Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur was established in 1857 at the confluence of the Klang- and Gombak Rivers.
The city began as a mining settlement with the discovery of tin. Today, it is one of Asia’s most dynamic and clean cities. It boasts the world’s tallest twin towers, the old Moorish-styled railway station, numerous temples, mosques, and churches.
Rapid infrastructure growth has not diminished Kula Lumpur’s garden city image. Beautifully landscaped parks and abundance of trees constitute the city’s “green lungs”.
The population is friendly, and English is widely spoken.
Kuala Lumpur (aka K-L) is a city of contrasts, and the citizens like the juxtaposition of old and new buildings.
You can visit all major sites walking, and several companies offer sightseeing tours, or if you are time-pressed, hire a taxi after negotiating the price in advance.
Merdeka (Independence) Square is a good starting point, then go to the ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building (erected in 1897 with Moorish features, clock tower and copper domes), National Science Centre, National Planetarium, National Art Gallery, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial, Tun Abdul Razak Memorial, and Galleria Sri Perdona.
Many museums beckon those who like to visit them – National Museum, Islamic Art Museum, Bank Negrar Money Museum, Shipping Museum, and Telecom Museum.
A much photographed spot is the Moorish styled old railway station.
The national Mosque, Jamek Mosque and National Monument, constructed to honour the country’s fallen heroes are well worth visiting. When entering, you must leave your shoes at the entrance. Make sure you take a bag to carry them with you. A few pairs of comfortable tourist shoes have been known to disappear. Within walking distance of city centre is the Central Market, which is now a one stop souvenir, and handicraft shop and restaurant building.
While in Kuala Lumpur you can contemplate an eco adventure tour, golfing, or sailing, or diving, or shopping sprees (huge modern, air-conditioned, malls offer an excellent choice of merchandise at low prices, or spa or medical treatments).
Malaysia’s main gateway is Kuala Lumpur International Airport which is serviced by many international carriers including Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, Quantas, Japan Airlines, just to name a few.
Undoubtedly, the soul of Malaysia is reflected in its multicultural population of approximately 28 million living in harmony. Its three major races – the Malays, Indians, and Chinese, along with many indigenous minorities, create a delightful fabric of cultures, traditions, and culinary diversity.
Food is a popular conversational topic in Malaysia, and visitors soon understand the importance of food.