Journey 01 – Merdeka Square Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Merdeka Square is one of the most memorable locations for me in Kuala Lumpur. Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka reminds me of pre-colonial period. I visited Merdeka Square with my friends upon recommendation of my grandfather. The symbolic flagpole represents Malaysia as an independent nation. I often hear my grandfather saying that it was one of the most historic moments when the Malaysian flag was hosted for the first time on August 31, 1957.


The Union Flag also known as the Union Jack was lowered for the first time in Malaysia in Independence Square or Selangor Club Pedang. There are several historical structures near Merdeka Square such as Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, St. Mary Anglican Cathedral etc. The most exquisite of them all is Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It resembles Mogul architecture along with a clock tower similar to Big Ben in London.

I was quite fortunate to hire a car rental in Kuala Lumpur as it plays a crucial role in terms of transportation within the city. My friends drove the rented car from one destination to another within the city. We went inside the Sultan Abdul Samad Building near Merdeka Square. It serves as the office for Ministry of Information and Communication in Malaysia.


Moreover, we were fortunate to witness the annual Merdeka parade. It was truly remarkable as the artists performed jubilantly and the parade moved in full swing. The historical significance of the parade really astonishes me along with nearby places of interest.


The flagpole situated at Merdeka Square is tallest in the whole world.

It is situated at a height of 95 meters from the ground. My friends insisted me to click few pictures at the base of the flagpole. The base of the flagpole is decorated with round black marble plaque.

It commemorates the struggle of Malaysian people from the British Rule. The Union Jack symbolizes the power of British Rule throughout the world. The location of Merdeka Square plays quite a strategic role apart from Malaysian freedom struggle and hosting Malaysian flag. It hosts several concerts, carnivals, races etc.

Merdeka Square is quite popular among the locals. I first came to know about it through the popular televisions series – The Amazing Race Asia 1.

Below is the video for Amazing Race Asia Episode 1

The race commenced from Dataran Merdeka with thousands of fan following around the world. It is one of the most popular hubs for tourists as they prefer to relax and chat among themselves.


My friends and I weren’t tired as our rented car saved time & money. Nowadays, people visit Merdeka Square for enjoyment & relief. Its peaceful location exhibits historical importance along with other structures such as Muzium Sejarah National. We saw thousands of artifacts along with statues and historical items. I plan to tour the Muzium Serajah National again as it displays hundreds of artifacts. Overall, I managed to save quite a lot of money along with my precious time by renting car in Kuala Lumpur. It proved highly convenient for me.