Mark of Independence, Dataran Merdeka
From the Little India Night Market I could see the well lit Dataran Merdeka or the Independence Square, on the other side of Jalan Tun Perak.
It was late and I wanted to visit the place during the day time. Next morning I made a beeline for the Independence Square. The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur.
It was here, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957. (It was still called Malaya those days). A plaque on the ground marks the very place of this event.
At Merdeka Square I find Royal Selangor Club, the National History Museum and the impressive Sultan Abdul Samad Building which, I was told, is quite a sight a night when it is illuminated.
The lawns are actually shared by the Royal Selangor Club, probably the oldest social club in these parts, originally meant for the “stiff upper lip” class of the British hierarchy. Members play Cricket sometimes in these lawns. I was told that women are still not allowed in the bar! There are a couple of electronic score boards as well.
On one side of the lawns is the small seating gallery for the spectators.
The Malaysian flag flutters atop a 100M pole on the south-end of the square. Is it the tallest flag staff? I had a stiff neck from looking up at it. I still feel the ache when I look at the photos. Further south is the glass dome entrance to ETCi, the Exchange Trade Centre International (which is actually under the Merdeka Square). It was opened only in April 2012.
I did not have time to explore as to what is …maybe next time.
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