Walking Tour: KL Freedom Square

After school, some of us decided to take a little walking tour around some of the most historical and beautiful parts of Kuala Lumpur.  One of the important landmarks in KL is the lovely Sultan Abdul Samad Building, also known as the Secretariat.  Built by the British in 1894, and named after the Sultan of Selangor at that time, it is now a National Heritage site.

The beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad Building houses government offices

The beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad Building houses government offices

Across the street from the Secretariat is Dataran Merdeka (Freedom Square).  This lush green plot in the heart of KL is the historic site of the peaceful transfer of power from the British, who controlled Malaya, to the Malaysians on the 31st of August, 1957.  Here the students stand at one end of the square.

Wilkes student teachers at one end of Merdeka Square

Wilkes student teachers at one end of Merdeka Square

The tallest free-standing flagpole in the world also stands on Dataran Merdeka, and here we are at the nearby fountain.

Stephanie Wilkie, Nick Barno, Amanda Coombs, Jennifer Earley, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Abby Kaster

L-R: Stephanie Wilkie, Nick Barno, Amanda Coombs, Jennifer Earley, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Abby Kaster

A short jaunt from the historic section of KL is the Bazaar at Jalan Masjid India (Indian Mosque Street), where you can shop for all sorts of Indian clothing, Malay scarves, jewelry, and fabrics of every color and kind.

Going through the Bazaar at Jalan Masjid India

Going through the Bazaar at Jalan Masjid India

*All shopping

Enjoying the choices–That’s what Malaysia is all about!

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