Merdeka Day or Independence Day (31st August) is less than a week away. Besides getting to enjoy another public holiday (yay!), some are also taking a few days off to enjoy a long weekend. After all, wanderlusters have been going on their revenge travel (it’s legit a thing, Google it).
However, if you’re in the Klang Valley and haven’t made plans yet, we’d highly recommend immersing yourselves in some Malaysian activities. Whether it’s shopping at a local boutique store or bond over local cuisines, here is a list of ways you can celebrate Merdeka Day and Raikan Kebanggaan Negaraku at Pavilion Bukit Jalil.
Raikan Kebanggaan Buatan Malaysia
This Merdeka, shop local and support your fellow Malaysian entrepreneurs and be surprised by some of the gems you can find at your nearest local store!
duluKINI for example, takes inspiration from the Malaysia of yesteryears (dulu) and of today (KINI), to create and curate its exclusive range of Malaysian-inspired, Malaysian-designed, Malaysian-made merchandise. Step into the store and you’ll find yourself surrounded by uniquely Malaysian products that will invoke fond memories. Whether you’re looking for a beautifully woven batik bag for an exquisite evening out, rattan furniture to spruce up your home, childhood games like gasing and sepak takraw, or even beautiful tiffins and dishes for gift sets, duluKINI has it all and will leave you spoilt for choice.
- duluKINI: Level 2, Pink Zone, Pavilion Bukit Jalil
Raikan Kebanggaan Rasa Malaysia
No Merdeka recommendation list can be complete without food, so here are some super sedap Malaysian dishes for you to cuba sikit while you’re out for your public holiday.
Stop by Seniman and enjoy some flavourful keropok lekor, have some nasi lemak at Bungkus Kaw Kaw, visit Sedap by Grandmama’s or Madam Kwan’s for some yummy local favourites and wash it all down with something sweet like the Cendol Blast Ice Cream Milkshake from Baskin Robbins or famous Kwong Wah Ais Kacang (their cendol and Ais Kacang are absolute must-haves).
Don’t miss this chance to savour more of Malaysia’s best snacks with Teh Tarik Place ‘Malaysiaku Specials’ from 29 August – 18 September 2022 – highlighting limited-edition Otak-Otak Ikan, Satay, Pandan Seafood, Pandan Chicken, Pepes Ikan & more. Bring your loved ones over and celebrate the many delectable tastes of Malaysia today!
Raikan Kebanggaan Seni & Budaya
Malaysia is blessed to be so rich in talent and cultural diversity. It is one of our greatest strengths as a nation, and what better time to celebrate our art and culture than during Merdeka? Get a real-life feel of the events in our Sejarah textbooks with the Portrait of Heroes Art Showcase painted by students from Inti University & Colleges (from 12 August – 18 September) that aims to bring to life some of our real life Malaysian heroes in iconic moments.
- Location: Level 2, Pink Zone
Raikan Kebanggaan Negara
It wasn’t too long ago that the Proton Saga was an icon on Malaysian roads. Our first national car brand, Proton was a pioneer in making affordable local cars for Malaysians. While we’re all familiar with the classic Proton Saga, the Proton X50 has recently become a crowd favourite.
If you’re looking to join in on a display of Malaysian pride, Pavilion Bukit Jalil will be hosting a Merdeka Proton Cars Club gathering on the 27th of August, where 140 members of the club will showcase 72 Proton X50 cars with Merdeka-themed décor. Bring along your Jalur Gemilang and show some semangat for Malaysia, ok?
- Location: PIAZZA, Level 3