Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Explore the wonders of Malaysia!

Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL, is the capital city of Malaysia; best described as eccentric, colorful, unique, dynamic and vibrant. KL is no doubt a cultural melting pot in South East Asia - made up of communities of Malay, Chinese, South Indians, ethnic groups in East Malaysia, and a sizable community of expats living in harmony.

The delightful mix of cross-cultural influences and traditions will no doubt intrigue your interest throughout your stay.

Here, we have listed our top 10 things to do and see in KL.
1. Petronas Twin Tower
• Standing majestically at a height of 451.9m. Your trip to KL will not be complete without the obligatory shot of you with the backdrop of Petronas Twin Tower.

2. KL Lake Gardens
• Escape the concrete jungle and bask in the lush greenery of KL’s finest park with Orchid Gardens, Deer Park, KL Butterfly Park and KL Bird Park within the vicinity.

3. National Museum
• The nation’s repository of culture and heritage. This is a must visit for all the curious minds who wants to know the past that shaped the presence of Malaysia.

4. Masjid Negara
• The most renowned mosque in KL. With a unique stylised star-shaped dome representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam.

5. Merdeka Square
• This is the place where the Union Jack flag was lowered on 31 August 1957, marking Malaysia’s Independence Day from the British colonial rule.

6. KL Railway Station
• Completed in 1910 the station was Kuala Lumpur's railway hub in the city for the Federated Malay States Railway and Malayan Railway. The station is notable for it architecture, adopting a mixture of Eastern and Western designs.

7. Thean Hou Temple
• Dedicated to Thean Hou (Queen of Heaven), the Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia. Be amazed by the dragon-inspired columns and pagoda rooftops. It is also a perfect place to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the temple set against the KL skyline.

8. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
• A large and ornate South-Indian shrine dating to back to 1873 is one of the oldest Hindu temple in KL.

9. Batu Caves
• A limestone hill that was formed 400 million years ago. Is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.

10. China Town
• A bustling market and hunter’s paradise if you are looking for cheap clothes, fabrics, souvenirs, electronic items, watches, DVDs, CDs and more! Also a haven for imitation goods like Rolex, Seiko, Cartier, Christian Dior, Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gucci, Prada, D&G, Louis Vuitton!

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