Holiday In Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Its modern skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Introduction to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur or KL in short, is the cultural, financial and economic centre of Malaysia. It is also home to the Parliament of Malaysia, and the official residence of the Malaysian King (Yang di-Pertuan Agong), the Istana Negara. The city once held the headquarters of the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, but were relocated to Putrajaya in early 1999. Although some sections of the political bodies still remain in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur is one of the three Federal Territories of Malaysia, enclaved within the state of Selangor, on the central west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Since the 1990s, the city has played host to many international sporting, political and cultural events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the 2017 SEA Game etc. Kuala Lumpur has undergone rapid development in recent decades. It is home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, which had since became an iconic symbol of Malaysia’s futuristic development.
Kuala Lumpur has a comprehensive road system which is supported by an extensive range of public transport networks, such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Metro (LRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), monorail, commuter rail and the airport rail link. Kuala Lumpur is one of the leading cities in the world for tourism and shopping, being the tenth most visited city in the world in 2017. The city houses 3 of the world’s 10 largest malls.
Kuala Lumpur has been ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking at No. 70 in the world, and No. 2 in Southeast Asia after Singapore. EIU’s Safe Cities Index of 2017 rated Kuala Lumpur 31st out of 60 on its world safest cities list. Kuala Lumpur was named as one of the New7Wonders Cities, and has been named as World Book Capital 2020 by UNESCO.
Etymology — Kuala Lumpur
Do you know that one of the early suggestion is that Kuala Lumpur was named after Sungai Lumpur (“muddy river”); it was recorded in the 1820s that Sungei Lumpoor was the most important tin-producing settlement up the Klang River.
Today, Kuala Lumpur serves as an economic centre for Malaysia and it is also the capital state for Malaysia.
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How To Get To Kuala Lumpur?
There are three main ways to get to Kuala Lumpur, namely air, railway, and road. Typically, the most popular transportation to go to Kuala Lumpur is through the road (mainly by car, taxi or bus).
1. Getting to Kuala Lumpur by air
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the most popular airport which is connected to Kuala Lumpur. There is also Sultan Abdul Aziz International Airport located at Subang Jaya.
2. Getting to Kuala Lumpur by railway
Your main stop should be the KL Sentral Station. This station is connected to all major transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur. You can purchase train tickets to Kuala Lumpur using this link.
4. Getting to Kuala Lumpur by road
Kuala Lumpur is two hours drive from Malacca town. You can grab the bus which is the cheapest form of transportation to KL. You may opt for taxi or Grab for affordable cab services. If you have license and would want to drive around, services such as Socar is a great option to go with too.
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What To Do In Kuala Lumpur?
Tourism plays an important role in the city’s service-driven economy. Many large worldwide hotel chains have a presence in the city. One of the oldest hotels is the Hotel Majestic. Kuala Lumpur is the sixth most visited city in the world, with 8.9 million tourists per year. Tourism here is driven by the city’s cultural diversity, relatively low costs, and wide gastronomic and shopping variety. MICE tourism, which mainly encompasses conventions— has expanded in recent years to become a vital component of the industry, and is expected to grow further once the Malaysian government’s Economic Transformation Programme kicks in, and with the completion of a new 93,000m2-size MATRADE Centre in 2014. Another notable trend is the increased presence of budget hotels in the city.
The major tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur include the PETRONAS Twin Tower, the Bukit Bintang shopping district, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petaling Street (Chinatown), the Merdeka Square, the House of Parliament, the National Palace (Istana Negara), the National Museum, Islamic Arts Museum, Central Market, KL Bird Park, Aquaria KLCC, the National Monument, and religious sites such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque. Kuala Lumpur plays host to many cultural festivals such as the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Every year during the Thaipusam celebration, a silver chariot carrying the statue of Lord Muruga together with his consort Valli and Teivayanni would be paraded through the city beginning at the temple all the way to Batu Caves in the neighboring Selangor.
The entertainment hub of the city is mainly centred in the Golden Triangle encompassing Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Ampang Road. Trendy nightclubs, bars and lounges, such as Marini’s on 57, Skybar at Traders Hotel, the Beach Club, Espanda, the Hakka Republic Wine Bar & Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, the Luna Bar, Nuovo, Rum Jungle, No Black Tie, the Thai Club, Zion club, Zouk, and many others are located here.
Here are the top attraction points in Kuala Lumpur.
Petronas Twin Towers
Anchoring the sprawling Kuala Lumpur City Centre, are the iconic Petronas Twin Towers (official website). Hailed as the Twin Jewels of Kuala Lumpur, a visit to KL just is not complete unless you have visited these doppelganger structures.
The 88-storey chrome and steel towers are joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58m-long, double-decker Sky Bridge.
Menara Kuala Lumpur (Menara KL)
Standing atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the 421m-high KL Tower is, at present, the world’s fifth tallest structure (official website).
Officially known as Menara KL, it has been outshone by the Petronas Twin Towers but remains an important architectural marker and boasts spectacular views of the city. The viewing deck is at least 100 metres higher than the Petronas Tower’s Skybridge – to get free tickets be sure to arrive early.
China Town (Jalan Petaling or Petaling Street)
The colourful Chinatown is a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise that seemingly never sleeps. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia, and holds its own against its more glamorous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang.
Representing Malaysia’s multihued multicultural background perfectly, you can find all sorts of stuff, from Chinese herbs to imitation goods in this area.
11 km north of KL, Batu Caves is a 400 million-year old limestone hill (with a 100-year old temple incorporated within it), best known as the focal point of the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam.
The celebration attracts thousands of visitors who come to see the colourful spectacle of devotees who pay homage by carrying ornately-decorated ‘kavadis’ (frameworks) combined with various metal hooks and skewers which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a distinguished city landmark that originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration (information on Wikipedia). Today it is home to the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia.
Built in 1897 and designed by AC Norman, it is set to the east of Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and is frequently the backdrop for Malaysia’s annual Independence Day parades.
On the concourse level of the KL Convention Centre, the 464,515sqm Aquaria KLCC is home to over 150 species of marine life (official website).
Some people write it off as a tourist trap, but they’re sorely missing out – beyond the gallons of water filled with necklaces of kelp, coral and sea creatures, is one of KL’s foremost sightseeing attractions with real depth and complexity.
Important tips for travelling family: Avoid bringing in the baby strollers (they can keep for you at the counter) as some pathway is small and tight, especially during peak seasons.
Where To Stay In Kuala Lumpur?
Wondering where to stay in Kuala Lumpur? Lucky for you, there are many options that you can choose from.
Hotel: If you are looking for a full service holiday, staying in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur is the best option for features. Most hotels in Kuala Lumpor comes with swimming pool and breakfast. There are also some hotels who offer free transportation to attraction sites in KL which is a huge plus.
Homestay: Homestays is a growing trend in Kuala Lumpur. With Airbnb and OYO Rooms dominating the market, you will be spoilt with choices. If you are for homestay, make sure you check through the reviews to ensure that you are getting the best value-for-money as there are many renters who would promise heaven and Earth just to close a sale.
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