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A Brief Visit to KL

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An August 2002 trip to Kuala Lumpur by phileasfogg

Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Perdana) Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: KL -- as Kuala Lumpur is called by all -- was part of a three-country tour: Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. We had few hopes of KL to begin with, but found that this interesting multicultural city has some pleasant surprises up its colourful sleeve.

A Brief Visit to KL

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KL at night Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur’s distinctly 'modern' -- there’s something definitely 20th century about its sophisticated steel buildings (especially the Petronas Twin Towers, the main hallmark of the city) and its smart railway stations. The city's not splendidly ethnic and historic like Penang; nor is it pretty like Langkawi -- but it has its own charm, even though that does take a while to grow on you. Give it time, though, and you’ll find places and experiences to interest you. The Petronas Towers are, of course, the major highlight of any trip to KL; and so is the not-so-imposing Menara Olympia. There’s the Masjed Jamek, the national mosque, with its interestingly unconventional domes; the...Read More

Islamic Art Museum

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Attraction | "Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia"

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Kuala Lumpur’s short on great sights (barring the Petronas Towers, of course), but here’s one you can’t afford to miss: the Islamic Arts Museum. It sits tucked away in the Lake Gardens, and we (I must admit!) came upon it by chance- a stunning building topped with an ornately embellished blue dome and a beautifully worked façade.The Museum’s considered the best of its kind anywhere in the world, and it’s easy to see why: the two huge floors it occupies are an amazing insight into Islamic art and its sheer variety. There’s just about everything here that’s got anything to do with art, applied and otherwise. There are countless illuminated Qurans, manuscri...Read More

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Islamic Art Museum
Jalan Lembah Perdana
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50480
+60 3 2274 2020

Petronas Twin Towers

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Attraction | "The Petronas Twin Towers"

Petronas Twin Towers Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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The one structure which truly dominates Kuala Lumpur is the gleaming twin-towered Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest building. It’s sleek, sophisticated and totally twenty-first century- and way up there on Kuala Lumpur’s sights-to-see. Okay, my husband and I are more into museums, historical monuments and local bazaars- `culture vultures’ as a very highbrow friend had once deprecatingly told us not to describe her; but we couldn’t possibly leave KL without checking out the Towers, could we?So off we went, one warm morning, taking the local Putra LRT train to KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), from where Petronas is a hop, skip and jump away. Every morning, 8.30 onwards, 1,300 free visitor p...Read More

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Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Kuala Lumpur 50088
60 3 382 8000

Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Perdana)

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Attraction | "The Lake Gardens & The Butterfly Garden"

Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Perdana) Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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The Lake Gardens were right up there on all the `must see in KL’ lists we’d gleaned from books and websites, so one fine day, after having spent some time jostling through the busy bazaars of the city, we took a train to KL Sentral, from where we got a taxi to the Lake Gardens. The Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana) centre around an artificial lake, and spread out over an expanse of 229 acres. It’s a huge sprawling complex of trees (mainly jacaranda, palms, bamboo and eucalyptus), watercourses and ponds. Jogging trails lead through the area and every now and then there’s a pebble path, covered with smooth round pebbles over which you can walk, barefooted, to try some reflexology on yourself....Read More

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Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Perdana)
Jalan Perdana
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50480
+60 3 2691 6011

Menara Olympia

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Menara Olympia Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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The Petronas Towers may be Kuala Lumpur’s most well-known landmark, but the Menara Olympia isn’t too far behind. Kuala Lumpur’s pride and joy, the 421 mt high Menara Olympia is a telecommunications tower (the fourth tallest in the world) and offers a stunning view of the city below. The word menara is Malay for `tower’, and the tower’s architectural basis is the Islamic muqarna (squinch). I didn’t think the tower at all pretty, really (except for the rather nice blue-and-ochre tilework at the entrance), but the view from the top is great. The Menara Olympia stands atop a hill which is part of the Bukit Nanas reserve- there’s a fair bit of greenery around, and we even saw a few dark grey ...Read More

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Menara Olympia
Bukit Nanas
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Central Market Chinatown

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Attraction | "Jalan Petaling and Central Market"

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Jalan Petaling and its nearby Central Market (both in the heart of Chinatown) are more or less the hub of street life in Kuala Lumpur. A busy, heaving and extremely colourful warren of narrow lanes, tiny shops, glittering stores, rickety stalls and more, this is the place to come for shopping, for eating out, for getting a taste of KL at its busiest.The entire area’s very cosmopolitan and very exotic- every other shop has a name lettered in Chinese (or in some cases, Tamil- the Indian presence is very obvious here, where many restaurants specialise in `curry foods’; lots of women wander around in saris and salwar kurtas; sellers of pirated VCDs and DVDs sell Hindi movie prints; and the latest Hindi...Read More

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Central Market Chinatown
Jalan Hang Kasturi
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50050
+60 3 2274 6542

Genting Highlands

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Genting Highlands Photo, Genting, Malaysia
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51 km from Kuala Lumpur is one of Malaysia’s most popular hill resorts- Genting Highlands. No, not a tranquil little place where you can have the misty hills all to yourself; this is a huge amusement complex, and the crowds are noisy and colourful. The bus from KL to Genting Highlands leaves from the Puduraya bus station (a dirty, crowded place reeking of petrol fumes), but the hour’s drive to the Highlands makes up for the pollution at the station. The road passes in front of Batu Caves (home to an important Hindu shrine), through open country and then through the hills, which are thickly forested with bamboo, banana, coconut palm, tree fern, orchids and hibiscus- all of it cool and dense, with a ver...Read More

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Genting Highlands
Genting Highlands Resort
Genting 69000
+60 3 2111 1118