International Undergraduate Program Department of Economic Education (IUP DEE) successfully organized International Project 2018 to Malaysia. The international project in Malaysia was held on July 24th until July 27th, 2018. It was an extraordinary opportunity for us, IUP DEE students to add to our experience and insights. There were various educational spots and tourist destinations that have been visited. Starting from a visit to Genting Highland, Smart class education at Sultan Idris Educational University, Twin Tower Petronas, Indonesian Embassy (Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia), Istana Negara, Dataran Merdeka history tour and Batu Cave cultural tour. Dataran Merdeka is a well known tourist destination for tourists who visit Malaysia because of its strategic location and easy to reach it also has high historical tourist values. This place is a vast expanse of land with the highest flag pole in Southeast Asia. The free plains were the center of government during the British occupation, so it is not surprising that many old buildings constructed in Europe an style are still well preserved. One of the interesting places to visit that is Merdeka Malaysia Dataran.
The free terrain became the first place to flag Malaysia’s independent day on August 31, 1957. So, when you visit here on 31 August, you will see the independence parade being held here. In the Merdeka Square area there are many historic buildings. Like, Sultan Abdul Samad Building which is the office of the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Malaysia. There is also a famous Royal Selangor Complex.This place was built in 1884, so its age is more than two hundreds years. Architectural Complex Club Royal Selangor have an elegant Art Deco touch. Formerly, this building was a meeting place community of high-end British colonial people.
In the south there is the National History Museum of Malaysia which stores a wide range of historical collections. But now the collections are no longer there but it has been mored the State Museum. So if you visit there in the near future, you will not be able to see the collections but at least you can see history of Kuala Lumpur in the form of a miniature model at the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery located adjacent to the National History Museum.
In the north you will find the Angelica Cathedral of Santa Maria which again is a proof of the heritage of the English. Pengekasikan Merdeka Square area will make you fall asleep with the rows of old buildings. No wonder if this area is visited by many tourists.
Not far from Dataran Merdeka, there is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur that is Jamek Mosque which you can find. The mosque is located between the Klang River and Gombak River. The mosque was built in 1909. Before the National mosque was built in 1965, this mosque was used as the main mosque. In addition to provide an atmosphere of elegant old town history, free plains provide a variety of photo spots for photographers to be able to express thei hobbies in the background Dataran Merdeka and various treats of old buildings elegant European architecture. On the Merdeka plain there is also a photo spot that became iconic photography that background reads “I Love KL” which became the best-selling photo spot hunted by tourists.A visit to the Merdeka Square was an amazing experience that we experienced. It is an honor for us to visit the historic areas of Malaysia and to experience the happiness in the pride of the Malaysian people and to witness the grand splendor of European and elegant architecture buildings. Dataran Merdeka indeed has a stretch of elegant old buildings and can spoil the eyes that become the pride of the country and the world.
(Revita, Fitri, Yusup, Nisa, Afri, Sholeha, & Bunga/ IUPians 2016)