Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

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Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has significance as the site of the formal declaration of independence of the Federation of Malaya on 31 August 1957 and the first modern building of the new nation. The stadium was the principal venue in Kuala Lumpur for celebrations and sporting events until 1962 when the Stadium Negara was built. In 2008, the Stadium Merdeka received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Excellence for Heritage Conservation owing to its cultural significance and embodiment of a unique independence declaration event.
Stadium Merdeka was constructed from 25 September 1956 to 21 August 1957, and was designed by architect Stanley Edward Jewkes. It is the site of one of Malaysia's most historically significant events. On 31 August 1957, power was transferred from the British Empire to the newly independent Malayan government. Tens of thousands of people crowded into the stadium, which was built specifically for this occasion.
The stadium served as the principal venue in Kuala Lumpur for celebrations and sporting events until the mid-1990s, when the Bukit Jalil National Stadium was built.
The stadium and its land were given to a private company which had intended to redevelop the land into a RM1 billion entertainment and office complex. In exchange, the company was required to build seven other stadiums in other locations. However, the company did not proceed with the redevelopment due to public outcry and the company's financial difficulties due to the late 1990s Asian economic crisis.
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  • The old stadium in historical places of the era of independence for Malaysia. Has been used for major events.
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  • Excellent Location. The Stadium was also fine. But the toilets were in poor condition. It was an event & must be better prepared  more »
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  • It's an iconic place but sorely in need of the upgrade that is currently being done. Some fascinating history and photos nicely displayed. Played a friendly football match here but was surprised by the slightly long, thick cow-grass. Even more surprised not to find showers in the changing rooms!
  • It was a outstanding performance of Bon Jovi, the great musician.
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