For Part 1 of our KL adventure, click HERE.
For the continuation of our Kuala Lumpur experience, we passed by the Sultan Abdul Samad building which is a strip of Islamic-inspired structures. Sultan Abdul Samad Building is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia and sits beside the old KL Railway Station. Too bad, since it is a government office, I could not get a grant to take a look on the inside. It remains one of the city’s most important tourist attractions and a historical landmark in the city. Its very outstanding with its design with Moghul Islamic architecture in mind. Also, it’s very distinct for the clock tower that is also popular to the locals as the “Big Ben” of Kuala Lumpur.
Just to let you guys know, there is a free guided tour along Dataran Merdeka, to visits all other historical landmark, but it is only available on certain time.
Next to it is Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. This is by far my most favorite place among others located near Dataran Merdeka. Classic, artistic, orderly mannered. Since we were already touring around to have a glimpse of Malaysia’s history, why not go here to see more of modern KL inside.
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is another unique kind of tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It is a visitor information, where we could ask a guide about some road, or other tourist attraction place to visit. It is located at around Daratan Merdeka, and there are a lot of other tourist attraction near to this place. This building is preserved from a historical building (I really like the classiness feeling around here :)). And there are a lot of historical landmark around this area, so once we visit this place, we could just spend the whole day to visit a lot of other places nearby.
Next stop, the Tugu Negara or The National Monument is one of the attractions in Kuala Lumpur. It is located at a walking distance from the famous Lake Gardens Kuala Lumpur. The National Monument is a sculpture which was built in remembrance of the brave soldiers who died fighting for the independence of our country. This historic sculpture has also marked its place in the book of records for being the tallest freestanding group of bronze sculptures.
The Monument of 7 Soldiers is the tallest freestanding bronze sculpture grouping. The 7 figures of the soldiers have its own qualities: leadership, courage, strength, sacrifice, unity, suffering and vigilance.
What is so nice about the National Monument is it is surrounded with fountains and ornamental pewter lilies. This is the Asean Sculpture Garden just beside the monument.
We finally stepped foot to Merdeka Square which is Dataran Merdeka or translated in English as Independence Square. The entire place used to serve as the government administration center during the British settlement. This is where the Union Jack flag was lowered down and the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time to commemorate the end of British colonization over the country. The Merdeka Square has since then been the venue for commemorating the country’s independence.
I was so surprised to find this historic gem that was also probably nearby the busiest parts of the city. Amidst the modern skyscrapers, bustling shopping malls, and even the busy intersection roads surrounding Merdeka, I was certainly impressed with how this heritage area has been preserved.
The area is not that packed with tourists, in fact, I feel it’s not that famous of a tourist spot and I wish it would stay the same so as to preserve its very unique and relaxed atmosphere. During night, I reckon it’s also a good place to chill and talk with friends with these magnificent structures in view. Absolutely one of my recommended places in Kuala Lumpur.
For Part 3 of our KL adventure, click HERE.