Merdeka Square (independence Square) is situated at the city of Kuala Lumpur; there is an area of concentrated historical sites including, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club Complex, the National History Museum (formerly the Chartered Bank Building), the Memorial Library and few more.
During the independent day of Malaysia on 31 August, 1957, the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time at the Merdeka Square on the 100-metre high flagpole. Merdeka Square which represents the meaningfulness of independence for the country has thereafter become the venue for the annually National Parade during Malaysian independent day. Other than that, it also hosted few other events such as carnivals, concerts, points of marathons, and cricket match.
While the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which was formerly known as “The New Government Office” is situated nearby and it is considered to be the most photographed historical building in the state. The building’s famous with its copper domed towers structure and was designed by A.C. Norman, a British architect who worked for the Public Works Department at that time. Sultan Abdul Samad Building used to serve as the centre of British administration in Selangor, housed the departments of Public Works, Mines, Lands, Audit and Treasury as well as the district offices. Nowadays, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is utilized by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. Visitors can see the two marble plaques at the main entrance, one that is in honor of the opening of the building while the other one shows that it was once Fedaral Court House.
The Royal Selangor Club, previously called as “The Selangor Club/ Padang” was the first club founded by the British in Kuala Lumpur. In those days the club was the favorite spot for the British elites to take on sporting activities such as cricket and tennis. One interesting feature about this place was that the wife of the colonial officer was said to often visit the club along with her pair of Dalmatians, thus earning the club a nickname of “The Spotted Dog”. Only club members are allowed to enter the Royal Selangor Club, though, visitors can walk around the field (Padang) in front of the club.
The old General Post Office’s located about 2 minutes walk distance from the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Since the late 19th century till year of 1984, the General Post Office had been serving as the main postal service centre for Kuala Lumpur and approximately in the year 1992, the General Post Office was shifted to the nearby Dayabumi Complex. Now, this building houses the Court of Appeal.
Across the road from the old General Post Office is the Restoran Warisan, which was formerly the Chartered Bank of India, China and Australia before it was converted into the state’s National History Museum displaying various artifacts and information pertaining to Malaysian history. . The site has only been converted into the Restoran Warisan that serves Malay cuisine recently after the National History Museum was moved to Putrajaya area.