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City Guide : Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is located on the western shore of the peninsula stretching 40 km inland. The city, also known as KL, expands upon a valley which is surrounded by hills from all sides. It is known that the population living in the metropolitan area of the city exceeds 6 million. Being the political and cultural center of the country, Kuala Lumpur, has gone through a rapid and glorious development phase in terms of business fields. Commerce, banking, manufacturing, transportation, information technologies, and –naturally- tourism are the business fields that stand out.
Kuala Lumpur is full of places to visit. Petronas Twin Towers, located at the heart of the city, is definitely one of the best places to start. These towers, also called “Menara” which means tower in the local language, were the tallest buildings in the world until October 2003. The towers, which are connected through a sky bridge/skyway on the 41st and 42nd floors, are open to visitors from 08:30 to 17:00 everyday except Monday.
The KLCC Shopping Mall, located at close proximity to the towers, is the right place to not only spend money but also make discoveries, listen to music, and have a good time. A trip to Petrosains Discovery Centre or attending one of the performances by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra are among activities available here. This spot, which is easily reachable by the lightrail system and taxi cabs, is located at walking distance to all major hotels.
The communications tower known as Menara KL offers a unique experience with the opportunity to see an extensive birds eye view of the city. The tower, which resembles a giant rattle, is one of the tallest buildings of the world with 421 meters. A restaurant, from which you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the city, is also located in the tower. Reservation in advance is required in order to guarantee a place in the restaurant’s ever-full tables.
The first place among the list of places to visit without traveling too far from Kuala Lumpur is the “Batu Caves”. Visitors have to climb up a flight of stairs of 272 steps in order to get into the biggest one of the caves, which can be reached by traveling northbound from the city. The Hindu community conducts religious ceremonies here throughout the Thaipusam Festival. In order to get some fresh air from the forest, you need to travel 40 km out of the city to the region called Rawang. The area called Temple Park as it is a temple surrounded by trees, is a very popular spot. If you are OK with traveling 45 minutes out of the city, “Genting Highlands”-which is a city of nature in itself- can be a nice spot for you to visit.
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Religious structures are interesting with their unique architectural characteristics and great harmony with nature. National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Thean Hou and Mahamariaman Temples, and Masjid Jamek which is located at the point where Klang and Gombak rivers are closest to each other are among beautiful spots for you to see.
Bukit Nanas, a forest reserve located considerably close to downtown, is a wildlife area of 10.5 hectares. Visitors experience serenity while walking on pathways through lakes and gardens all to themselves. Among works to see here is the monument that the American sculptor Felix de Weldon designed for people who were killed in World War II. The walk starting from Bird and Butterfly Parks, and Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens heads towards the National Museum and Activity Center.
Numerous places such as the National Museum – which preserves a great deal of the history and culture of Malaysia-, structures named after the first president Tunku Abdul Rahman and the second president Tun Abdul Razak, the Police Museum, Islamic Arts Museum, and Natural History Museum can be visited here. The courthouse by the name Sultan Abdul Samad, the train station, and the parliament building embody glamorous architectural details making them all worth a visit.
Food & Drink
The variety of food and drinks in Kuala Lumpur is very impressive. The most interesting notice you will find on them is to distinguish the “halal” from “non-halal.
Jalan Sultan, Jalan Hang Lekir, Jalan Petaling all located downtown, and Jalan Alor located in the Golden Triangle are quite unique in terms of variety in food and drinks.
There are many local eating places operated by Indian Muslims and appear to be the most significant alternative to the unique locations above. They are almost at every corner of the city and of course, offer halal products too. Jalan Doraisamy is advised as the place to go for “roti canai” the most famous dish from the local cuisine.
The shopping area by the name “the Central Market” stands out as a marketplace in which you can not only dine in various restaurants; but also purchase hand-made products. “Sunday Market” which is open from Saturday night to the morning hours on Sunday is another scene from the culture and history of Malaysia. Among other shopping areas are Lot 10, KL Plaza, Sungai Wang Plaza, Imbi Plaza and Low Yat Plaza –an area in which computer and electronics products are available in general. The area including all of the locations listed in known as the “Golden Triangle.”
7 Facts About Malaysia
You can start the day in Malaysia with the local breakfast, aka ‘nasi lemak’. What you will find is a colorful plate of fried rice cooked in coconut milk with dried anchovies, boiled eggs, cucumber slices, roasted peanuts and spicy prawn paste.
Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur are the symbol of Malaysia and a source of national pride. Among the highest towers in the world, these 88-story structures rise to a height of exactly 452 meters together with the antennas on top of them. You can view the city from the Sky Bridge that connects the towers at the 41st floor.
With a seventy percent Muslim population, Malaysia stands out for its magnificent mosques. Besides a close to twenty percent Buddhist population, religions like Hinduism, Taoism and Christianity also account for around eight percent. It is not unusual to be asked what religion you are in Malaysia.
It’s a good idea to keep the rainy season in mind when traveling to Malaysia, where daytime temperatures hover around 30 C and higher. Boat connections with most of the islands off the mainland are canceled during the monsoon season from November to the end of February.
If you happen to stop into a large market in Malaysia, you’ll see that coconut milk and soy milk have replaced cow’s milk. More than that, Malaysia also boasts chips made from peas and prawns and even fruit juice obtained from the bamboo tree.
You can visit Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown for a closer acquaintance with the diverse aspects of Malaysian culture. With its multitude of shops and sidewalk stalls, this quarter is always buzzing. And the night market where Chinese goods are sold is a big hit with tourists. Petaling Street meanwhile is famous for its authentic Chinese restaurants.
To see the traditional way of life of the tribes that have lived for centuries deep in the rain forest, visit Sarawak Culture Village, where you can also take in the local dance shows at a venue consisting of traditional village houses built around a lake. For information: sss.scv.com.my
The famous French explorer Jacques Cousteau said of Sipadan Island, which he discovered in 1989: “Now we have again found an untouched piece of art.” The island, which appeals to everyone from professional divers to amateur snorkelers today, boasts a rich underwater world.
One of Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches is tucked away in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. Made up of the islands of Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Sulug off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the park is world renowned for water sports.
The road to Melaka 150 kilometers south of the capital is one of the few places where you can see typical Malay houses rising on stilts. Another must-see on the vast, palm-covered plains of the Malay countryside is the former elephant bath known as Alor Gajah.
BIRD’S NEST ANYONE?
The nests of the mountain swallow have had a special place in Far Eastern cuisine for more than a thousand years. Consumed in a soup made with ginseng and mushroom, they are believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac. One of the world’s priciest gourmet delicacies, bird’s nests are found in Malaysia along with other exotic offerings like.
Ticket Sales Offices : Kuala Lumpur
|Kuala Lumpur Airport Office|
|Address||S-16/18 Level 4, Main Terminal Building, KL international Aiport,Malaysia|
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 16:00pm - 00:00pm / Tuesday, Friday 13:00pm - 20:00pm
|THY Kuala Lumpur Sales Office|
|Address||1 JALAN PINANG , MENARA PRESTIGE , 20-3 , 50450 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA|
|Phone||Call center: + 60 3 2053 18 99 ---7/24 Weekdays(09-1730 ): 0060 3 2163 0849|
|Fax||0060 3 2162 0849|
|ABDA AVIATION Sdn. Bhd.|
|Address||Wisma ABDA, 45 Jalan 51/205, The Highway Centre, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA|
|Phone||+60 162284603 / +60 162180184|
Kuala Lumpur : Airport Information
Kuala Lumpur Airport
Address : Kuala Lumpur International Airport 64000 KLIA, Selangor, MALAYSIA. Phone : +60 3–8776 2000
Kuala Lumpur : Airport Map Information
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|Phone Code||:||00 60 3 +|