Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dataran Merdeka

Dataran Merdeka, which means Independence Square, is the location where the Malay flag was raised for the first time on August 31, 1957. The flag itself is about 95 meters tall, one of the tallest in the world.

I am walking toward Dataran Merdeka.

95 meter high flag

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

This square is famous for the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which was built from 1894-1897. Of course the square was once a white only club and cricket ground when Malaysia was under the control of the British. Seriously? cricket???? I'll take baseball any day. cricket.... lame. anyway.... ;-)

Some info on the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

A middle eastern family probably vacationing in Malaysia. I was told Malaysia is a popular vacation spot for middle easterners because Malaysia is an Islamic country and tropical. I was also told that some middle eastern women will throw off their robe thingy and walk around in regular clothing like western women (unlike the woman in this photo).

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