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Kuala Lumpur



                                      

Kuala Lumpur is by far the Capital of Malaysia and largest city in Malaysia located in the heart of South East Asia, Malaysia is divided into Peninsular Malaysia ( West Malaysia) and East Malaysia. The Capital, Kuala Lumpur, lies midway along the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This marked the foundation of Kuala Lumpur and its share of growth and setbacks to become metropolitan center of today.


Population and Area

With a population of over 1.7million, Bumiputra around 42.2%(Malay 41.1%), Chinese 38.8% and Indians 10%, others 1.3%. Comprise the main races among others in this multicultural backdrop.


Places of Interest

1. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Overlooking the Dataran Merdeka, Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad was built in 1897 to house the various administrative departments of the British Government at that time. Its Moorish features have attracted the interest of visiting historians and students of architechture. Today, the building house the Supreme and High Courts and Infokraf, a centre for Malaysian handicrafts.

2. Merdeka Square
The Merdeka Square is a significant historical site as it was here that the British Union Jack was lowered for the last time when Malaysia gained its Independence on 31st August 1957. A 100 metre-high flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks this historic spot. Situated on one corner of the square is the Selangor Club, a Tudor- style building, built in 1910. Close by is St Mary's Cathedral, a Gothic style building which is more than a hundred years old. A short walk away is the Memorial Library, a building dating back to 1909. Situated beneath the Merdeka Square is the Plaza Putra, an underground food, leisure and entertainment complex.

3. National Mosque
The beautiful mosque sits on a 5.2 hectare plot close to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Green lawns, water fountains, pools and a minaret surround it. Its unique, modern design embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking features is the multi-fold umbrella like roof and a 245 foot minaret.

4. Kuala Lumpur Ra​​ilway Station
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is another Moorish-influenced feature in the city. Built in 1910, it was refurbished in 1986 when its old-world grandeur was restored. The building house the Heritage Hotel which offers a specially created ambience reflecting the preindependence era of old Malaya.

5. The National Theatre
Permanent home of the National Theater Company and the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Theater is responsible for the development of all forms of theatrical art in Malaysia. Designed as a functional building which not only reflects the beauty of form, the National Theater is equipped with state of the art equipment while still retaining the national heritage and traditional Malay design.

6. National Planetarium
The planetarium is situated at top of a hill within the Lake Gardens close to the National Mosque, the interesting features found are the Space Theater, Space Science Exhibition, Resource Centre, Viewing Gallery and Ancient Observatory Park. The Space Theater screens two shows daily; the Space Science Show and Space Movie. There is also an observatory equipped with a 14-inch telescope.

7. Lake Gardens
Built in the 1880's , Taman Tasik Perdana or the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens is the city's most popular park. It covers an area of 91.6 hectares and offers facilities such as children's playground, jogging tracks, exercise stations and rowing boats. The Panggung Anniversary, set in a secheduled valley within the park, is the venue for regular musical and cultural performances.

Lake Gardens view include:
•Orchid And Hibiscus Gardens
Located in Taman Tasik Perdana, the Orchid Garden has over 800 species of exotic Malaysian orchids. Close by is the Hibiscus Garden with more than 500 varieties of rare and exotic blooms ina riot of colours and shades.

•Deer Park
The Deer Park is located close to the Lake Gardens. The park has been created to provide a natural habitat for deer which include hinds, does and fawns. Visitors to the park will be able to watch these graceful creatures from a close distance and even feed them by hand. The mousedeer, which is the smallest hoofed animal in the world, can also be spotted near the streams that run along the park.

•Butterfly Park
The Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is located next to the Bird Park. It is home to 6,000 butterflies of over 120 species. The park's environment is designed to resemble the natural habitat of the butterflies. More than 15,000 plants from 100 species have been used to recreate a Malaysian rainforest atmosphere. There is a nursery and breeding area for the butterflies.

•Kuala Lmpur Bird Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is the largest bird park in South East Asia. Many species of bird from around the world co-exist in an environment that has been carefully created to resemble their natural habitats.

8.National Monument
This stricking bronze monument located at Lake Gardens, was constructed in 1966. It was designed by Felix de Weldon, the same architect who created the lwo Jima Memorial Monument in Washington. The 15.54 metre high monument is memorial to honour the members of the Malaysian Security Forces who died in action during the Emergency a twelve-year struggle against communist insurgency that ended in 1960.

9. National Museum of History
The National Museum of history is a former commercial bank dating back to 1910.The National Museum of History enables visitors to discover the wealth of Malaysia historical heritage through its permanent exhibition of artifacts and materials. The Museum carries out museological activities such as research, collection, recording and publication in regards in the nation's treasures. Exhibits includes a 520 million year old metamorphic sandstone, a 40,000 year old homo spien skull and an eight sight gold coin dating back to the 15th century.

10. Jamek Mosque
Designed by A.B Hubbock, a British architect, Masjid Jamek is evidence of Malaysia's large Indian Muslim community. Built in 1909, the mosque sits serenely at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang Rivers. It features onionshaped domes, arched colonnades and shiny, cool, marble floors.

11. Istana Negara
Istana Negara is the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, the King of Malaysia. It is located on a hillock at Jalan Istana on the fringe of the city centre. Immaculately landscaped green terrace grounds that are a blaze with flowers all year round surround the palace. The palace is also the venue for state function and ceremonies.

12. Kuala Lumpur Tower
The KL Tower at height of 421 metres is the tallest in Asia and it is fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world. Visitors can enjoy a bird's eye view of the Klang Valley from the dizzying height of its observation deck or the revolving restaurant. The tower also serves as a Transmission station for telecommunications, radio and television.

13. Petronas Twin Towers
88 layers of Petronas Twin Towers is the highest in the world of 2 separated towers, 452 metres from the ground. This brilliant architectural design inspired by 'Islam Five Pillars" is ultra modern" Kuala Lumpur City Centre". The main part of the plan, the tower has an internal Petronas Phiharmonic Hall, the Malaysian Phiharmonic Orchestra and the Petronas Performing Arts group home based.

14. National Zoo and Aquarium
Located 13km from northest of Kuala Lumpur, there are about 200 species of animals, birds, reptiles, aquarium. There were 80 species of marine and freshwater organisms, as well as sea lion centre.

15.Central Market
This building is a historical building but was a busy wet market, now has transform to special shops, selling master clock, jewelry, wood craving , batik clothes, tin, Yushu and blown glass sourvenirs. In the art square, guest can visit the painting division or to watch glass blowing process performance and understanding the making of batik clothes.

16.Petaling Street
Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, full of unique chinese culture. This colourful streets of shops, restaurant, hawkers stores selling goods from fabrics to herbal medicine and local cuisines as well.

17. Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple is located on a hill overlooking Jalan Syed Putra. It is said to be one of the largest chinese temple outside China. The temple has interesting oriental architecture composed of celestial dragons and other mythical creatures.

18. Pasar Malam Taman Connaught
Located at the sourthen end of Kuala Lumpur's Connaught Garden is the longest in Malaysian's market. Selling varieties of goods from clothes, gadgets, foods and household suppliers.


Transportation

•Flight
KLIA is located about 50kms south of Kuala Lumpur. Belongs to Sepang District in Selangor. With KLIA Express Rail from airport to city only takes about 30 minutes.

•Highway
•By public transportation system in Kuala lumpur and its outskirts is well developed and efficient. You can explore the city at a leisurely pace without straining your budget. Air conditioned coaches and taxis are the most popular convenient modes of transport.

•Railway
the Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems provides a comfortable and hassle free means to move around the city & its suburbs. Speedy commuter train services provides easy access to towns outside the city such as Rawang, Port Klang and Seremban.