Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is the fastest growing urban agglomeration and economic center in the country. The residence of the Malaysian king is in Kuala Lumpur, and the famous Twin Towers which are among the highest buildings in the world and serve as a symbol of its development. To some people Malaysia and its capital seem small and inessential, but it is a superficial opinion. To see the country’s vast attractions, one needs much more than a weekend.
Inspired by tall Islamic architecture, the 88-storeyed PETRONAS Twin Towers can be considered the world’s highest twin buildings and one of the key attractions in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the center of Kuala Lumpur, the Towers host a complex of offices, conference halls, a 50-acre park and a shopping complex. The buildings are also associated with the headquarters of the PETRONAS Company. They are joined at the height of 175 meters by the so-called Sky Bridge. The Sky Bridge tour is a great attraction to see the view of the city center, although it is difficult to get a pass. Many visitors come early in the morning not to stand in long queues. Apart from its being of special interest to the tourists, the Sky Bridge also serves as an emergency exit.
One of the most typical features of the buildings is the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS concert hall, based on the design of the 19th century European concert halls, which is the leading place for classical music concerts in Southeast Asia, and home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Here, in the Twin Towers, one can also find the gallery which tells everything about the petroleum industry, from the origin of oil in the age of dinosaurs to its latest development and modern oil-based products. A few steps away, there is the famous KLCC Park with its jogging track, walking paths, a water fountain, and a pool.
Together with the Twin Towers, Menara KL is Malaysia’s most recognizable landmark. Its viewing deck is 100 meters higher than in the twin skyscrapers and offers a great view of the whole downtown area. Primarily used as a communications center, it is the fifth-highest telecommunications tower in the world. Menara has other characteristic features – a revolving restaurant, fast food restaurant and souvenir shops.
At the center of Kuala Lumpur there is a busy bustling area called Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. With its Oriental culture and history, Chinatown is one of the most popular tourist sights in Malaysia.
11 kilometres northwards from Kuala Lumpur, one finds Batu Caves, a hill with a number of caves. Inside them one can see ancient idols and statues. The caves are said to be 400 million years old, and the temple built nearby is an important Hindu religious landmark. The largest Cathedral Cave houses a few Hindu shrines, numerous statues and paintings.
Kuala Lumpur’s Little India is a stretch of Indian shops selling traditional Indian goods such as coconut oil, sandalwood soap, the multi-hued Indian saris, and a variety of Indian snacks.
A few blocks away from downtown Petaling Street the tourists will find the renowned Central Market also known as Pasar Seni which hosts several traditional festivals.
The six-tiered Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, with its multi-arched gateway and red pillars is one of the oldest temples in Southeast Asia and a popular place of interest in Malaysia. The temple combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism in its tremendous architecture.
20-hectare Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is one of the largest parks in the world which houses 3,000 birds and 200 species from various countries of the world. The birds are free to fly around their spacious enclosures. The park also has a playground for children, jogging tracks, exercise stations, and rowing boats.
These are just a few attractions to be seen in Kuala Lumpur. There only thing you lack in this city is time for you inevitably want to visit and experience more.