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Trail 4: Tales of Dataran Merdeka

Published on : April 15, 2024
10 March, Sunday: Tales of Dataran Merdeka Tales of Dataran Merdeka walk on 10 March Sunday was memorable when our group stepped onto the grounds of the most majestic and historical buildings, symbols of Kuala Lumpur city. From the Textile Museum our excited group of “culture vultures” set off towards the viewing deck of Masjid Jamek. Beside this magical site, a stroll along a well-shaded path along the river led us to various bridges around Masjid Jamek. From here we made our way towards St Mary’s Cathedral with gothic style architecture built by a British Architect, A.C. Norman in 1894. Across the cathedral, the British built the Royal Selangor Club in 1884 in Tudor style architecture as a social club for the British residing in Selangor at that time. Built in 1910 of old Moorish style architecture, the first government printing company housed the KL City Gallery, a tourist hub and info centre about history of Kuala Lumpur and a food and shopping hub for souvenirs, books and artefacts. Sad to know that, on 10 March it was the last day of their business. Our walk ended at the Textile Museum, designed by A.B. Hubback of Moorish Architecture style in 1905. It was built to house the HQ for the FMS (Federal Malay States Railways). Relics of the railway yard fence can still be seen today infront of AgroBank Berhad.