Just opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is DATARAN MERDEKA (Independence Square) formerly known as the Selangor Club field before being upgraded and renamed to its present status.

the royal selangor club
Every August 31, the Merdeka Day Parade are normally held here. Apart from the parade, Dataran Merdeka is also the popular venue for various events such as open-air concerts, carnivals and starting / finishing point for marathons. In fact, this square was the starting line of The Amazing Race Asia 1.

Located at the southern end of the square, is a 95-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world.

the 100-meter high flagpole
Aside from Sultan Abdul Samad building, the square is surrounded with many buildings of historical interest including the Royal Selangor Club Complex which is situated on one corner of the square, the National History Museum, the Memorial library and the St. Mary's Anglican cathedral.

St. Mary's Cathedral, a neo-gothic church of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia is more than a hundred years old. The church was left out by the British when they were in the city.

In response to the growing congregation and increased outreach activities, a multi-purpose hall, a Lady chapel and office accommodation were added to the church in 1969 and in 1983, St. Mary's was elevated to Cathedral status.

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