Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's  Dazzling  Capital  City





Brief Background


Kuala Lumpur is one of the three Wilayah Persekutuan or Federal Territory of Malaysia.


Places of Interest


Kuala Lumpur or KL is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. Here, one can experience modern sophistication and nostalgic old-world charm in a single destination. Immerse yourself in its abundance of attractions – fascination places of interest, exciting theme parks and sensational shopping opportunities. The city boasts a comprehensive transportation network that makes your sightseeing experience pleasant and hassle-free. KL offers a wide range of accommodation to suit any preference and budget. There are international standard hotels and resorts equipped with MICE facilities, as well as budget accommodation. Serviced apartments and youth hostels are available for long-staying guests. Major hotels are situated close to shopping malls and convention centres. Enjoy a profusion of mouth watering delicacies, from local fare to international cuisine.


Petronas Twin Towers stands majestically at a height of 451.9 m is gleaming structure of steel and glass and is the tallest twin buildings in the world. Visit the famous skybridge on the 41st floor to view the city from a dizzying height.


KL Tower is the world’s fourth tallest telecommunication tower. It is 421 m in height with 45,000 sq metre of concrete used to build it. It took 4 years to erect and was completed in May 1996. Dine in a revolving restaurant and enjoy the spectacular view below.


NationalMuseum is Malaysian’s premier museum and is the repository for the nation’s rich history and heritage. Built in 1963, its façade features a Minangkabau styled roof and two impressive front murals. Highlights include the collection of keris or Malay dagger and ceramics from the Ming Dynasty.


KL LakeGardens - verdant greenery in a refreshing enclave. Within the environs are the Orchid and HibiscusGardens, Deer Park, KL Butterfly Park and KL Bird Park.


National Monument is a huge bronze monument that pays tribute to the valiant soldiers who perished while defending the country during the Communist Insurgency. It was designed by Felixde Weldon, the architect of the famous Iwo Jima Memorial.


IstanaNegara is the official residence of His Majesty The King of Malaysia. It is a stately mansion set within a beautifully landscaped garden. The dialing changing of the guard attracts its fair share of visitors and photographers.


Merdeka Square is an important heritage site in the city. The Union Jack was lowered here on 31st August 1957 marking Malaysia’s independence from colonial rule. The nearby SultanAbdulSamadBuilding is another heritage site.


Masjid Negara is the most distinguished mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It has a unique stylized star-shaped dome representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. Its 73 m high minaret stands impressively against the skyline.


Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex styled like a Malay village. It is a complex housing handicraft shops, an art workshop, craft museum and food court. Shop for the best in Malay ethnic crafts, or try your hand at batik painting. To view a fine traditional Malay house, visit the The Heritage Centre nearby.


Malaysia Tourism Centre is an important historical landmark. This building served as the military base of the British army and the headquarters of the Japanese army during World War II. Today it is a one-stop centre offering a host of facilities for tourists.


KL Railway Station is a splendid building with Moorish architecture as well as graceful arches and minarets. It was the hub for the nation’s rail transportation system before the modern KLSentral Station was built.


Masjid Jamek was built in 1909. This mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. It is the city’s oldest surviving mosque. Nearby is Masjid India, built in southern Indian style.


Sze Ya Temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the city with a history dating back to 1864. It features an ornate interior and elaborate roof ridges.


TheanHouTemple with golden roofed pagodas and strings of lanterns are impressive features of this temple. Located inside are three majestic statues of deities.


SriMahaMariammanTemple is one of the most elaborate Hindu temples in the country. It boasts a magnificent 22 m high gate tower and portico adorned with intricately carved images of Hindu deities.


Cathedral of Saint Mary The Virgin is a fine example of English Gothic architecture featuring beautiful stained glass windows, tasseled tile paving and buttresses. Of interest here is a beautiful pipe organ built in 1895.


There are several memorials and galleries of interest in Kuala Lumpur. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial and Tun Abdul Razak Memorial were established in honour of the nation’s past prime ministers. Galeria Sri Perdana houses the personal collections of Malaysian’s fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr MahathirMohamad.


Themed Attractions. Aquaria KLCC is the largest aquarium in the world. Petrosains has an exciting insight into the petroleum industry. Visit Cosmo’s WorldTheme Park, touted to be the region’s biggest indoor theme park is situated in Berjaya Times Square.


Kuala Lumpur is a shopping paradise. It has a wide range of shopping establishments catering to every taste and budget. A large number of upscale malls are situated in JalanBukitBintang, JalanAmpang and Bangsar. For bargain hunters, Petaling Street is a not to be missed shopping spot with a wide array of products and souvenirs. If you have an eye for novelty items, visit PasarSeni or Central Market, a bazaar styled arts and crafts centre.


Sourced : Tourism Malaysia