This is one of the most emblematic icons of the city of Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers are impressive right from when you leave the subway station and then from anywhere that you look. Deposed from his throne of world's tallest towers, they are still spectacular, especially for its illuminations. But its exterior appearance is not the only impressive thing about them, the interior also offers a mall full of upscale shops. An office building that houses companies recognized only suitable for the rich and not for the mere mortal. In a world where it seems that you have to prove who is better, I must admit that it is visually amazing, another thing is whether this kind of construction is cheap or not.
The KL Menara tower is situated in the city center and offers an interesting 360 degree view of the whole town, and the Petronas Towers. It costs about 30rg and when you pay the entrance fee, you will go up in the elevator accompanied by one of the nice members of staff (all were very helpful and nice to me) and give you a kind of iphone with headphones. They ask you what language you speak and a very nice gentleman who speaks Spanish with a rather strange accent appears, telling you what to do when you're in the area which are the buildings you should see and a little history about each. It is perfect to inform you about some of the places to go, because in a country with such a mix of cultures and races like that in the beginning you feel kind of overwhelmed, but you have to take your time. This tour is very well organized and you come out of there safely with a much clearer idea of what you want to see in the city, plus you get the option included in the price to do different activities (pony riding, try a f1 simulator do not forget the famous Racecourse in kuala lumpur, an area where you can learn about the culture in Malaysia, with typical houses and playing instruments ..) pretty touristy so I stuck to climbing the tower. I highly recommend it.
Situated on the corner of Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Perdana), the Orquidario has about 800 species of exotic orchids from Malaysia. The walk along the paths lined with the colorful orchids is absolutely incredible, it is definitely a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur and be immersed by a floral scent, the sound of running water from fountains. There is even a small flea market where you can buy your orchid, but not before learning about the special care that they require.
There are many cities in the world that have a Chinatown, probably by the highest percentage of the Chinese population is in Kuala Lumpur. Going in to these streets is like being immersed in ancient China. The market is spectacular, with its unparalleled covered narrow streets, you can buy imitations of absolutely everything you can think of, salespeople call you but they're not annoying. You can have traditional Chinese and Cantonese food adapted to western tastes. The food market is nearly impenetrable, especially of the very strong odor. Buy yourself everything!! An unmissable trip if you're in the Malaysian capital!!
Close to China Town is the picturesque traditional Asian crafts market. Originally it was a Cultural Bazaar where traders from all over the continent showed their crafts and fabrics. Today the Central Market is a luxury market with all sorts of crafts and souvenirs from various ethnic groups that live in this city. The streets are themed and shops are grouped by ethnicity of the street, for example, the streets of India, China, colonial street, Arabic crafts and many more ... A good place for walking away from the glamour of the city's big shopping malls...
Very close to the Bukit Bintang monorail stop, is this picturesque street lined with restaurants and Asian food stalls, crowded with cars and pedestrians, with terraces for eating outdoors. The endless asphalt smells of exotic fruits and fish, grilled, fried, and even rotten in some places ... every three steps you'll be assaulted by a smiling gentleman or lady armed with their restaurant's menu, and the only way to get by is to insist that you've already eaten. There are all kinds of Asian cuisine here: Chinese, Malay, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, etc. They are cheap places frequented by locals.
In the center of Kuala Lumpur is the Masjid Jamek, one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. Located on the banks of two rivers, it was opened in 1909, and strikes visitors with its Moorish-style architecture. A series of domes dominate the building, surrounded by a tropical garden with green lawns and lush palm trees. You can only enter the mosque if you're wearing the right clothing (you can pick up a long dress at the entrance), and the prayer hall is a large room full of columns, rather stark and modern. It is well-connected by public transport, a short walk from Masjid Jamek LRT station, although the entrance is difficult to find.
Probably the most luxurious shopping center in modern Kuala Lumpur, offering more than 400 shops including many large international fashion chains. This place is frequented by the rich and famous from all over the world. In our case, most of the shops are for window-shopping only. The best area of the Pavilion is on the first floor (see: 1st Floor Pavilion Mall) where there is food at surprisingly affordable prices. In the main entrance is the Pavilion Crystal Fountain. This is a must see at night. It's a good place to take a walk if you cannot stand the heat in Malaysia any longer.
Kuala Lumpur is the most populated city in Malaysia and it is also the capital of the country. The airport is located about 55 kilometers away from the city center, in the district of Sepang. It is a relatively new airport, which was inaugurated in 1998. The facilities are very modern and it is equipped with all the necessary facilities for passengers such as shops, rest areas, duty free, cafes and restaurants. It also has a free internet service in some areas. It was designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. One of the most interesting things about its facilities is that they are surrounded by a kind of jungle vegetation which is typical of this Asian country. There is even a part of the satellite terminal which has vegetation inside. Another interesting point: the signs are in Malay, English, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic.
More than 700,000 square meters in size, with more than 1,000 stores across 320,000 square meters, an IMAX 3D, an indoor theme park, two 5-star hotels and almost a hundred restaurants make this building with twin towers of 203 meters high the largest shopping and entertainment centre in Malaysia. Getting there is easy, get off at Imbi Monorail station and you'll find yourself inside the complex. Here, you can buy everything you need, particularly technology (some dubious Chinese technology). One tip, unless you're looking for something specific, you will simply get lost inside...
Don't miss the amazing views from the Skybridge that connects the Petronas Towers. When you first arrive, there's an exhibition hall with facts and figures about the construction of the buildings shown and the there's a documentary about the construction of the towers. Finally, you get to visit the Skybridge. Only about 16 people can go up at a time, and the elevator takes exactly 41 seconds to get to floor 41. Once up on the Skybridge, you find a wonderful view of ultra-modern Kuala Lumpur, free from the pollution and chaos at street level. Definitely a must-see!
I spent a few days in KL, and the Kuala Lumpur Monorail was without a doubt the best way to get around the city. It's too bad that I was just starting to get to know the place when I had to go, as KL isn't the easiest place to navigate! The monorail goes around the city, but doesn't reach too many points - just the busiest. But my kids had a great time exploring the monorail, rubbing shoulders with so many people from different cultures, and flying so high above the city, over the traffic jams below.
This street is famous for being part of the golden triangle of the Kuala Lumpur shopping area. Here you can find boutiques, malls, electronics and a host of many other deals. However, very close to the street you will find Changkat Bukit Bintang. Here we are going to talk about something that is closer to home ... Spanish cuisine. Leaving the monorail stop, instead of heading to the mall, turn the corner at the Imperial Hotel, the road is on a downwards slope, and on the left is the street [poi = 117978] Jalan Alor [/ poi] and lots of Asian restaurants. If you continue down the street Changkat Bukit Bintang you will begin to find several Spanish restaurants (The Pig, pig, cow) in all of them you can try typical dishes from Spain. There is, however, one minor inconvenience: they are Spanish restaurants but without Spanish chefs or waiters, only [poi = 118254] Pinchos Tapas Bar [/ poi], the next place situated on the same street, which is a restaurant 100% from home ...
You can find this extravagant building that dates back to 1897 in the old section of Kuala Lumpur. It takes its name from Sultan Abdul Samad, the Sultan of Selangor, who was in power at the time of its construction. It is notable for its Moorish appearance, with arched windows, copper domes, and an imposing clock tower 41 metres high. The building is located opposite the most important square in the city: Merdeka Square is the heart of KL. This is where people gather to celebrate the new year. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is reached by a 10-minute walk from Masjid Jamek LRT Station.
Located in the heart of the Malaysian capital, Merkada Square is one of the most famous places in KL. This is indeed the heart of the old colonial district, where you can admire the famous lawn (which gave its name to the square), the mast on which the British flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag hoisted at independence, the Selangor Club, and several landmarks of the colonial era. You'll feel transported to another world, light years away from the modern city ... almost like being in Europe!
You will find the Hindu temple Sri Mahamariamman very near Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, parallel to the famous Jalan Petaling street and Jalan Bandar street. This temple is the oldest in the city, dating back to 1873 though in the mid-60s they built a striking tower, characteristic of many Hindu temples. These towers are called Gopuranm (temple gates) and are decorated to tell different stories from Hindu mythology and are dedicated to the deity Mariamman, protector of all those in distant lands to preserve them from the evils of the world. This temple is especially relevant because the procession at Thaipusam (Hindu festival) during the month of February starts from there. More than 15 kilometers north of the temple are separate caves where more than a million devotees of the religion visit. In principle, Mahamariamman Sri Temple was built for private use but the Pillai family opened its doors in the 1920s so that it could become a place of worship for many immigrants from countries like India.
These impressive gardens are situated behind the Petronas Towers and they are an ideal place to rest your weary feet after long walks through the streets and shopping centers of Kuala Lumpur. They offer unique artificial lakes, extensive lawns, kiosks where you can relax away from the scorching Malaysian sun, ancient trees and a public swimming pool where you can have a quick dip make this a charming spot from which to contemplate the impressive towers. The gardens are well kept and extremely clean. One tip: although it is tempting, do not stretch out on the lawn or you attract attention, you can be sit on the grass but you can not lie down :-).
Chinese philanthropist Cheong Yoke Choy founded this secondary school for Chinese children in 1926, after recognizing the importance of culture for Malaysia's Chinese immigrants. He decided to create a series of Confucian schools to teach Chinese children, offering them a decent future in their host country. A great example ...