Merdeka square (Dataran Merdeka in Malay, meaning independence square) was formerly known as the Padang and used as the cricket green of the Selangor Club. Next to it are a number of interesting buildings such as the Sultan Abdul Samad building. Completed in 1897 in Moorish style it now houses the Ministry of Heritage, Culture and Arts. Near Merdeka square lies the museum of Islamic arts.
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