square to admire the colonial buildings. By far the most impressive is the 1897 Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was designed by Arthur C. Norman, who took his inspiration from the architecture of northern India. The red-and-white brick building features intricate archways, domed turrets and a 134-foot (41-meter) high clock tower.

Directly opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the Royal Selangor Club. This Tudor-revival building, constructed in the late 19th century, was where high-ranking British officials met, socialized and held regular cricket tournaments.

Keep exploring the square, strolling along paths bordered by immaculately trimmed hedges, and you’ll find the 311-foot (95-meter) high flagpole that is a proud reminder of an independent Malaysia.

Check out the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery to see photographs and artifacts from throughout the city’s history. Head south to visit the National Textile Museum, where you’ll find hundreds of items tracing Malaysia’s weaving and embroidering traditions. Make your way north to find the 19th century St. Mary’s Cathedral, mother church of the Diocese of West Malaysia.

Merdeka Square is located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, just across from the Jamek Mosque and inland from the Sungai Gombak River. It’s easily accessible on public transport, and there is pay parking underneath the flagpole area. The square is open daily and admission is free, including the city gallery and textile museum.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station is only a 2-minute walk and KL Sentral Station is 6 minutes.

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    Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

    Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

    12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Petronas Twin Towers and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur Tower and Central Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Raja Chulan Station is 8 minutes by foot and KLCC Station is 11 minutes.

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      Citin Masjid Jamek by Compass Hospitality

      Citin Masjid Jamek by Compass Hospitality

      No. 7 Seksyen 33, Jalan Melayu, Off Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Golden Triangle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Masjid India and Merdeka Square. Jamek Mosque and Central Market are also within 10 minutes. Kuala Lumpur Masjid Jamek Station is 5 minutes by foot and Dang Wangi Station is 13 minutes.

        Melia Kuala Lumpur Rp582.382
        Melia Kuala Lumpur

        Melia Kuala Lumpur

        16 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bukit Bintang, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square. Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang are also within 10 minutes. Imbi Station is only a 3-minute walk and Hang Tuah Station is 8 minutes.

          Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur Rp1.235.919
          Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur

          Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur

          11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Petronas Twin Towers. Suria KLCC Shopping Centre and Aquaria KLCC are also within 15 minutes. Bukit Nanas Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dang Wangi Station is 7 minutes.

            Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur
            Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur

            Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur

            13-15, Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Golden Triangle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jamek Mosque and Central Market. Petaling Street and Merdeka Square are also within 10 minutes. Kuala Lumpur Masjid Jamek Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kuala Lumpur Pasar Seni Station is 7 minutes.

              Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Rp582.683
              Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

              Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

              No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this hotel is steps away from NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km). KL Sentral Station and Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Hotel 1915 Rp179.773
                Hotel 1915

                Hotel 1915

                No. 49 Jalan Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Golden Triangle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jamek Mosque, Merdeka Square and Petaling Street. Masjid India and Central Market are also within 10 minutes. Kuala Lumpur Masjid Jamek Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kuala Lumpur Pasar Seni Station is 10 minutes.