Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia*

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About Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Its modern skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in both population and economic development.


Activities

Photographer: Umar Mukhtar

Petronas Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers are two linked towers, each 452 meters high. It is one of the tallest buildings in the world and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. It is by far the most popular attraction in Kuala Lumpur and the iconic showcase of versatile Malaysia. From all over the city you have a magnificent view of the towers and tourists can also visit the observation platform on one of the highest floors. Enjoy the view of the city from this platform or from the walkway connecting the two towers.


Photographer: Niko Cezar

Batu Caves

Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions. It is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu, which flows past the hill. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus.


Photographer: Tiff Ng

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou is a very large and important Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. The temple was built between 1987 and 1989 by the Chinese community (Hainanese) in Seputeh district of Kuala Lumpur. Just behind the temple is one of the largest Chinese cemeteries in the city. Besides Guan Di in the center of the city, this is one of the most important temples in KL. During the Chinese New Year, temple goers often set off fireworks at the temple, which you can see from far and wide because the temple is beautifully situated on a hill. It is located on 1.67 acres of land atop Robson Heights on Lorong Bellamy, overlooking Jalan Syed Putra.


Photographer: Indra Gunawan

Menara KL Tower

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a communications tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its construction was completed on 1 March 1995. It features an antenna that increases its height to 421 metres and is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 metres.


Photographer: James Kelley

Chinatown, Petaling Street

Lively, colorful Chinatown is centered on Petaling Street, known for its fashion shops and a large covered market with produce, clothes and accessories. The Petaling street is seen as a shopping paradise. Local artists sell paintings and crafts at nearby Central Market, where stalls also dish up noodles and curry.


Photographer: Lars Meijer

SkyBar (heli lounge)

The bar describes itself as the best kept secret in whole KL. Well, that might be true as this amazing rooftop bar is definitely not quite easy to find. But in case you find the right building you can just take the elevator to get to the bar’s indoor lounge on 33rd floor. As the outdoor terrace is actually a helipad during the day it only opens after 6pm.
Heli Lounge Bar is located on the 34th floor of the Menara KH building in the Bukit Bintang District of Kuala Lumpur.


Photographer: Lars Meijer

Central Market

Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walk away from Petaling Street, along Jalan Hang Kasturi. Also called Pasar Seni, it used to be a simple wet market but in the early 1980s was revamped into a handicrafts outlet.
The products you can buy include Malaysian dresses, wood carvings and many more local souvenirs. You can also go there to try local Asian dishes. The Central Market is an indoor area and consists of 2 floors. On the first floor you will encounter the food court where you have the chance to try out local products.


Photographer: Lars Meijer

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is a square located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The square is a rectangular lawn where the British used to play a game of cricket. Today, independence is celebrated here annually on August 31 by means of the Hari Merdeka Parade. On the south side of the square is one of the largest flagpoles in the world with the waving Malaysian flag at a height of 95 meters. In addition, around the square are some beautiful historic buildings such as the National History Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Royal Selangor Club and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.



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