Merdeka Square is the old colonial quarter in KL and the area that best retained its historic character. The square is an eclectic mix of architecture and is home to almost all of the city's Moorish-style buildings. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the earliest of the Moorish influence with a 40m high clock tower and a two-story gray and red brick façade. Its 95m flagpole is supposedly the tallest in the world. This area is also home to the English cricket ground which is where Malaysia's first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, declared merdeka (independence) on August 31, 1957. To the west is the British Royal Selangor Club whose dining room, the Hash House, lent its name to the original Hash House Harriers running club.
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