"Kuala Lumpur, the bustling capital of Malaysia, is a dynamic city with shopping centers, historic buildings from the colonial era, a skyline and nice shopping streets. It is the door of the multicultural society in Asia.
The multicultural character, the vibrant nightlife and the delicious food make you feel at home in Kuala Lumpur. In the capital you will find many interesting sights such as the Petronas Towers, China Town, Little India and the KL Tower and you can shop there as the best in one of the 66 shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur."
It's not anymore the highest building in the world (452m). If you have
booked a hotel in the "Golden Triangle" you can walk to the twin
towers easily. There's no need to take a taxi.
From any point in the city you can see
the twin towers.
Sometimes the upper part of the Petronas
hidden in the clouds.
On top there are masts with flashing lights to warn the pilots.
You can't visit the Petronas for free, they will charge you RM10.-
You can go up to the top, what they call "the observation deck"'.
The observation Deck is located at Level 86. A ticket to the Observation
Deck will cost you RM 40.-
Go early, because you can visit these towers only a few times a day.
Beneath the towers is the Suria-shopping complex. It has six levels.
There is also an oil-museum, conference hall, concert hall, cinema, a
mosque and a hotel.
The Petronas Towers have 88 floors and the
connecting bridge is at the 42nd floor.
Pay attention: it's not anymore the highestbuilding
in the world. That's the Bamboo Shoot in Taiping (Taiwan).
The highest tower in the world is the CN-tower in Toronto. So there's a
difference between a building (with working people) and a tower.
Actually the KL-tower (telecommunication tower) in Kuala Lumpur, which is
421 meter,is even higher,
because it's built on a hill
The Petronas Towers have 32,000 windows. Totally there are 77,00 square
meters. And they have to be cleaned!
From the top some "gondola's" are going down to clean the windows. From
these gondola's the window cleaners are doing their job.
All together those two towers have 11 gondola's.
Every day the windows cleaners are doing eight floors.
It takes five months to clean the entire building, so it's done twice a
At the top there's a red light to warn all the planes not to come close.
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The Batu Caves are just on a short distance from Kuala Lumpur (taxi!!). Batu Caves, is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres.
The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people, a tribe of Orang Asli.
To reach the Cave you must climb 272 steps. At the beginning here are monkeys begging for food and of course, you can buy it down
In this Hindu temple they celebrate the Thaipusam Festival.
The Thaipusam festival of faith and endurance is celebrated in Malaysia,
Singapore, Mauritius, and South Africa. One of the biggest and most famous
celebrations is at Batu Caves.
The procession starts on the evening
before the Thaipusam festival at the
Sri Mariamman Temple in the town centre of Kuala Lumpur.
By doing penance they want to extort some favours from the Gods.
The festival is held in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar (mostly the
end of January).
Thaipusam is an Hindu festival. It's a
celebration for the son of Shiva (Subramaniam) and the becoming "one"
of Pusan and the Brihaspati stars. Lord Subramaniam is the
universal granter of wishes.
All those who wish to ask for a future
favour, fulfil a vow in return for a granted favour, or to repent for
past sins will participate in this festival. It's not difficult for
Hindus (or anyone) to fall into one of these categories.
Caves is actually a cave that consists of three caves, formed by the
massive limestone natural formations.
The most impressive and largest of
the three caves is the Temple Cave, which has 272 steps to climb to the
Right in the middle of the cave is a whole. There you can see the cloud or the sun.
At the base of the hill are two more cave
temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu
statues and paintings.
The Ramayana Cave is situated to the extreme left as one faces the sheer
wall of the hill.
On the way to the Ramayana Cave, there is a 15 meter tall statue of Hanuman
and a temple dedicated to Hanuman.
Also called the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, a Moorish-looking building,
painted in salmon colours and which, apart from being the most
photographed site, has had a lot of attention from theinternational press lately.
Its functioning clock tower (40m) has
witnessed many historical milestones and is a faithful host of important
national events, like the annual National Day Parade.
The building houses the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. It formerly housed the superior courts of the country: the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya.
The square is called the Merdeka Square. A 95-metre flagpole
at the Mederdeka Square is one of the tallest in the world. That spot is marked with a flat, round black marble plaque. It is located at the southern end of the square.
And, of course at the Square, is the Royal Selangor Club! The Royal Selangor Club was in the British colonial period Malaya's most exclusive whites-only club.
town is at Petaling Street. That's the best place for testing your
bargaining skills. Here, stalls and wares are spread along the street (
especially in the evening) with colourful goods.
Without visiting Petaling street, your stay in KL isn't complete, simply
because the oriental atmosphere is unique and full of life.
The stall owner is usually so convinced that the price he's giving you is
the best ( while it isn't ) ...so be careful, an advice that I will give
you....whatever price he gives you, give him half, and he'll accept after
some minutes of bargaining!!
Petaling Street is particularly famous for its all-day
parade of stalls, that sell imitation goods of all sorts, like: wallets,
handbags, t-shirts, watches, shoes and many other things.
You can buy imitation goods of Rolex, Seiko, Cartier, Christian
Dior, Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gucci, Prada, D&G,
The police is taking action against the
illegal cd's and dvd's. I think the copying is done in Malaysia.
of these illegal cd's and dvd's is also in Petaling Street. I don't know, how
it works, but................ the salesmen get a phone call, that the police
is coming in a quarter of an hour.
In a few minutes they break up and the
van is loaded and of they go. Then the police arrives and find no cd or dvd
on the market. I think their informant must in or near the police station.
The KL-tower is 421 meter long. Go up with the elevator and you can enjoy a wonderful
panoramic view, overlooking the city of Kuala Lumpur.
Actually this tower is more beautiful than the Petronas Towers.
At the top you'll get a head-set, where they explain everything you see in
KL and that's a lot!
The railway station of Kuala Lumpur
It is located at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. The building is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It is a very beautiful building. It has a Moorish-style which was designed by architect A.B Hubbock. The building is about 80 years old in 1999 because it was built at 1910.
In 1986, it went under extensive renovations but now everything is finished. Now it has air-conditioned waiting hall, snack kiosks , tourism information booth and many more. In the past, it used be very quiet but since the Commuter service started, it is very busy. Very sadly, all the Intercity train services doesn't stop here anymore because there is a new railway station opened called KL Sentral. Only Commuter train stops here. It is located less than 1KM away from the old railway station.
A hotel, the Station Hotel (now the Heritage Station Hotel), occupies part of the station.
Located in Jalan Tun Perak.
This mosque is built on the birth-place
of Kuala Lumpur where the two rivers Klang and Gombak meet.
This is the very spot where the first settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks.
mosque was built in 1907 and officially
opened by the Sultan of Selangor on 23rd of December in 1909. The Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur is the oldest mosque in KL.
It was designed by Arthur
Benison Hubbock, an architectural assistant in the Public Works
and Survey Department, who was intrigued and inspired by the Mogul
architecture of India.
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