7 Places to Embrace Malaysia's Patriotic Spirit for Merdeka Day

Get ready to experience Malaysia's rich history and vibrant energy as the country celebrates Merdeka Day on August 31st and Malaysia Day on September 16th. These events are perfect for exploring Malaysia's heritage. Here are seven must-visit spots that showcase the nation's pride and legacy:


1. Tugu Negara 

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The Tugu Negara, located in Kuala Lumpur, is a national monument honoring those who died in Malaysia's fight for freedom. It primarily commemorates those who fought against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960.

Address: Perdana Botanical Garden, Jln Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open Hours: 7.00am -  6.00pm


2. Proclamation of Independence Memorial

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The Declaration of Independence Memorial in Malacca, opened on August 31, 1985, honors Malaysia's freedom fighters. Visitors can see historical documents, photos, official attire, traditional keris daggers, and ballot boxes. Exhibits cover key topics like Malay Sovereignty, the fight against colonial rule, and the path to independence. Outside, find cars from the 1957 Independence Day parade and armored cars from the Emergency period. The building, a blend of local and British architecture, was once the Malacca Club.

Don’t miss the keris used by Tunku Abdul Rahman during the independence declaration!

Address: Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan, Jln Parameswara, Banda Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

Open Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm


3. Independence Obelisk Stone

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The obelisk marks the spot where HG Hamment, the last British Resident Commissioner of Melaka, handed over the instrument of independence to the state's first governor, Tun Leong Yew Koh, on August 31, 1957. It also commemorates where British Commissioner HG Hammett handed over the Instrument of Independence while the proclamation of independence was read by Malacca's first chief minister, Datuk Kurnia Jasa Osman Talib.

Address: Banda Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

Open 24 Hours


4. Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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The Sultan Abdul Samad Building, a historic landmark in Kuala Lumpur, features Moorish-style architecture designed by AC Norman. Built in 1897, it boasts red brick construction, tall arches, colonnades, domes, and a 41.2-meter clock tower reminiscent of Big Ben. It played a pivotal role in Malaysia's declaration of independence on August 31, 1957, and hosts annual Independence Day parades.

Address: Jln Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open 24 Hours


5. Islamic Arts Museum

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The Islamic Arts Museum is Southeast Asia’s largest Islamic museum, renowned for its diverse galleries. It showcases a wide range of exhibits, from Quranic manuscripts to coin collections. One of its standout features is a remarkable collection of ancient Islamic glassware.

Address: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open Hours: 9.30am - 6.00pm


6. Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery

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Explore the world of Malaysian finance and culture at the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery. This engaging destination features six permanent galleries showcasing the country's economic journey, the central bank's role in its development, and the evolution of Islamic finance. Marvel at historical numismatic treasures and a dynamic collection of Malaysian and Southeast Asian art. Best of all, admission is FREE for all visitors, local and international alike.

Address: Sasana Kijang, 2, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open Hours: 10.00am - 5.00pm


7. Pasir Salak Historical Complex

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This complex was opened by DYMM Pemangku Raja Perak, Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah on May 26, 1990, and fully inaugurated by DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah on July 5, 2004. Its original concept serves as a historical record commemorating the significance of the bloody events at Pasir Salak, regarded as the foundation of Malaysia's parliamentary democracy. Historical events are vividly portrayed in the History Tunnel using diorama techniques, presenting a three-dimensional exhibition. Each pivotal event and episode in the nation's history, along with its developments, is meticulously arranged and presented chronologically.

Address: Kompleks Sejarah, 36800 Kampung Gajah, Perak, Malaysia

Open Hours: 9.30am - 5.00pm


Wrap Up

These seven places provide an insight, into Malaysia's path to independence and national pride. Each location embodies an aspect of Malaysia's history, culture, and heritage. A visit to these sites will enhance your understanding of the country's past and also evoke a sense of patriotism during the Merdeka festivities.

For an enriching experience, at these sites and a smooth journey consider renting a car from WAHDAH. You can explore Malaysia at your leisure maximizing your enjoyment of Merdeka and Malaysia Day celebrations. 


Writer: Anatashia Nuraini S.

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