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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) Tours

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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)
A large grassy expanse in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is where Malaysia declared independence in 1957: The word “merdeka” means “independent” or “free.” The city’s best-known historic landmark, the square is home to structures including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, museums, and a cathedral.

The Basics
There is no charge to visit Merdeka Square and no need for a guide: Many visitors arrive here naturally as part of exploring downtown. However, it’s a rare Kuala Lumpur city tour that doesn’t include a stop at Merdeka Square and an overview of some of the signature sights, and time-pressed travelers often prefer the convenience of a tour to piecing together the city on foot. Some travelers come here just to visit the Textile Museum or the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Merdeka Square is a must for history fans.
  • Thanks to its location in the heart of town, Merdeka Square hosts everything from rock concerts to exhibitions.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen if you’re planning to hang out on the grass.
  • Merdeka Square is flat and wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Merdeka Square is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur, roughly halfway between Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek LRT stations. It’s a short walk from Masjid Jamek and around 15 minutes’ stroll from Chinatown for those exploring on foot, while the riverfront lies just behind the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

When to Get There
Merdeka Square is always open and particularly attractive at night, when the arched frontage of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is lighted; the square gets especially lively on weekend nights. As the spot where Malaysia first declared its independence, it often hosts Independence Day parades and celebrations on August 31.

“Merdeka”: Malaysian Independence
In 1957, the nation now known as Malaysia was a British colony known as Malaya, and Merdeka Square was known as the Padang, or Parade Ground, and used for sports as well as parades. It took its current name after Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, declared independence here in the small hours of August 31, 1957.
Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Skip The Line Petronas Twin Towers Admission Ticket with Free City TourAttraction Tickets

Skip The Line Petronas Twin Towers Admission Ticket with Free City Tour

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Visit Kuala Lumpur highlights on a half-day tour that includes access to the Petronas Twin Towers’ Skybridge and Viewing Deck. Starting at the Petronas Twin Towers is the chance to orient yourself; get panoramic views from high above the city streets before you continue to the Kuala Lumpur National Monument, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Masjid Jamek, and Independence Square, which are some of the city’s top attractions.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City TourHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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Experience the unique blend of modern, historic, secular, and religious sights found in Kuala Lumpur during this half-day sightseeing tour. Explore iconic landmarks like the sky-high Petronas Towers, see the country’s National Mosque and explore the exquisite architecture of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, plus much more. Upgrade to explore the city on a private tour sith a private driver.
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Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck and Batu CavesDay Trips

Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck and Batu Caves

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Get a bird’s-eye view over Kuala Lumpur from the Observation Deck of the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers. Private transport with a professional driver lets you sightsee around the city as well as to Batu Caves. Visit sites of historical value such as Merdeka Square (Independence Square) and the National Mosque, and shop at Central Market or the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Then head to Batu Caves and climb the 272 steps to its Hindu shrine.
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Day Trip from Port Klang : Kuala Lumpur Famous Landmarks with LunchDay Trips

Day Trip from Port Klang : Kuala Lumpur Famous Landmarks with Lunch

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This day tour is designed especially for cruise ship passengers, and is ideal for travelers staying in Kuala Lumpur for a short time. Be picked up directly from the Port Klang Cruise Terminal so you don’t waste a sightseeing minute. Visit the must-see highlights of the city, including the Petronas Twin Towers, the Batu Caves temple, a batik factory and much more, to learn about Malaysia’s traditional and contemporary culture.
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Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour ExperienceHalf-day Tours

Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience

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The objective of the walking tour experience is for guests to understand, enjoy and absorb the sights, food and culture Kuala Lumpur has to offer. This walking tour is different in the sense that facts and knowledge from a local’s perspective will provide a more insightful understanding about Malaysia in general, and the city of Kuala Lumpur, specifically. Be it about demography, politics, culture, history or anything under the sun, guests are able to observe and understand what makes Kuala Lumpur unique, with all its beauty and flaws. Note: Morning session's route differ from afternoon session. Route 1-6 (morning session); Route 1-3 & 7-10 (afternoon session).
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Full Day Kuala Lumpur Experience with 20 AttractionsDay Trips

Full Day Kuala Lumpur Experience with 20 Attractions

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See the best of Kuala Lumpur in a comfortable and easy going way. Malaysia’s capital and largest city. This full-day itinerary covers all the highlights, starting with Independence Square. Travel with a small group by air-conditioned vehicle to view the Petronas Twin Towers, Old Railway Station, and Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara). Explore Batu Caves and end with shopping opportunities at the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and a batik center. Discover Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions on a full-day sightseeing tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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KL Hop On Hop Off Bus PassDay Trips

KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass

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See Kuala Lumpur's best sights and attractions with one pass that lets you visit each one at your own pace. This KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass allows you to get on the hop on, hop off bus for 24 or 48 hours, and ride it as it stops at some of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, such as Aquaria, Karyaneka, Chinatown, the dazzling Central Market, Little India, The National Museum, Bird Park and so much more. You get to choose where you want to stop and explore by simply hopping off the bus when you've reached your desired area. And then, after you're done exploring, just hop back onto the next bus that arrives and continue on your sightseeing journey. You can get a pass for one or two days of exploration, so you can make sure you choose a schedule that fits your needs best. It's one of the best ways to get around Kuala Lumpur to see the sights!
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge, KL Tower, and Kuala Lumpur City TourBus Tours

Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge, KL Tower, and Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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See Kuala Lumpur's biggest attractions on this half-day city tour that includes trips up the Petronas Twin Towers and Menara Kuala Lumpur (aka KL Tower) for sky-high views. Other sights you'll see include the National Museum and historical buildings like the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Includes admission fees, transportation and hotel pickup and drop-off, and a choice between a morning or afternoon departure.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Batu Caves & Kuala Lumpur Full-Day 20 Attractions City Tour (8Hrs)Day Trips

Batu Caves & Kuala Lumpur Full-Day 20 Attractions City Tour (8Hrs)

Depart from your hotel with your English-speaking driver and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle into the city. Pass between the older and newer sections of the city and learn about its history. Visit King Palace, the National Monument, the National Mosque, the Old Railway Station, Independence Square, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petronas Twin Towers and more.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by NightHalf-day Tours

Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night

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See the illuminated sights of Kuala Lumpur at night on this 3-hour sightseeing tour that showcases Malaysia’s top attraction after the sun sets. - Visit the famous Petaling Street night market in Chinatown. - See the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. - Visit one of the world´s top 10 waterfront districts - Admire the unforgettable moment at KLCC fountain show - Experiencing the diverse range of hawker stalls & cuisines - Energy of the bustling nightlife of central Kuala Lumpur - Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Half-Day Kuala Lumpur (15 Attractions) City Tour (3.5Hrs)Half-day Tours

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur (15 Attractions) City Tour (3.5Hrs)

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Kuala Lumpur city is further furnished by its interesting architecture, prominent landmarks and unique building. Admire landmarks including the National Palace, the National Monument, and the National Mosque; enjoy views of the Lake Garden see the Petronas Twin Towers, and walk around the grand Independence Square. Hassle-free pickup and drop-off at your Kuala Lumpur hotel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Kuala Lumpur PRIVATE TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Kuala Lumpur PRIVATE Tour

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Discover the multicultural hub of Kuala Lumpur on a private half-day tour. Discover hidden gems in Chinatown and visit iconic landmarks like the Railway Station and Petronas Twin Towers. Hear local stories from your personal guide and taste delicious food along the way. Then enjoy lunch (own expense) and a Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Kickstart Tour: Intro to Kuala LumpurPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Kickstart Tour: Intro to Kuala Lumpur

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After a long flight and the ride in from the airport, bustling downtown Kuala Lumpur can be a confronting experience. Take this short private tour for a Kuala Lumpur crash course. Learn about the main attractions in the central city, visit some local favorites and plan out the rest of your day. Your guide explains how to get around the city with ease and where to look for local food and unique gifts.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Full Day Kuala Lumpur Experience with 20 AttractionsDay Trips

Full Day Kuala Lumpur Experience with 20 Attractions

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See the best of Kuala Lumpur in a comfortable and easy going way. Malaysia’s capital and largest city. This full-day itinerary covers all the highlights, starting with Independence Square. Travel with a small group by air-conditioned vehicle to view the Petronas Twin Towers, Old Railway Station, and Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara). Explore Batu Caves and end with shopping opportunities at the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and a batik center. Discover Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions on a full-day sightseeing tour.
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  • 7 hours 8 minutes
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  • 7 hours 8 minutes
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Private Tour : Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Famous LandmarksBus Tours

Private Tour : Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Famous Landmarks

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See Kuala Lumpur highlights on a private tour that includes Istana Negara, Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and much more. For travelers with limited time, or those who simply want to get their bearings in Kuala Lumpur’s bustling center, this private tour is a personalized introduction to local history, culture, and religion, covering top destinations in just half a day of exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Guided Kuala Lumpur Day Trip With Skip-the-Line Petronas Twin TowersDay Trips

Private Guided Kuala Lumpur Day Trip With Skip-the-Line Petronas Twin Towers

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Discover Kuala Lumpur with a personal guide on a full-day tour of the city’s top sites, from Petronas Twin Towers to the shrines at Batu Caves. Climb into cave temples with great views, soar to the Petronas Twin Towers’ observation deck, tour the National Museum and downtown sites, and more. Traveling through the city with a private driver makes this a convenient way to explore, with skip-the-line admission to the towers and round-trip transport from hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.
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  • 8 hours
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Kuala Lumpur Heritage TrailWalking Tours

Kuala Lumpur Heritage Trail

This trail will take a duration of 2.5 hours with the starting point at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Dataran Merdeka. There are 11 historical sites that you will discover on this guided tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Kuala Lumpur Photographic Tour With Petronas Twin Towers Half-day Tours

Private Kuala Lumpur Photographic Tour With Petronas Twin Towers

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Amateur and professional photographers receive personalized attention on this private half-day tour of Kuala Lumpur. Focus your camera lens over a panorama of the city skyline from two iconic spots: Kuala Lumpur Tower and the Observation Deck and Skybridge at Petronas Twin Towers. Frame the perfect up-close photo at Thean Hou Temple, Merdeka Square, the Old Railway Station and more as you sightsee with your driver. Admission tickets included.
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  • 6 hours
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Kuala Lumpur 16 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Entrance & LunchBus Tours

Kuala Lumpur 16 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Entrance & Lunch

Discover the best that Kuala Lumpur has to offer during this full-day private tour include Petronas Twin Towers Tickets. Get a bird’s-eye view over Kuala Lumpur from the Observation Deck of the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers. Visit the city’s key landmarks such as the famous Kuala Lumpur Tower, King’s Palace, the National Mosque as well as Batu Caves. Learn about Malaysia’s rich history from its years of colonial occupation by the Portuguese, Dutch, and English to its present-day independence. Enjoy a Indian/Chinese/Malay set local lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Kuala Lumpur Night TourBus Tours

Kuala Lumpur Night Tour

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# See the illuminated sights of Kuala Lumpur at night on this 3-hour sightseeing tour that showcases Malaysia’s top attraction after the sun sets. • Visit the famous Petaling Street night market in Chinatown. • See the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. • Visit one of the world´s top 10 waterfront districts • Admire the unforgettable moment at KLCC fountain show • Experiencing the diverse range of hawker stalls & cuisines • Energy of the bustling nightlife of central Kuala Lumpur • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Private Kuala Lumpur Night Market And Food Tour Dining Experiences

Private Kuala Lumpur Night Market And Food Tour

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Visit the bustling heart of Kuala Lumpur on a private sightseeing and shopping tour that explores Independence (Merdeka) Square, Central Market, and Petaling Street, with a buffet dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip hotel transfers and the personal experience of a private guide, with plenty of time to shop and explore the things that interest you. With cooler temperatures and a laid-back atmosphere, evening is the perfect time to experience Kuala Lumpur like a local.
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Aquaria KLCC Admission Ticket with Free Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Aquaria KLCC is a huge aquarium in the center of Kuala Lumpur, stretching across two levels of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Skip the lines for this popular, family-friendly destination and dive straight into your visit (metaphorically-speaking) on this half-day tour, seeing sharks, turtles, otters, tropical fish and all sorts of other critters from land and sea. Afterward, visit several of Kuala Lumpur’s historical and cultural landmarks on a free, fully-chauffeured tour around the city.
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Kuala Lumpur City & Kuala Selangor Firefly Tour including The River of LifeDay Trips

Kuala Lumpur City & Kuala Selangor Firefly Tour including The River of Life

Zip around Kuala Lumpur's most iconic landmarks with an experienced driver. Visit the King's Palace, gaze up at the Petronas Twin Towers, see the National Mosque, and enjoy ample photo opportunities of sights like Independence Square. And then escape the busy city life of Kuala Lumpur with your trip to the hamlet town of Kuala Selangor. Enjoy the boat ride along the river banks of Firefly Park to catch the colonies of fireflies producing magnificent twinkling lights with dinner at a local seafood restaurant. Complete your evening with a visit to The River of Life Kuala Lumpur, listed as one of the world’s top 10 Waterfront Districts by The Independent, UK. Enjoy the stunning visual experience of Dancing Symphony Fountain, Blue Corridor, fog and lighting effects.
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Kuala Lumpur Grand Tour with LunchDay Trips

Kuala Lumpur Grand Tour with Lunch

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This full-day Kuala Lumpur sightseeing tour showcases the best of the city. Experience the energy of Independence Square, revel at the height of the Petronas Twin Towers, wander the halls of the National Museum and sample traditional fare during lunch at a local restaurant. Explore the streets of Little India and the stalls of the local craft center before enjoying a guided tour of Batu Caves Hindu temple—one of the city’s architectural masterpieces!
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Kuala Lumpur City Highlights TourHalf-day Tours

Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour

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See the best of Kuala Lumpur on this morning or afternoon city highlights tour that showcases top landmarks, attractions, and sites. See where Old World meets New World as you follow your guide to the King's Palace and Merdeka Square. Make stops at the National Museum, National Mosque, and other key destinations. This tour includes round-trip hotel transportation and guarantees a good time!
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) costs USD 64.80. Guided Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tours start around USD 64.80 per person. See all 334 Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tickets and tours on Viator.
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