Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Learn about the history of Malaysia and visit one of the most important political sites in the country at Dataran Merdeka. The expansive open square is flanked on all sides by some of Kuala Lumpur’s most historic buildings and is the site where Malaysia declared independence in 1957.

Today, the leafy square remains a popular meeting point and tourist attraction in the city, offering an excellent starting point to tour other notable heritage buildings in the area.

Learn how history was made at Dataran Merdeka Bintang

The towering flagpole in the centre of the square is Dataran Merdeka’s most prominent feature; stretching 95-metres, it is amongst the tallest flagpoles in the world and an important symbol of independence in Malaysia. It was here, on 31 August, 1957, that the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time, replacing the Union Jack and signalling the end of colonisation and British rule in Malaysia. To commemorate this fateful day, thousands of Malaysians from all over the country

Exploring Merdeka Square and surrounds

Around the perimeter of Dataran Merdeka are some of Kuala Lumpur’s most important heritage buildings, including the city's most prominent edifice, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which was built in 1894 in an ornate Mughal Style. Nearby, the century-old Royal Selangor Club is another well-known building and community centre. Moving away from the square, visitors can take a short stroll to the popular Central Market or wander around Petaling Street, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown district.

Getting to Dataran Merdeka

Dataran Merdeka is just a short 5-minute drive or an easy 30-minute walk from PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur. Our hotel near Dataran Merdeka offers guests spacious rooms, excellent amenities, gourmet restaurants and a central base to explore all that Malaysia’s capital city has to offer.