Dataran Merdeka and Twin Towers, the Pride of Malaysia

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 31 August 2015
Original content on this blog returns: 7 Apr 2017

The Heartlander Tourist

One of the iconic landmarks of Kuala Lumpur, the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) is a big green field facing an equally iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Sultan Abdul Samad BuildingIt was the place where the Union Jack was lowered and the Jamur Gemilang was raised.

It has not changed much from the early 1920s (the Dataran Merdeka is shown at the start).

The Merdeka Square is surrounded by many sites of historical significance, including the Royal Selangor Club Complex and the St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral. It was built in 1884 as a field extension of the Royal Selangor Club where wealthy British colonials would be able to enjoy cricket games while sitting in environments that remined them of the English countryside.

Royal Selangor Club ComplexRoyal Selangor Club Complex

St Mary's Anglican CathedralSt Mary’s Anglican Cathedral (Source)

Unlike the Padang in Singapore, this large field has more accoutrements including a a number of podiums and flagpoles…

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