Some call it The Land of Beautiful Islands, others call it the Food Paradise. Regardless of what you call it though, Malaysia is truly Asia’s hidden gem. There’s always good food, beautiful scenery, and rich culture at every corner of the country.

But, as Malaysians, how well do you think you know your country? As we celebrated the country’s 60th Independence Day on 31st August, we present you 15 fascinating facts about Malaysia that you probably didn’t know:

1. The Jalur Gemilang AKA the Malaysian flag was actually designed by an architect.

Mohamad Hamzah, 29-year-old Public Works Department architect created it in 1963 when he won the contest that was held to design a new flag after the Federation of Malaya replaced the much-hated Malayan Union.