KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia â€“ Kuala Lumpur (KL) is a city of rapid socio-economic and cultural development. It serves as an iconic symbol of Malaysiaâ€™s future as well as the future of the region. It boasts of 8.9 million tourists a year, making it among the most visited cities in the world.
The city is a cultural mixing pot of Malaysiaâ€™s 3 races â€“ Malays, Chinese, Indians. Itâ€™s very Southeast Asian because of its service-driven economy, and yet it's very Western because of its developed infrastructure.
An Indian heritage site in KL, Batu Caves (Rock Caves in
English) is the most famous Hindu temple in Malaysia and is dedicated to the
Lord Murugan. Indians frequently go here to practice Hindu religious rites.At the base of the mountain is a temple where tourists can enter
to get their blessings from Hindu priests. There are 3 shrines inside, one for
each of the 3 prime gods of Hinduism â€“ Brahman, Vishnu and Shiva.After going through the temple below, you can go up 276 steps to
get to the Temple Cave on top of the mountain. The cave walls are filled with
different Hindu shrines that tell stories of Hindu gods. There are no fees to
enter any of the temples but donations are accepted in the shrines.
Merdeka Square(At Night):Merdeka Square is famous as a historical and recreational park
in KL. It is in this place where the Malayan flag was first hoisted in 1957.
The wide and green field beside the square makes it a good picnic spot and a
spacious playground for kids.The
vicinity of the square is also home to many historical buildings in KL that
tourists can visit. Among these are the Old KL Train Station, Galeri Kuala
Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Fort A Formosa in Malacca:
Malacca is not inside KL but is nearby. It is actually the 3rd
smallest state of Malaysia, located 150 km southeast of KL. It is also known as
â€œThe Historic Stateâ€ because of its rich cultural and historical heritage.
During the time of their colonization of Malacca, the Portuguese
and the Dutch made the city their port because of its geographic location. This
is why there are many European-like infrastructure â€“ old churches, forts and
housesâ€“ that can be found there.
Among the famous attractions in Malacca are the river.
Menara KL:Standing at 421 meters above the ground, Menara KL is the 7th
tallest telecommunication tower in the world and the tallest one in Southeast
Asia. The tower is mainly used for communication and broadcasting purposes but
it has also become a tourist attraction for its height.
Petronas Twin Towers:
The Petronas Twin Towers is, perhaps, the most iconic building
in Malaysia. It held the record of being the worldâ€™s tallest buildings from
1998 to 2004, until Taipei 101 was built.