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Exploring Kuala Lumpur

One of the most dynamic and fast-developing cities of Southeast Asia is the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur or KL, as locals call it. This urban sprawl in the Malaysian Peninsula is the largest settlement in the country with almost seven million inhabitants occupying the greater KL area.

There are a ton of things to do in this bustling capital city. From the historic and religious, not to mention beautifully designed, buildings of the historic colonial quarter to the modern architectural marvel that is the Petronas Towers, sightseeing is an obvious choice. Close by this landmark are a slew of hotels including the five-star Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and the Traders’ Hotel by Shangri-la.

Sights nearby

The city doesn’t boast the long list of attractions that many of its Southeast Asian counterparts do, but simpy wandering the streets of the city center will reveal many locations worth taking a closer look at, including Merdeka Square and the soaring landmark that is the Petronas Towers.

Temples
The diversity of Kuala Lumpur and the people living here can be seen right within the historic quarter. Standing a few metres away from each other are the oldest Chinese temple in the city, Sze Ya Temple, a religiously significant Indian temple, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, and one of the oldest mosques in KL, Jamek Mosque.

Merdeka Square
Also within the historic quarter is the wide open space of Merdeka Square. This is where the flag of the Federation of Malaysia was first raised when the country gained independence from the British on the eve of 31 August 1957. Around Merdeka Square are structures all important to Malaysian history. One of them is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which formerly housed the high courts of Malaysia. On the opposite side of the square is the Royal Selangor Club, the meeting point for British high society during colonial times.

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Not far from Merdeka Square is the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, a masterpiece in Moorish architecture. Completed in 1910, the station was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, a British official who had served in India where he learned about Mughal architecture.

Petronas Towers
In Kuala Lumpur’s central business district stand the twin structures of the Petronas Towers. From 1998 to 2004, the towers were the tallest buildings in the world, usurped only by Taiwan’s Taipei 101. The Petronas Towers still hold the title of tallest twin towers in the world. The Park Stay at Kuala Lumpur Apartments is a good accommodation option in this area.

Batu Caves
Located in the northern suburbs of Kuala Lumpur is this important Hindu site dedicated to Lord Murugan. Upon exiting the train station, visitors to the site are welcomed by a gigantic golden statue of the Hindu diety. To get to the cave temples, visitors climb up 272 steps carved on the side of a limestone cliff.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Chinatown is the best place in KL to try some of the most delicious and authentic Southern Chinese dishes in town. Hainanese chicken rice, a dish comprised of a gingery chicken and rice cooked using chicken stock, is a local favorite. Indian cuisine was brought to KL by the wave of immigrants from southern India. Popular dishes include the very flavourful fish head curry and the flat bread called roti canai, usually dipped in curry. As for Malay food, it does not get any better than the meat skewers called satay, eaten with a spicy peanut sauce. Nasi lemak, which is rice cooked in coconut milk, and the meat stew rendang, be it chicken, beef or lamb, are also worth a try. Shopping is a favourite pastime among locals, as evidenced by Suria KLCC, the city’s glitziest mall. Alternatively, hit Central Market or Chinatown for souvenirs and bargains.

Public transport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is an important flight hub for Southeast Asia with flights connecting to virtually all continents. The airport's budget terminal is the main headquarters and hub of budget carrier giant AirAsia. KL's rapid transit network is the most effective means to get around the city. With three light rail lines, a monorail and a commuter rail, travelling to and from the main sights in the city could not be easier.

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