‘Merdeka Square’ which is ‘Dataran Merdeka’ is one of the most important historical landmarks in the history of Malaysia.
Dataran means square and Merdeka means independence. The name is self explanatory in that this is the place that marked the independence of Malaysia from colonial rule on 31 August 1957. It is here that the Union Jack was lowered and replaced with the flag of Malaysia.
You will be able to see the 100 metres flag pole which is reputed to be the tallest in the world. On a windy day, you will be able to see the flag of Malaysia being flown in full view at the square.
The Square is well maintained with beautiful gardens, terraces, fountains and a big screen for screening of main events and live telecasts. Photography session for first timer to this place is a must whether one is a local or a foreign tourist. And, it was my first time visit this square after staying at KL for few years.
This Square continues to be a venue where many events are held. The National Day celebrations and New Year countdown are among the events that are held here. Beneath the square is Plaza Putra where you will be able to find food and entertainment. It also has a car park facility.