Considered the ‘heart and soul’ of Malaysia is the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, fondly referred to as KL by most regular visitors. The city has managed to preserve its rich history, having once been a tin-mining centre in the 1850s. KL aptly fits the title of ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia’ with its Asian cyber city, towering hi-tech buildings, skyscrapers, historic temples and mosques, shopping malls and glitzy hotels. The minute you enter the vivacious city you are greeted with a futuristic vibe, reflecting the economic boom of the sovereign nation-state.
The gleaming Petronas Twin Towers represent the rich culture of Malaysia with its museums, shops and eateries, while the line of stalls offering products of every description from leather, handicrafts, artistry to the customary ‘Dunhill’ watches attract locals and tourists alike looking for worthy bargains. The bustling Chinatown will leave you spoilt for choice with its attractive goods, while the National Museum with its interesting collections and beautiful Batu Caves will give you a glimpse of Kuala Lumpur’s cultural diversity. With all these attractions and many more, Kuala Lumpur is an alluring example of where old meets new, and vintage meets contemporary.
Much like its food, the people lend the city a distinct culture that sets it apart from other Asian cities. Wherever you go, you can hear the breathless chatter of ethnic Malays, Chinese Muslims, Indians and Punjabis. English is widely spoken throughout the city.
Let your hair down at a ritzy lounge, shop all day at one of the magnificent malls or test your bargaining skills at the quaint cluster of makeshift shops in the heart of the city. There is no end to the things you can do here. Climb the giddying heights of the Menara Kuala Lumpur Observation Deck after snacking on some local specialties in Petaling Street. The view encapsulates the feel of one of the greatest cities in Asia, and there is no denying it.
From high-end fashion in the cool comfort of modern shopping malls, to the thrill of picking up antiques and curios in local markets, Kuala Lumpur offers a fun-filled shopping experience. Test your bargaining skills at the night markets where you can buy cheap knock-off 'Rollexx Watches' and 'Praada Bags'. The once-a-year Mega Sale Carnival is the icing on the cake, with tempting discounts and promotions to woo shoppers.
Breathe in the surrounding beauty of this futuristic city from the top of the Petronas Twin Towers and Menara Kuala Lumpur Observation Deck.
The choice of cuisines available in Kuala Lumpur speaks volumes about the rich cultural heritage of Malaysia’s capital city. From ubiquitous road-side stalls to fine dining, the city offers Chinese, Indian, Continental, Malaysian and Japanese cuisine.
Rich Cultural Heritage
Kuala Lumpur plays host to colourful festivals and cultural celebrations that flourish all year round. The city’s multi-ethnic population observes their religious, cultural and national celebrations in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance.