Merdeka Square is the historical spot where the Malayan flag was first hoisted to signify its independence from the British colony.
Merdeka Square is a green field surrounded by a number of buildings of historical interest, which includes the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, and the National History museum. This is a significant place where Malaya declared its independence from British rule on August 31, 1957. Since then, Merdeka Square has been the venue for annual Independent Day celebrations and parades.
Merdeka Square is situated at the centre of the city, which is about 3 kilometres from the transportation hub – KL Sentral. It is also a 10-minute walk from the Kuala Lumpur Railway station.
Opening Days and Hours
The square is open to the public 24 hours daily although it can sometimes be closed for private functions.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission to the square is free.
How to Get There
Visitors may get to Merdeka Square by LRT train. Just disembark at the Masjid Jamek station and walk for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take the KTM Komuter railway. Simply disembark at the Kuala Lumpur station and walk for 10 minutes to the Square.
This place is suitable for travelers of all ages, especially those who are interested in the history of Malaysia.
Time to Spend
20 minutes is usually sufficient to see the square before moving on to your next venue.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Visit this place early in the morning on the 31st of August to witness the vibrant annual Merdeka Day parade.
There are no food stalls or restaurants within the Merdeka Square, however, you can easily find a variety of food at its nearby attractions that are accessible by foot. Central Market and Petaling Street (China Town) offer great options to satisfy your hunger. Some must-try local food at China Town are Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee, Yong Tau Fu at the China Town wet market, Kim Soya Bean, Madam Tang Mua Chi stall, and Air Mata Kucing stall.
- Masjid Jamek Mosque – 7 minutes by foot
- Central Market- 6 minutes by foot
- Petaling Street (China Town) – 9 minutes by foot
Visitors can easily find accommodation in the city of Kuala Lumpur, ranging from budget hostels, mid-range accommodation to luxury hotels.