Dataran Merdeka

My first LomoOuting started here, the Dataran Merdeka. It is located in Kuala Lumpur, the largest city of Malaysia. "Dataran" means "square". Meanwhile "Merdeka" is the most powerful word for every country, which means "independence".

My first LomoOuting started here, the Dataran Merdeka. It is located in Kuala Lumpur, the largest city of Malaysia. “Dataran” means “square”. Meanwhile “Merdeka” is the most powerful word for every country, which means “independence”.

Let me tell you why this place is so meaningful to me. Just have a look at my photo of 5 portraits – they were and are our Prime Ministers. The 1st Prime Minister (one the left portrait), Tunku Abdul Rahman, also called “Bapa Malaysia” – Father of Malaysia, was elected on the 31st August, 1957 on the day of our independence. On that day the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time and Tunku Abdul Rahman led the crowd in announcing “Merdeka!”.

Freedom had just begun right here! Surrounding the square are many buildings of historical value. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building was among the most significant landmarks built by the British, which grandly overlooks the Dataran Merdeka. Topped by a shiny copper dome and a 40m high clock tower, it is a major landmark in the city. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building now houses the Commercial Division of the High Court of Malaya. Now, every year on this special day, Dataran Merdeka will be the place for the Independence Day celebration. Many of local people and the tourist also will join the crowd enjoying the countdown moment.

There will be also of course the firecrackers, marching bands, concert and much more of the Merdeka events will be just waiting for you. Kuala Lumpur nowadays has very good transportation facilities. You can get into this place easily by transit LRT, bus, taxi or even walking if you like to walk with your cameras.

Some more, the road in front of The Sultan Abdul Rahman Building will be blocked or closed for not allowing the drivers to pass through. This is the chance for lomographers to “Don’t think, just shoot!”. You can walk down the street showing your styles everywhere. Until now, when I looked at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building on any media or photo, my brain automatically tells me, “Merdeka!!!”. Dataran Merdeka, the landmarks where Malaysia was born!

“Visit Malaysia 2007” & get yourself there by clicking here – http://www.virtualmalaysia.com/destination/dataran%20merdeka.html

written by reinertlee on 2008-05-09 in #world #locations #food #culture #art

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomography Day Trips: Utrecht, Between a Big City and a Small Village

    written by wesco on 2015-01-06 in #world #locations
    Lomography Day Trips: Utrecht, Between a Big City and a Small Village

    Utrecht, my hometown, is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the Hague. Here's a guide to the most interesting spots in Utrecht!

  • LC-A+ Goes To: Cagliari

    written by sirio174 on 2014-06-09 in #world #locations
    LC-A+ Goes To: Cagliari

    Cagliari is the capital of the region of Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. With my trusty Lomo LC-A+ RL, I'll show you in this article the most characteristic part of this city known as The Castle, with its narrow streets and a very interesting museum with unique archaeological pieces in the world!

    1
  • The Lomo LC-A Visits Los Angeles

    written by givesmehell on 2015-04-19 in #world #locations
    The Lomo LC-A Visits Los Angeles

    Los Angeles—the second largest city in the U.S.A. after New York City and the most populous city in the state of California. L.A. is vibrant and phenomenal. With the nickname "City of Angels," we are sure to find some gems here.

    2
  • Shop News

    Lubi Scooby Doo! Save 15% on Lomography film in the Bundle with the Lubitel!

    Lubi Scooby Doo! Save 15% on Lomography film in the Bundle with the Lubitel!

    This beautiful camera features such ability to let users choose and switch between 35mm or 120 formats! Shoot more, save more! Get this Lubitel camera and get 15% discounts with Lomography Films!

  • Fresh From the Lab: The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, My First Medium Format Film

    written by sinema on 2014-07-07 in #lifestyle
    Fresh From the Lab: The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, My First Medium Format Film

    This is my experience with the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (120), my first medium format film. It's an adventure that started when I got a Lubitel 2, to finally shoot with it. In this article, you'll find detailed information about color schemes, the advantages of shooting in medium format, and the differences between standard redscale films. Here are the results of a day of shooting outside, which I recently got back from the lab.

  • The Lomo LC-A Goes to New York City

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-12 in #world #locations
    The Lomo LC-A Goes to New York City

    New York City is the busiest and most populous city in the USA. Home to 8.5 million people, it is a massive melting pot. The city embraces many different cultures, which makes it home to many immigrants, too. Let's take a look at NYC through the lens of the Lomo LC-A!

    1
  • Total Eclipse of the Sun Competition

    written by jacobs on 2015-03-20 in #gear #news #competitions
    Total Eclipse of the Sun Competition

    Did you catch the solar eclipse that happened recently? Word on the street is that it even resulted in a total eclipse in some areas of Europe, making it a pretty rare occasion for the folks that got to see it! We're guessing that some of you even had your cameras to catch the whole shebang on film — which is why we're throwing a competition for the best eclipse and sun inspired shots out there. Come on in and check out the details!

  • Shop News

    Colorsplash your World!

    Colorsplash your World!

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • Exhibition: Florian Reischauers - Grüß Gott, A Fairy Tale

    written by efrost on 2015-01-09 in #news
    Exhibition: Florian Reischauers - Grüß Gott, A Fairy Tale

    Florian Reischauer’s LomoHome isn’t the only thing he’s known for in the Lomography community. The photographer is also regarded for his series “Pieces of Berlin,” which started as a popular blog and formed the pages of his own book. His latest series “Grüß Gott- A Fairy Tale” takes its turn center stage and is slated to appear in a solo exhibition at the Deutsches Haus at the University of New York.

  • Aaron Rose's Vintage Photographs of Sunbathers and Swimmers at Coney Island on Exhibit in NYC

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-15 in #news
    Aaron Rose's Vintage Photographs of Sunbathers and Swimmers at Coney Island on Exhibit in NYC

    For the first time ever, this collection of photographs by Aaron Rose is currently on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York until August 3, 2014. Won't be at the Big Apple during this time? Don't worry, we've got you covered; get a preview of it right after the jump!

  • The Analogue Quiz: What B&W Film are you?

    written by andie_sollmer on 2014-10-20 in #news
    The Analogue Quiz: What B&W Film are you?

    Did you ever think about the myth that we actually dream in Black & White? No colors, maybe no truth behind it anyways. But we know for a fact that you can create the most dreamy photographs with an analogue camera. And for that you need the right film. Scroll down and find out which B&W film is the film of your dreams!

    4
  • Shop News

    Feed your LC-A 120 the finest emulsions and save!

    Feed your LC-A 120 the finest emulsions and save!

    Shoot more with LC-A 120 without breaking your budget! The Phoblographer Editor’s Choice Award Winner now comes in a Bundle with 120 format film at 15% off!

  • Lomography Petzval Lens Photography Tips

    written by gothcupcake on 2014-08-14 in #gear #tipster
    Lomography Petzval Lens Photography Tips

    My boyfriend Scott (@xtharnx) and I are based in Phoenix, Arizona and enjoy experimenting with the Lomography Petzval Lens for its fabulous bokeh effects and dreamy, swirly portraits. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your Petzval Lens.

  • Lomography's Little Lessons: Depth of Field

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-04-10 in #gear #lifestyle #tipster
    Lomography's Little Lessons: Depth of Field

    Have you ever wondered why those nerdy camera constructors formulate complicated terms that baffle most normal citizens? Trust me, I know it all too well; Physics was the first subject to go when I had to choose between studying and spending yet another night pursuing youthful adventures. But don't worry — the remedy for all of the gaps in your knowledge is right here: Lomography’s Little Lessons on Photography. Follow this series and in no time you'll catch up on everything your curious mind desires!

    1
  • Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    written by sirio174 on 2014-09-23 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    I prefer being outdoors whenever I go on a vacation at the seaside. For this reason, I always choose to stay at a campsite instead of a hotel. This year, I stayed at a beautiful one in the south of Italy. Here is a series of photos which I received a few days ago from the excellent LomoLab service, taken with my Sprocket Rocket. Have a look after the jump!

    2