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5 interesting outings to do this August besides Merdeka Day Parade

5 interesting outings to do this August besides Merdeka Day Parade

Kirat Kaur

Hello fellow Malaysians, feeling the patriotic spirit of
Merdeka month yet?

(We’re gonna assume you said yes.)

Bored of the Merdeka Day parade, but you just wanna
do SOMETHING besides zoning out in front of the computer?

Chill bro, we gotchu.

Here’s TRP’s list of 5 interesting outings you can do this August (besides the Merdeka Day Parade):

1. Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Wanna know what happened in the years before Malaya’s independence from British rule?

Then, head on to the Proclamation of Independence Memorial at Padang Pahlawan in Malacca.

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The two-storey Dutch colonial mansion is home to a treasure trove of history with precious documents that range from the Malacca Malay Sultanate right up to the eve of independence in 1957.

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Inside, there’s exhibits of historical photographs,
dioramas, manuscripts, old currency, slide shows and films that narrate
Malaysia’s fight for independence in chronological order.

Picture Credit: New Straits Times

It’s even got the table that Tunku Abdul Rahman used during
the declaration of Merdeka!

FYI, admission is FREE.

2. Merdeka Obelisk

Picture Credit: Tourism Malaysia

Yes, we’re as surprised as you that there’s a Merdeka

No, it’s got nothing to do with Illuminati.

Apparently, it’s one of the most significant monuments of our country’s independence- marking the spot where the last British resident commissioner of Malacca handed over the instrument of independence to Tun Leong Yew Koh, Malacca’s first local governor on 31st August 1957.

Tun Leong Yew Koh
Picture Credit: Orang

This spot is also where Tunku Abdul Rahman first announced
the date of Independence after he returned from London in February 20 1956.

Tunku Abdul Rahman with Alan Lennox-Boyd during the Federation of Malaya Independence Treaty Signing Ceremony.
Picture Credit: Arkib Negara

The Merdeka Obelisik is also at Padang Pahlawan in Malacca and features the letter “M” (for Merdeka) in the middle of an 11-point star.

Picture Credit: New Straits Times

3. Army Museum aka Muzium Tentera Darat

Here’s a 2-in-1 deal, chill on the beaches of Port Dickson AND get acquainted with the nation’s past warriors.

Malaysia’s biggest army museum, Muzium Tentera Darat, lies about 7 kilometres away from PD town, filled with artifacts and historical replicas from Portuguese times ‘til independence.

In the museum, you’ll learn of many local fighters and warriors who battled bravely during the Japanese occupation and even modern day heroes.

Picture Credit: Tourism Malaysia

For example, the brave soldiers of the Malaysian Army who rescued American soldiers during the Battle of Mogadishu, which later went on to be the basis of Hollywood’s Black Hawk Down movie.

The crew of Super 64 a month before the Battle of Mogadishu.
Picture Credit: War History Online

4. Tugu Negara

Picture Credit: Tourism Malaysia

Alright, we’ll admit this is a little cliché but how many of us ACTUALLY appreciated Tugu Negara during our school trips all those years ago?

Located on Jalan Tugu, this imposing monument was built to commemorate those who lost their lives defending the country during World War 2 and the 12-year Malayan emergency.

Picture Credit: leeminhkhai.wordpress

It’s estimated that the nation lost almost 11,000 civilians
and security forces during these troubled times.

The 15-metre bronze sculpture depicts 7 soldiers with one
victorious fighter holding the Jalur Gemilang up high. FYI, Tugu Negara is also
the biggest freestanding bronze sculpture in the world!

Picture Credit: Trip Advisor

It’s also right next to the Perdana Botanical Gardens, so
you can hop over and enjoy one of the oldest and biggest parks in Kuala Lumpur!

5. Sing in the Park!

Yes, make your Sound of Music dreams come true by joining The Philharmonic Society of Selangor for a sing-along in the lush foliage of Taman Tugu Nursery!

On a bright Sunday morning, you’ll get to sing along with music lovers (and experts) to favourite tunes, building up to Merdeka Day.

This Singing in the Park Edisi Merdeka takes place on 18th August, from 10.00am and 11.00 am.

It’s entirely FREE! All you need to bring is a
bottle of water and a sunny smile 😊

The Philharmonic Society of Selangor regularly hosts Singing in the Park, you can check out future sessions on their Facebook page.

There you go folks! Hope you have a little more patriotic fun
this August with a little help from our list.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to share with us on TRP’s Facebook, Twitter,orInstagram!

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