Tourists praise Dataran’s heritage walk


  • Nation
  • Monday, 17 Dec 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The free-of-charge Dataran Merdeka Heritage Walk, complemented with professional tour guides, is a big hit with foreign tourists.

Tourists described the heritage walk as interesting and spectacular.

It is jointly organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Development Council.

Vladimir, a first-time tourist from Russia, was “extremely delighted” to experience such an interesting tour.

“I think this is the most spectacular guided tour that I have been on. It was very interesting as not only were we exposed to the different functions of the historical buildings, we were also taken on a tour to see their magnificent architecture.

“I recommend this programme to everyone,” the 37-year-old said.

Italian tourist Giovanni, 27, on his maiden visit here, described the heritage walk as a good activity since most tourists did not know much about the historical aspect of Dataran Merdeka, which was the focal point for the British Administration before the country’s independence.

The two-and-a-half hour tour which kicked off at 9.30am on Saturday, covered 11 heritage sites in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka which includes the Sultan Abdul Samad Building built in 1894, former High Court Building (1909), Federated Malay States Railway Station (1905) and the old City Hall (1896).

It also covered the Government Printing Office (1898), Chartered Bank (1919), St Mary Cathedral (1895) and Royal Selangor Club (1884). — Bernama

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