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Merdeka Square – The Square of Independence

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.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square - Kuala Lumpur photo
Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square – Kuala Lumpur

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.

The Independent (Merdeka) Square, Kuala Lumpur
The Independent (Merdeka) Square, Kuala Lumpur

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.

The Fountain at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur
The Fountain at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

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The Flag-pole at Merdeka Square
The Flag-pole at Merdeka Square

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.

interior of sultan abdul samad building photos
That’s all we could see in the name of the interiors of the Palace

Have you been to the Independent square? How did you like it? Leave me a comment, I would love to know.

10 thoughts on “Merdeka Square – The Square of Independence”

  1. Hey Rajiv! You got some awesome clicks of the place. I was there during merdeka and it was so crowded and full of life but obviously no clear clicks. I liked Merdeka Square – the new the old all of it comes together there 😀

    1. Thanks Vaisakhi, glad that you liked the photos. We really liked Merdeka square. Calm yet so full of action. Historic yet modern.

      Cheers,
      Rajiv

    1. The place is indeed very beautiful and so is the surrounding. Thanks for the compliments VJ, coming from a wonderful photographer like you it means a lot.

      Cheers,
      Rajiv

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