Discover Malaysia - Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is a square located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Literally Independence Square, it was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang or simply the "Padang" and was used as the cricket green of the Selangor Club (Royal Selangor Club).

It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight (12:00 AM) on 31 August 1957. Since then, Merdeka Square has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).

Next to it is the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery which tells the story of Kuala Lumpur through miniature models and The Spectacular City Model Show. To the North is the St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral, currently the Diocese of West Malaysia and the see of the Bishop of West Malaysia. Not far from the square is also the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which is still operational. However the main hub has recently been moved to KL Sentral in 2001.



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Welcome to Chinatown

You don't have to look too hard to find traces of old KL in Chinatown's shophouse-lined streets, which border the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers.

This is where the city was born, reached its teenage years with the development of Chinatown and celebrated its late 20s with the establishment of the British colonial ensemble around Merdeka Square.





Kampung Bharu

Kampung Bharu may very well be the last standing village in the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur. This historic establishment, surrounded by the towering skyscrapers of the city, still thrives as a living testament to Malaysia’s beginnings, current development and the future it holds.

The village is now part of an important tourist attraction featuring the living heritage and culture of Malaysia. The Jalan-Jalan@Kampung Bharu guided tour package by Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau takes visitors down the memory lanes of one of the oldest Malay settlements in the city. 

Led by qualified guides with in-depth knowledge of Kampung Bharu history, the heritage walk takes tourists to several important sites to see a traditional Malay house built in 1921 known as Master Mat’s house, the Kelab Sultan Suleiman Gallery which showcases the history of the Malay political struggle, the Gurdwara Tatt Khalsa, and the Jamek mosque.

The walk passes by many of the old wooden houses and rows of traditional shops, and along the way, the guide shares about basic Malay customs and traditions.

Tourists will also have the opportunity to try out popular street-food such as bubor lambok (spiced rice porridge), kuih-muih (traditional cakes and sweets) and the famous Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa at the Malay Food Street.




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Malaysia Signature Dish 

Aside from sightseeing, Malaysia is famous for it’s array of dishes as the country has three main races and the food can be influenced from the neighbouring countries.

Each and every state holds its own dish but there is some dishes that is agreed by lots of us as the signature dish of Malaysia, and one of them is Nasi Lemak, literally translated to Fat Rice.

It's a comford food that can be enjoyed whether in the morning, afternoon or night! A plate of nasi lemak will usually comprised of coconut rice, chilli paste, an egg, fried anchovies and cucumber slices.

Go on and be adventerous by adding side dishes like chicken/beef rendang, fried chicken, sambal squid and the list goes on.

Please insist on banana leaf packaging and you’ll salivate yourself once it’s ready to be eaten.




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Kuala Lumpur City Center

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the city centre of Malaysia, lies the iconic tallest twin tower in the world, The Kuala Lumpur City Centre building or known to the world as KLCC.

The twin tower was officiated on 1st January 1998 comprise of 88 storeys housing several business hubs and shopping centres within the vicinity such as the Suria KLCC and Avenue K.

The place is bustling with tourist and locals most of the time as the building is easily accesible by public transport. You may shop and dine in Suria KLCC or families may spend their leisure time over here as the KLCC Park is located just down below.

Either you need a good jog, bringing your child for a swim in the kiddies pool or watch a man -made fountain with light shows as the night folds in. Whatever your reason to visit Kuala Lumpur, KLCC is definitely a spot you should not miss!

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