The city of Kuala Lumpur started as a laidback, small tin-mining village that turned into one of the rich, urbanized cities in the world. Known and rated as an alpha world city, Kuala Lumpur is the capital and center for cultural, financial, and economic activities of Malaysia. It is located in Selangor State, one of the 13 states of Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur ranked 36th in The World’s Top 50 Travel Destinations in 2012. It is one of the most visited cities around the globe by tourists of any kind. It boasts an array of natural, cultural, and modern wonders for everyone to explore. Superb European, Chinese, and Hindu inspired architectures, fascinating views of nature, and towering buildings are just some of the beautiful highlights of the city. It combines the historical past and contemporary features of Malaysia.
The city has numerous activities available for locals and tourists alike. Amidst the bustling activities Kuala Lumpur, visitors may enjoy the city’s natural and cultural highlights through its local museums, art galleries, majestic temples, mosques, and palaces located ubiquitously in the city. Those who want to experience the trendy night life of the city, there are a lot of lively night clubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges scattered throughout the city. Low-cost and high-end shopping centers are also common giving visitors an array of options on where to buy clothing, gadgets, souvenirs, and interesting stuff.
Five of the many places to visit in Kuala Lumpur include the Thean Hou Temple, Istana Negara, Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, and Muzium Negara.
Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou is a Chinese temple built by the Haianese people between1981-1987. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Tian Hou, known as The Heavenly Mother in Buddhist religion. Thean Hou Temple is among the most visited places in Kuala Lumpur. Aside from Goddess Tian Hou, two other sculptures of goddesses are installed in the temple: Shui Wei Sheng Niang (the Goddess of the Waterfront) and Guan Yin, (the Goddess of Mercy).
Istana Negara, also known as the King’s Palace or National Palace, is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. It is situated in a 13 acre land, overlooking the Klang River.
Petronas Twin Towers
Considered as the most popular landmark of Malaysia, Petronas Twin Towers were considered as the tallest building in the world for six year and currently among the promising buildings ever built in the world. The towers were designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, Filipino designer Dominick Saibo, Filipino-Malaysian Engineer Deejay Cerico. One must not leave Kuala Lumpur without seeing this modernistic building, especially during the night when it shines best.
Have a one-of-a-kind encounter with nature by visiting one Kuala Lumpur’s significant treasures – the Batu Caves. Batu Caves are believed to be 400 million years old.
Visitors must walk a 272-step stairway to get to the caves. In front of the cave entrance is a scenic, panoramic view of the city. Inside the caves are various Hindu shrines installed where Hindu people pray in silence. Numerous cynomolgus monkeys flock and walk around with people making the place a little more interesting.
Muzium Negara or the National Museum of Malaysia houses various galleries that exhibit the history, arts, culture and traditions, crafts and other significant characteristics of Malaysia. Opened in August 31, 1963, The Muzium Negara serves as a storehouse of Malaysia’s diverse cultural and historical heritage.
Make Kuala Lumpur your next destination and experience life, nature, and culture at its finest.
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