Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

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The city of Kuala Lumpur is a major financial and legislative hub of Malaysia. It is the only alpha city of Malaysia that has many multinational and large business organization headquarters and planning divisions. The star symbol of Kuala Lumpur is the PETRONAS twin tower building reaching to a height of 375 meters. The city is in the valley of Klang that is pocketed by the Titiwangsa Mountains and opens on the Straits of Malacca. The business culture of Kuala Lumpur runs thick through the city. The cultural diversity of Kuala Lumpur, the Chinese roots, the Malay ancestry and the European trends make this city alive and breathing. The visitor is shocked by fun, pleasure, joy, color cuisine, and shopping by the sheer variety of Kuala Lumpur in everything.

Visa Requirements

Malaysia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Kingdom for a stay up to 90 days.

Languages SpokenBahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and English
Currency UsedMalaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Area (km2)243

Things to do

Kuala Lumpur is the sixth most visited city in the world with 9 million tourists coming to the city every year. It is a major service-driven city that also has branches of several world class hotels of the world.

PETRONAS Twin towers
Be amazed at the wuthering heights of the PETRONAS towers. The building was the tallest building on earth from 1998 to 2004. But it is still the tallest Twin structure on earth. The building is 375 meters tall and dominates the city skyline. The enormous structure houses offices of many multinational corporations, malls, indoor enjoyment parks and restaurants.

China Town Petalling Street
Chinese tastes and cuisine, golden dragons and jade tigers, the china town of Kuala Lumpur has both original recipes and extra crispies. Stroll in Malaysia, but visit China in this street.

Parks and Museums
Kuala Lumpur has the largest museum of Islamic art in South Asia. It has about 6,200 artifacts. The National Museum has the relics of the Kings of Malaysia, war regalia of nobilities and ancient vases and pots. The statue of Buddha outside the Batu Caves is also a tourist attraction. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Aquaria KLCC also are parks that contain breath taking beauty and are like a journey through nature right in the middle of a city.

Culture and History

Three main ethnic pillars have supported and formed the history and culture of Kuala Lumpur – The Chinese, The Malay and the British. Kuala Lumpur has been formed by the drive of all three to build businesses and thrive fully. The history of Kuala Lumpur begins in 1824, when Chinese workers hired by the colonial British were sent up the river Gombak to sift the sediments of the river for tin. Excavations in and around the area found major tin deposits and mining began soon in 1840’s. Miners from China, and the native Malay were brought to the locality, and the first ever settlement of Kuala Lumpur was inhabited by miners. The rise in the prices of tin brought more workers from India, including Indian Muslims. As a result, Kuala Lumpur became a town by 1857. To lead the mining workers, a designation of the ‘Kapitan’ was introduced by the British. There were fights among rival gangs of miner. Leading one gang was Yak Ah Loy, who was later made the Kapitan. Under Kapitan Yak Ah Loy the town transformed itself into an establishment that could be a home for not just miners but shopkeepers, businessmen and merchants of the area. Before Yak, the houses were made close to each other and were constructed with palm wood. Kapitan Loy cleared an area of the jungle to build a brick factory and under the direction of Resident General Frank Swettenham built the city again from brick, to save it from being fire prone. Yak also built roads that connected to major tin mines of the area and a railway line, a school and a city hall. The population grew from 4,500 in 1884 to 20,000 in 1890. After the development of the tin industry, rubber was high in demand. Rubber trees were grown, in the fertile jungle soil so that its sap could be converted into tires for the booming motorcar industry in the early 20th century. Companies were attracted to Kuala Lumpur so that they could make a base there. In 1942, The Japanese invaded and captured Kuala Lumpur and massacred the Chinese population and sent the Indian population to Burma as slave labour. Amidst this crisis, Kuala Lumpur kept booming. The Japanese surrendered to the British in 1945, after the Nagasaki bombings. The Federation of Malaya gained independence from the British in 1948, and so from that Federation, Malaysia was born in the September of 1963.

The ethnic locals of Kuala Lumpur include the native Bumiputera Malay, the Chinese and Indian ethnicities. Islam and Buddhism are the two main religions of Kuala Lumpur.

PNB Perdana Hotel & Suites

PNB Perdana Hotel & Suites

, Kuala Lumpur
Our Rating: 4 Stars Board Basis: Room Only Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nearest International Ai More info
Silka Maytower Hotel

Silka Maytower Hotel

, Kuala Lumpur
Official Rating: 3 stars Board Basis: Room only Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nearest Internation More info

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