Merdeka square was the first place we decided to visit on our first-day in Kuala Lumpur. I mean, we did arrive in Kulala Lumpur the day before and spent some quality time at Bukit Bintang, the most happening place in Kuala Lumpur, but Merdeka square was where we actually started our sight-seeing in Kuala Lumpur. As we walked towards the square, the first thing that caught my attention was that how wonderfully the old and the new complemented each other, standing not far from one another. The more than a century old Sultan Abdul Samad Building that housed various government offices during the British-era now stands perfectly in sync with the modern-day sky-scrapers which stand not far from the historic building.
Right across the Sultan Abdul Samad Building stands yet another historic building, the Royal Selangor Club. A manicured green carpet of the Independent square lay between the two on which, people lazed around while the kids were running in all directions. The people who were done with their selfies were busy looking for other ‘spots’ to go and stand in-front of and start the selfie ritual again. We enjoyed all this sitting on the soft grass, a little exhausted with the humidity.
This being the place where back in the year 1957, Malaysia declared its independence from the British rule holds a lot of significance. It has, over the years, been the center-point of many political rallies as well as range of other events and today too, there seemed to be a lot of action going on here. We saw a lot of school students, some of them with their teachers, busy around the various significant points of interest. One of the largest flag-pole in the world, the fountain at the independence square and the wall-paintings of significant Malaysian leaders.
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As the sun started to head west, we decided to walk towards yet another interesting destination that we had in our minds (more on that in the next post), but not before trying once again to peek inside the grand Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Sadly, both our attempts went in vain. The reason being the on-going construction in the palace. No one was being allowed inside.
Have you been to the Independent square? How did you like it? Leave me a comment, I would love to know.