Flag raising ceremony, Dataran Merdeka

By on March 5, 2012 in Malaysia with 2 Comments

Not sure what to do on a Monday morning in Kuala Lumpur?

Catch the Jalur Gemilang flag raising ceremony at Dataran Merdeka, at 10 am (lasts 10 to 15 minutes) every Monday morning, weather permitting, of course.

Dataran Merdeka, is a historically significant venue to the country where the Union Jack flag was lowered, and the Malayan Federation flag was raised for the first time at the stroke of midnight. It is also one of the sites for the sixth tallest flag pole in the world.

Dataran Merdeka is also the venue for the Merdeka Day parade.

Resplendent in their crisp, white uniforms, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers and personnel assemble at the field near the flagpole.

The event starts with the singing of the national anthem, Negaraku, and the raising of the Jalur Gemilang. It is followed by a captivating performance by riders from DBKL horse unit. This is accompanied by a brass band belting out three to four songs.

The event, doesn’t last long, around 10 to fifteen minutes, so be sure to come early. Oh, and do bring along a camera, you wouldn’t want to miss this new attraction to the city!

How to get there:

Dataran Merdeka is accessible by bus, taxi or train (light rapid transit/LRT). If you’re taking the LRT, alight at Masjid Jamek Station. It is a few minutes’ walk to Dataran Merdeka.

Alternatively, you can catch a taxi from anywhere around town to go to Dataran Merdeka. It is also within the route of the KL Hop-on Hop-off City Tour. (http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/)

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  1. feerlo says:

    This is a cool travel attraction. Has this been going on for long time or this is a new thing?

  2. Sintya says:

    Information please! What Merdeka Day Parade to the public? Thanks.

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