Merdeka Square

The large grassy field of Merdeka Square was originally the cricket field of the Selangor Club, the very out of place Tudor building facing the field (see below). It was here on 31 August in 1957 that the British Union Jack was lowered for the last time and the new Malaysian national flag was raised for the first time. The official Malaysian name for the field, Dataram Merdeka, literally translates to "Independence Square" and it's hear each year that Malaysia's independence is celebrated each year. The field is dominated by the flagpole flying the Malaysian flag, one of the tallest single flagpoles in the world.

Royal Selangor Clubhouse
The clubhouse of the Royal Selangor Club

The Selangor Club became the Royal Selangor Club. It was founded in 1884 and still plays host to cricket matches, as well as other sporting activities.