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Dataran Merdeka

Dataran Merdeka

Dataran Merdeka, also known as Merdeka Square, is without a doubt KL's most well-known landmark. It is located in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and is also known as Dataran Merdeka (the former State Secretariat). This is the historical site where the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag was lifted for the first time on August 31, 1957, at the stroke of midnight. Merdeka Square has been the site of the annual Merdeka Parade since then.

Location:
Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours:
Open 24 hours (Daily)


Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

To the southeast of the National Mosque is the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, a nearly fairytale Moorish-style structure. It was KL's main railway hub until 2001 when Kuala Lumpur Sentral took over much of its function. It is situated along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin (previously known as Victory Avenue). Because of its stunning façade, the building is a popular tourist destination in the area. The open-plan Renaissance-style building's expansive verandas with arched colonnades make for beautiful photo opportunities.

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Underneath the Islamic façade, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station resembles a traditional Victorian-era English railway building made of glass and iron. Previously the offices of the Federated Malay States Railways, now acts as the administrative headquarters of Keretapi Tanah Melayu.

Fun fact: The building of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was postponed because the rooftop plan did not follow British railway standards. It had to be capable of sustaining snow a metre deep – very ironic as you remember KL's year-round hot and humid conditions.

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Location:
Kampung Attap, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

KL Railway Station

Royal Museum

Royal Museum

Would you like to see what it's like to live in a palace? The Royal Museum is perhaps the best location to see and experience the royal way of life. The Royal Museum opened its doors on 1 February 2013, is housing in the old National Palace, which served as the official residence of Malaysia's King and Queen. The former National Palace has been turned into a museum and is now open to the public.

Within this two-story structure, you will see the Balairung Seri (a room where the King addresses his subjects), the sleeping chamber, the royal office, the dining hall, and the nation's King's resting lounge.

Location:
Jln Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours:
9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Daily)


Sultan Abdul Samad

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building (named after the 4th Sulatan of Selangor, Sultan Abdul Samad Ibni Raja Abdullah (1857-1898)) was built in 1897 and designed by A.C. Norman. The house, which is entirely made of brick, has heavy gothic, western, and Moorish influences, with an elegant porch, graceful arches, circular colonnades capped with polished copper cupolas, and a domineering 41.2m high clock tower. It is also used as a backdrop for Malaysia's annual Independence Day parades (which take place past Dataran Merdeka).

Location:
Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opearting Houra:
Open 24hours (Daily)

Sultan Abdul Samad

Tugu Negara

The National Monument (Tugu Negara) was built in memory of Malaysia's fallen "soldiers" during the country's struggle for independence. It commemorates the fallen veterans of World War II, when Japan invaded this part of Southeast Asia (next to that also the repelling of communism is often mentioned). The monument is one of the world's largest bronze sculptures, standing 15.5 metres tall and designed by architect Felix de Weldon in 1966 (has designed others such as the famous Iwo Jima monument).

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The monument symbolises general freedom in Malaysia, and the national anthem (anthem of freedom) is generally associated with it. The monument depicts seven soldiers holding the Malaysian flag. Each warrior embodies one of the seven leadership qualities: command, unity, strength, wariness, pain, bravery, and sacrifice.

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Location:
Perdana Botanical Garden, Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours:
7.00 am - 6.00 pm (Daily)

Tugu Negara