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Kuala Lumpur ( کوالا لومڤور ). A voyage to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asia.
a city, its skyline punctuated by minarets, Mughal-style domes and
skyscrapers, its colourful, food-stall-lined streets shaded by a leafy
canopy of banyan trees.
Take to the Streets
won't take you long to realise, despite the heat, this is a city best
explored on foot. Walk and you can catch all the action and save
yourself the frustration of becoming entangled in one of KL's
all-too-frequent traffic jams. To tackle this problem, a new mass rapid
transit (MRT) system is under construction. Soaring property values
are also causing characterful old buildings to be torn down and
replaced with bland new towers. Such disruptions aside, parts of KL
retain the laid-back ambience and jungle lushness of the kampung (village) it once was.
for the sky by all means, but also keep a close eye on what’s
happening closer to the ground. To fully connect with locals, join them
in two of their favourite pastimes: shopping and eating. Malaysian
consumer culture achieves its zenith in KL, where you could spend all
day browsing glitzy air-conditioned malls such as Pavilion KL and Mid
Valley Megamall in search of bargains. Alternatively, explore Central
Market for locally made souvenirs, then dive into the culinary melting
pots of nearby Chinatown or Masjid India.
is Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia’s sultry capital packed with historic
monuments, steel-clad skyscrapers, lush parks, mega-sized shopping
malls, bustling street markets and trendy nightspots. Also an essential
part of the vibrant mix are incense-wreathed, colourfully adorned
mosques and temples of the country’s Malay, Chinese and Indian
communities. A reverence for these ancient cultures is balanced with a
drive to be plugged into the contemporary world, as evidenced by an
exciting contemporary art and design scene and a buzzing digital
KLites are separated by barely a handful of generations from the
tenacious Chinese and Malay tin prospectors who founded the city,
carving it out of virgin jungle. By the time the British made it the
capital of Peninsular Malaysia in the late 19th century, erecting the
grand colonial buildings that continue to stand proud, KL had only been
in existence for a couple of decades.
Since then, the city has been the scene of history-defining moments for Malaysia. Stadium Merdeka
was where, in 1957, the country’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul
Rahman punched his fist seven times in the air and declared
independence. And the iconic Petronas Towers were officially the
tallest buildings in the world when they opened in 1998.