The Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square serves as a commemoration of Malaysia’s long road to independence, which came to be on 31st August 1957 after several years of being in the clutches of colonialism. Ironically, this arena that celebrates the independence of a young nation was also the British Administration district when Kuala Lumpur became the administrative capital of Selangor in 1880 and the Federated Malay States in 1896. The charming colonial buildings around the square reminds us that this was once the place where the colonists lived, worked and played.
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a must visit and to get to know Kuala Lumpur’s past, present and future through prints, photos, miniatures and The Spectacular City Model Show. The gallery, housed in a century old British Government Printing office, is situated right in the historical enclave of Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square).
KUALA LUMPUR LIBRARY
T: +603 2612 3508
Mon: 2.00pm – 6.45pm
Tues – Fri: 10.00am – 6.45 pm
Sat & Sun: 10.00am – 5.00pm
First Sat & Sun of the month: Closed
All public holidays: Closed
Kuala Lumpur Library, built in 1989 is a modern library with a vast selection of reference books, e-journals and e-books for general reading or research work. The building is located at one end of the historic Independence Square. It offers an auditorium, conference area and multipurpose hall for rental, ground floor are sections for book loan and reading areas.
NATIONAL MUSIC MUSEUM
The museum is housed in the former Chartered Bank of India, China and Australia.
This century old ornate fountain is a striking attraction of the Independence Square. The functioning fountain features elements of the Art-Nouveau (new art) movement, which is characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.
National Textiles Museum is a unique place to learn about the rich diversity of the people of Malaysia. It traces the development and trend of textiles that have characterized and shaped the lifestyle of the people of Malaysia as early as the prehistoric era right up to Housed in an elegant and historic building of Moghul-Islamic architecture, the Museum has four themed galleries showcasing accessories and costumes. The gallery showcases the origins, development and techniques used in the industry of local textiles.
GENERAL POST OFFICE
An arched walkway connects it to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building down the road. Today, the building also houses part of the office of The Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING
Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a prominent landmark of Kuala Lumpur and once served as the government’s administration building during the British era. Located in front of the historic Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square), this impressive edifice built in 1897 has an impressive clock tower, shinny copper domes, arches and houses several important government departments.
FORMER HIGH COURT BUILDING
Located nearby the Merdeka Square and at the bank of the Klang River, this building was once the High Court of Malaysia up to 1984. Built in 1909 by architect Arthur Charles Norman, the building has a nice blend of Moghul and Moorish style.
PANGGUNG BANDARAYA (CITY THEATRE)
T: +603 2698 3311
Mon – Fri: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Sat, Sun & public holidays: Closed
Panggung Bandaraya (City Theatre) is among the oldest theaters in Malaysia. This theater is the venue for year-round local performances. The theatre is housed in a century old building, which was once the former Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board. Built in Moghul-style the building has a black dome at the main and secondary porches. In 1984, the Kuala Lumpur Municipality took over the building and in 1972 it became part of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall. The City Theatre was once well known among enthusiasts and art lovers. The theater has been upgraded to a musical theater and advance stage performing arts. The City Theatre is now home to MUD the Musical: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur. This is a cultural musical show held daily at the City Theatre (Panggung Bandaraya). Staged in a century old building near the location from where the City’s name was derived, MUD tells the tale of the Kuala Lumpur’s history, personalities and multicultural lifestyle sharing with the viewers the triumph and challenges of living in early Kuala Lumpur. This is a must-watch musical celebrating the spirit of Kuala Lumpur and its people who built it with hopes and dreams.
Jalan Tun Perak
T: +603 9235 4848
Daily: 8.30am – 12.30pm & from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Jamek Mosque, built in 1909, is one of the oldest surviving mosques in the city. The mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. Designed by architect Arthur Benison Hubback, its design was inspired by Moghul architecture in northern India.