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Kuala Lumpur

Country
Malaysia
State
Kuala Lumpur
City
Kuala Lumpur
Type of Location
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Kuala Lumpur is served by two airports, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Subang Airport. KLIA is the aviation hub of Malaysia and it is situated about 50 km south of the city. This airport has good air-connections, domestic as well as international. The Kuala Lumpur airport connects KL with all the major cities across the world, while Subang Airport is used only to cater chartered and turboprops flights. Both the airports are well-connected to the city through expressway.

By Train

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is the main station that caters to the train travelers. A wide network of rail tracks throughout Peninsular Malaysia connects the city with other domestic towns and cities. Trains from Kuala Lumpur Railway Station run daily across the length and breadth of Peninsular Malaysia, covering every town and city. In fact, Kuala Lumpur is also connected to the neighboring countries of Singapore and Thailand by train.

By Road

Kuala Lumpur boasts of an extensive network of roads. Each & every part of the city is well-connected to other cities & towns of Peninsular Malaysia by highways. In fact, the city is also connected to Singapore and Thailand by roadways. Numerous high speed roadways or expressways traverse the city, connecting it with the rest of the country. These are usually tolled roadways, where motorists have the option of paying by cash, or by stored value cards.

By Sea

Port Klang is the major seaport to reach Kuala Lumpur; it is located about 64 km southwest of the city. It is the largest and the busiest port in the country. Moreover, it connects KL to all the major destinations by sea. From here, one can take ferries and cruises to places, like India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, East Malaysia, etc.

Key places to visit
Taman Tasik Perdana, Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Tower, National Mosque, National Art Gallery, National Museum.


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Places to Visit

National Museum

The National Museum or Muzium Negara is located just outside the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, and is Malaysia's main museum. The building itself is a mix of traditional Malay and modern architecture, built in 1963. Outside, a restored old railway train greets visitors along with other old transportation vehicles such as the very first Proton Saga car, bullock carts and a vintage automobile.

The museum consists of two wings that house a variety of exhibits, dioramas and galleries which include historical relics and artifacts, cultural items, arts and handicrafts, flora and fauna, weapons and currencies. From time to time, there are special theme exhibitions to educate and enthrall visitors.

National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin was established in the former Majestic hotel, which itself is a historical building built in 1932. It houses a number of galleries that range from permanent exhibits to temporary ones. The permanent collection amounts to over 2,500 art pieces, featuring the work of local and international artists. From time to time, educational programmes, workshops, competitions and seminars are organised.

National Mosque

The National Mosque is located near the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. Opened in 1965, the mosque is elegantly designed with contemporary interpretations of traditional Islamic art and calligraphy. Its unique feature is the umbrella-like roof which is cast in a blue hue. Visitors are required to remove their shoes as well as dress appropriately before entering.

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower, formally called Menara Kuala Lumpur, is an elevated tower to be found in Kuala Lumpur. Built during 1991-95, the tower is utilized for communication purposes. On 1 Oct' 1996, the Kuala Lumpur Tower was officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. It features an antenna, which soars up to 421 m (1,381 ft); thus, making it the world's fifth tallest tower at present. Its roof lies at the height of 335 m (1,099 ft).

The rest of the tower beneath comprises a staircase and an elevator to reach the upper area, which has a revolving restaurant that offers guests a panoramic view of the city. Annually, races are prearranged where contestants race up the stairs to the top. For seeing the crescent moon, the tower turns into the Islamic falak observatory to celebrate the fasting month of the Muslims. Also referred as KL Tower, the construction of the tower was actually a 3-phase process that started on Oct' 1991.

While the first phase saw widening of the Jalan Punchak and excavation of soil, the second phase started with the construction of the foundation and basement of the KL Tower. During its construction, for 31 hours about 50,000 cubic meters of concrete were poured incessantly, making a record in the construction industry of Malaysia. In May 1993, the third phase of constructing 'superstructure' was started which included creation of the tower shaft and the tower head.

While the tower head was getting finishing touch, the construction of the touristic building started. This tourist attraction is festooned with designs that signify the country's Islamic culture. At the upper ground floor, the main porch is adorned with wonderful glass-clad domes which shine like solitaires. Each of the domes was designed and arranged like the Muqarnas by the Iranian craftsmen. In short, KL Tower is an architectural wonder that should not-be-missed-out during a trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Considered one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus.

Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings. Visitors can scale 272 steps to access the caves and as you ascend the steps a multitude of cheeky and bold long tailed-macaque monkeys will dog your footsteps.

Taman Tasik Perdana

Taman Tasik Perdana or fondly known as the Lake Garden, is the oldest and most popular park in Kuala Lumpur.  Its main attraction is the artificial lake surrounded by lush greenery in a 92ha. (227 acres) parkland that provides a refreshing ambiance.

After a hard day at work, locals like to come here to take a breath of fresh air, strolling along the carefully planned paths or rowing on the lake. The park also has jogging tracks and exercise stations, as well as children's playground.

Attractions in the park include a Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Deer Park and an Orchid Garden, which are all reachable either by foot or by regular shuttle buses. From the gardens, you may also visit other attractions such as the National Monument, Parliament House and the Planetarium.

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