Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square is one of the famous tourist attractions in the city of Kuala Lumpur. There is a 100-meter tall flag pole on one side of the Square and there are a few attractions around it. Among them is the iconic historical building of Sultan Abdul Samad right across the street from the green field on the Square.

Various events held in the Square area which included Independence Day parades and celebrations.

I was at the Square recently on September 11th to visit a couple of museums in the area. To give you a glimpse of what’s there, here’s a video of a 360 degree view from the green field at the Square which I took:


So, if you’re planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, you might be interested in including a visit to Dataran Merdeka in your itinerary and here are among the attractions you can check out while in the area:

Panggung Bandaraya

This is a theater of performing arts.  Notice in one of the photos below, this theater has a couple of shows daily. This place has a website where you can find more information including show schedules and ticket information – MudKL.

Panggung Bandaraya
Panggung Bandaraya

There’s also information about this theater on the website of  Kuala Lumpur City Hall at


National Textile Museum

The two-floor National Textile Museum showcases a rich collection of costumes and other things related to textile of people from different ethnic backgrounds. It consists of a few galleries. When I was there on September 11, 2016, one of the galleries was having an Headdress Exhibition which by the way is going to run until February 25, 2017.

Admission to the Textile Museum is free. For more information, check out their website at

National Textile Museum
National Textile Museum


Music Museum

Music Museum is located across the street from the National Textile Museum and next to the tall flag pole. It displays both traditional and modern music instruments. Admission is free.

More information on Music Museum can be found at

Music Museum



Tourism Malaysia’s img_4916Tourist Information Center

When in the area, you can stop by at the Tourism Malaysia’s Tourist Information Center and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery to get more information about the Square as well information about tours in the City. By the way, there is also an I LOVE KL photo spot right outside of the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery building (see photo below).

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery


Here are more photos of Dataran Merdeka and its surroundings including photos taken a couple of years back.










By Kam H.