The Colonial core is located on the Western side of kuala Lumpur and offers an alternative to the high rise modern buildings and the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.
The area centres around Merdeka Square and is very much reminiscent of olde worlde England, with its mock tudor style buildings and large grassy areas. It is the oldest part of the city and we very much enjoyed the completely different experience it offered us.
The area is very much at a slower and quieter pace than the rest of the city and it is a lovely place to while away a very hot afternoon in Kuala Lumpur. There are plenty of areas to sit and admire the views and enjoy the relaxation, especially by the beautiful waterfalls and fountains which give you a very welcome spraying of cold water!
There are a couple of things to see here too, the most notable being the huge one hundred metre high flag pole, which is the tallest in the world and is adorned by a massive Malaysian flag. It really is quite pretty fluttering over the square.
The surrounding buildings were built in the 1890s and formed the old cricket club. It really does feel like you've taken a step back in time and you can easily imagine what it might have been like there back in the day.
There are also a number of small museums in the area, namely the Bank Negara Money Museum and the Museum of National History, both of which are free to enter, although they do only house very small collections. At the side of the square opposite the flag pole is a cute little church called St Mary's. It is the oldest Anglican church in Malaysia and was built in 1894. It is a very pretty building and worth a look.
Down the road from Merdeka Square in the Colonial Core is the old railway building. It is still used as a station, but maintains much of its old charm. Many of the features are original including the waiting room, the signs and the station clocks.
This area in general is a must visit for something completely different to everything else in Kuala Lumpur and it really is a very pretty place to go.