The capital, Kuala Lumpur, located at about 35 km from the coast, is a booming city where modernism and history find their place. It is now the nerve center of the political, commercial and social life of the Malaysia. With many architectural traces of British colonization in 1896, Kuala Lumpur is a city full of charm that one takes pleasure to discover.
With 1.5 million inhabitants, the capital of the Malaysia will surprise you by its contrasts blending the charm of colonial buildings to small shops of the pre-war period with the modernism of the new buildings such as Petronas Twin Towers symbolize progress and the development of sustainable economy of the last 20 years.
Places of Interest:
As the symbol of the modernity of the Malaysia, they were inaugurated in 1996. Funded by the National Oil Company Petronas (N.O.C.P), these towers of steel and glass, 451 meters high are in 5th place of the tallest buildings in the world. Designed by Cesar Pelli, a renowned architect, they derived their inspiration from Islamic modern art and have cost the staggering sum of $ 2 billion. Each of the two towers has 88 floors, connected by a walkway on the 41st floor. One of the towers is occupied by the N.O.C.P, the other one is the host of private companies.
They are located 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur. As the sacred place for the Hindus in Malaysia consists of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone on 400 meters in length and 100 meters in height. It is said that the limestone forming Batu Caves dates back to 400 million years ago. The natives have used some of the entries of the caves as shelters.
Inaugurated in 1965 and renovated in 1987, National Mosque of Malaysia was built to provide the access to independence in Malaysia like a powerful symbol. Presenting extremely modern architecture, with its 73 m-high minaret, it is one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia, with a capacity of 15,000 people.
The Menara Tower is installed in the middle of a forest park of 11 hectares. It was built on the Hill of Bukit Nanas. The tower rises up to 421 meters; it is the world’s fourth largest Communications Tower. It is possible to enjoy a superb 360 ° view of Kuala Lumpur, at 276 meters in height. The dome shaped arches are arranged following the shape of the traditional Islamic Muqarnas. The lower part symbolizes the seven celestial floors. The Tower has been designed by a German architect and opened by former Prime Minister Malay Y.A.Bhg Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in 1996. The Menara Tower is open Monday through Sunday from 09.00am to 10.00pm.
The funniest hoppy is to walk in the street! Because, as soon as we go away from business areas for the traditional Chinese and Indian districts, we discover as a more popular world, where everything takes place outside, till late in the night and early in the morning. If you are willing to have lunch or to go shopping, do not miss the central market, on the West of Chinatown. It is also open in the evening but much less quick. Bars are rather situated in the district of Bukit Bintang, with the big shopping malls.
Former ground reserved for the cricket competitions of the members of Selangor Club and situated in the center of the capital. It is in this place that the English flag was lowered on August 31st, 1957(Jack union). Therefore it is also known as the beginning of the independence of Malaysia. The flag of Malaysia was raised on a mat 100 meters in height instead of the flag of colonial power.
The oldest mosque of Kuala Lumpur, designed in 1909 by an English architect, it was the biggest Mosque of the city until the inauguration of the National Mosque in 1965. Built between rivers Klang and Gombak, of indo-Muslim inspiration, it is a place to come to admire at sunset to take advantage completely of its minarets. The Mosque has just finished its renovation.
3000 birds with more 200 different species in a giant aviary. Hornbill Restaurant and Café, offers a superb view during the tasting the refresher and you’ll be the surprise visiting hornbills and egrets, greedy for small candies.
Placed below Convention Center and of KLCC, the huge aquarium is worth seeing if you are an amateur of marine wildlife. You will discover at first numerous species of mammals, reptiles and tropical insects, before discovering marine species such as arapaima, the biggest fishes of freshwater and tiger sharks as well. To conclude the visit, you will pass through a glass tunnel with 90 meters long, which will let you discover the marine fauna. Numerous explanations on the various species are supplied at mealtime at 11:15 am and 4:15 pm. A very good attraction has to make alone or with family.
This building from 1936, originally sheltered a classic market for fruits, vegetables and fishes, is dedicated from now on to welcome the tourists, who can find numerous handicrafts as well as traditional clothes and souvenirs there. The price negotiation is rigorous if we want to make of good bargains. A food-court will allow you to rest on the first floor. A small show of the traditional dances of the Malaysia is offered free of charge every night at 9 pm.
the Kapitan Cina Yap Ah Loy built one of the oldest Taoist temples of Kuala Lumpur in the XIXth century. You will find it behind the shops according to the geomancy rules.
The oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur founded in 1873 and fully renovated a century later. You can admire the gopuram, a typical Arch of India South, 22 meters high that overcomes the main gate and will present you 228 staged divinities. It was from this temple at that part every year a silver tank pulls by oxen toget to the Batu caves on the eve of Thaipusam. Daily ceremonies take place at 6:30am and at 4:30pm.
Opened in 1906, is one of the oldest Chinese Buddhist temples in Malaysia. The bulk of these temples are on the outside, green terracotta friezes portray historical and mythological passages.
A beautiful temple where you can take nice pictures of its round door, symbol of sky and paradise
A beautiful temple where you can take nice pictures of its round door, symbol of sky and paradise A tropical flowered park where evolves 3000 types belonging to 120 different species of butterflies. More impressive, the Raja Brooks is a butterfly whose wings can reach 20cm.
Located between the National Mosque and Lake Gardens, the Museum of Islamic Arts is a two-floor beautiful and modern building, topped by a magnificent dome composed of Turquoise ceramics. Inside, you will find huge sections dedicated to Islamic Art through permanent and temporary exhibitions. Many objects belonging to the Muslim world are also presented. It must be a rewarding visit for tourists.
The national museum is divided into 4 sections: the first Men and the first Kingdom of Malay around 400, then a section organized for great Malayu kingdoms including Malacca, rich in remarkably well-preserved archaeological pieces. The last two sections are belonging to colonial period and independent Malaysia. In our point of view, the section about Malayu kingdoms is most interesting, numerous pieces of collection are highlighted and are worth to visit, and the other sections are less impressive.