If you’re deciding on making Kuala Lumpur your travel destination or you’re a local with some foreign friends coming over to visit, this capital city of Malaysia offers you a whole world of variety. Be it history making structures, a delve into the past, a glimpse of scientific achievements, an array of colorful flowers or shopping galore; Kuala Lumpur has it all. There is just so much to see in Kuala Lumpur, which is commonly referred to as ‘KL’. Whether you are alone, with friends or family, you are in for a tour of endless possibilities.
Petronas Twin Towers
If you are looking for something impressive to see what amazing heights this country has reached, the Petronas Twin Towers is a must-see. Towering above the rest in the region, among the tallest in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers have a height of 452.0m. As a matter of fact, Malaysia takes pride in having built the tallest twin structures in the world. Having reached completion around 1998, it is located in the centre of Kuala Lumpur city. It can be easily reached by bus or train from anywhere in the city. Comprising of 88 floors, the twin-towers come complete with an adjoining sky bridge that is built in between its 41st and 42nd floors. Costing a staggering amount of more than a million US dollars to build, this pride of the nation is occupied by mainly Petronas and associate companies. Visitors are permitted to access the Petronas Twin Towers for free, but there is a limitation of 1700 sight-seers pay day. So, if you’re serious about getting a feel of elevating this amazing building, make sure you are among the earlier visitors, so you don’t go back disappointed if the quota has been filled.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Kuala Lumpur is also a place that is rich in history and can give you a beautiful ride back into the past even amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. This fantastic transit avenue was built way back in 1910, designed by the famed architect of that time, Arthur Benison Hubbock. This is the same architect who designed the Jamek Mosque. The Neo-Moorish architecture of this railway station showcases arches, minarets and domes; displaying the architect’s deep knowledge of Anglo-Asian building style. The Malaysian Railway Administration Building is one more classic example of architecture of these times, and can be seen just across the road from the Kuala Lumpur Railway station. During recent years, this railway station has seen extensions to accommodate office and retail areas, besides taxi stops. This railways station has also undergone massive renovation. If you visit it today, it is furnished with air-conditioned waiting areas, money change counters, eating places and stalls to purchase mementos. Yet, its historical touch is still intact. This is a perfect place to take photographs with excellent views, so get your camera ready!
National Science Centre
The National Science Centre is the ideal place to quench the thirst of inquisitive minds, whether you are alone or with family. This is a place you might want to go if you wish to spend at least half a day at one centre. Located in Bukit Kiara, the north west of Kuala Lumpur, this building stands out with its futuristic architecture. Once you enter this building, you will be occupied by science and technology exhibitions. A trip to the National Science Centre is a thrilling experience as you will be greeted by fish swimming in the freshwater aquariums in a tunnel above you. A simulation of the Malaysian rainforest is also available to give you a feel of the jungle. Among the themes that are on display in the science gallery are ‘Pathways to Discoveries,’ ‘Pathways to Science,’ ‘Thinking Machines,’ ‘Inventor’s Corner’ and ‘Children’s Educational Centre.’ So you see, there is something for everyone of any age group in this house of science and technology. If you are heading to this hot spot, be prepared to spend hours of educational fun. Accordingly, allocate time for this in your plans.
Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
Nature lovers would definitely love a stroll in the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, which is situated in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Also known as Taman Tasik Perdana, in Malay, this lake stretches to almost 92 hectares of lush greenery that is sprinkled with pretty flowers. This park surrounds an artificial lake and comprises of the Hibiscus Garden, the Orchid Garden, the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park and Deer Park among others – placing astonishing species of flora and fauna before your very eyes. You can also find the Malaysian National Monument that honors those who died in the fight against the Communist rebellion in the 1950. This happens to be one of the largest self-supporting bronze compositions in the world too. Within this lake garden also lays a pair of British stately mansions that were built during the 19th century. Standing proud on top of the hill, it is called the Carcosa Seri Negara. This was once the residence of the British Governor and has now become an exclusive hotel. Besides relishing the surrounding beauty, you can run, jog, exercise or even row boats in this green haven. So, you might like to be reminded to wear comfortable shoes and clothes for a pleasant experience.
A trip to Kuala Lumpur will most certainly be incomplete without a tour along the Petaling Street. The Petaling Street is the authentic Chinatown of this city and you will see it at its peak when night falls. Hustling and bustling with voices of customers haggling over prices, the street bursts out with energy. You can find almost anything that you may think of buying, all here on this teeming boulevard. T-shirts, handbags, gems, women’s accessories, camping gear, watches, toys, perfumes, and the list goes on – the vendors spread it all in front of you, awaiting your pick. There is not one moment of silence in this street, and you will find it an interesting experience to just walk around, take in the atmosphere, and feast your eyes upon all the things put up for sale - whether or not you are actually intending to make a purchase. If it is your first time to this street, especially on a weekend, make sure you hold on firmly to your belongings or your child, as the place is crowded inch-to inch. You wouldn’t want to go back and look for something or someone like a needle in the haystack.
Kuala Lumpur is a great city to visit and be in, and the above a just a tiny fraction of the great number of interesting place in this colorful city. As some travelers put it, a trip to Kuala Lumpur equals a visit to a few Asian cities. It is very true indeed, as Kuala Lumpur is uniquely Malaysia, yet granting you an Asian variation of the many things you will see and feel here. There is so much to explore in Kuala Lumpur, so be sure to plan your days to make the very best of time.
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