Merdeka Square Heritage Guided Tour

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Registration at KL City Gallery
No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur 50050

The free guided tour, an initiative of KL City Hall, is conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm. This is a walking tour in which the English speaking guide takes you to 12 heritage buildings around Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka), describing the history and architecture of each building and the interesting stories that happened around them. The buildings are of European styles and most of them are more than 100 years old.

1. Government Printing Press


The tour starts at KL City Gallery. This building was previously used as the government printing office. Now, it is managed by the ARCH group which transforms this building into an information centre that house the biggest KL city scale model.

2. Kuala Lumpur City Library

This public library has an auditorium, conference area and multi-purpose hall. There are a collection of 50,000 books here.

3. The Padang

This is where the flag of Federation of Malaya raised for the first time on 31st August 1957. Currently, the Padang is undergoing upgrading work.

4. Queen Victoria Fountain

With more than 100 years old, Victoria Fountain was brought in from England during the Bristish occupation time.

5. The Chartered Bank

Formerly a Chartered Bank, this three-storey building depicts Moghul architecture eloquently. The building is now run by Warisan, a restaurant serving local food for lunch and dinner.

6. Federated Railway Station

The alternate red bricks and white plaster bands design is common during the early 20th century. This building is now converted to the National Textile Museum. The tour guide will bring you in and tell you more about the Malaysian fashion culture.

7. Sultan Abdul Samad Building


Built in 1897 and span across 137.2m, Sultan Abdul Samad is the most prominent building right opposite the padang. The 41m high clock tower, arched colonnades and copper domes are of the Moghul style.

8. Birth Place of KL

Kuala Lumpur literally means “confluence of muddy river”. The picture above shows the two rivers that is the origin of how KL is named. The river on the right is called Gombak River while on the left is Klang River.

9. Former High Court Building

Currently used by the Ministry of Tourist and Culture, this building has a Moorish exterior with four domed towers.

10. Old City Hall

This building has a domed shape pavilion. The theatre, one of the oldest in Malaysia is still in operation.

11. The Cathedral of St Mary

This is one of the oldest Anglican churches in Southeast Asia. The church was designed by A.C. Norman based on Early English Gothic architecture.

12. Royal Selangor Club

The Selangor Club was founded in 1884 for members with high social status. Those who register under this heritage tour get the exclusive privilege to enter the premises.

Is the tour worth it?

This is a heritage tour and you’ll be bombarded with a lot of information regarding the history and culture of Kuala Lumpur. To some, this info is kind of boring but it will give you a good overview about the city. What’s more, the tour is conducted by an experienced guide and is free of charge.

How to register for the tour?

The tour is free of charge and you can register at the counter inside the KL City Gallery (the starting point) or call +603-2698-3333. In many cases when the group size is not big, you can register to join right before the tour starts.

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