The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located directly on Dataran Merdeka, Independence Square. It is one of the landmarks of Kuala Lumpur. It was built under the British colonial administration in 1897 in the Indian Mogul style by the Englishman Arthur Charles Alfred Norman. The highest court was here until 2000, today the building serves various ministries as an office.
The 421 m high Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower was built from 1992 until 1996. The tower is based on a hill that rises 85 meter above street level and therefor the tower is even higher than the Petronas Skyscrapers. The observation deck is situated at 276 m, the revolving restaurant one floor above. From the Menara Kuala Lumpur you have the best views of the city, on a clear day you can even see the surrounding mountain ranges.
The twin towers by César Pelli were built between 1992-1998. The Petronas Twin Towers are 452 m high they have been the highest skyscraper in the world until 2004 ,when they have been surpassed by 508 m high Teipei 101 Tower in Taiwan. The towers of the Petronas oil company are still the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur. The Twin Towers are connected by a skybridge, wich also serves as observationdeck.
Jalan Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur's most famous shopping street. On the covered market street there are many stalls and in the buildings along the street you will find shops and restaurants. Petaling Street is a vibrant pedestrian street. The side streets are teeming with life and many restaurants and food stalls make the area interesting for dinner.
The Chinese temple Chan See Shu Yuen was built as a clan house of the Chan families in 1906 and served as focal point for newcomers from China. The green temple is richly decorated from the outside. The groups of figures depict scenes from Chinese mythology. In addition to the Buddha, other protective gods are worshiped.
The Daoist Guan Di Temple is dedicated to the "god of war". It brings luck if you touch or raises his golden lance . There are some more Gods in the Temple to worship, the "Goddess of Mercy" Guan Yin, the "God of Prosperity" Choy Sun and the "God of education," Wen Chong. The Guan Di Temple was built in 1888.
In the middle of Chinatown stands this Hindu temple, which was built in 1873 by Tamil workers. The Tamils are from southeast India and brought the cult from their homeland to Kuala Lumpur. The magnificent entrance gate, with many figures from Hindu history, was built in 1960. The Sri Mahamariamman temple can be visited, but you should take off your shoes first.
The Central Market is a market hall that houses mostly souvenir shops. Anyone looking for presents should come here first, because Malaysia supports the local handicrafts with this market. The market hall in Art Deco style was built in 1937, but the market was established at this place in 1888. Next to the market hall (blue building on the left) there is a covered shopping street.
North of the LRT station Masjid Jamek is "Little India". A covered pedestrian street in which all kinds of goods are offered, meanders along Jalan Melayu street until Jalan Masjid India. The turmoil is just like on the Indian subcontinent. In the adjacent streets you can find indian restaurants.
The National Mosque Masjid Negara opened in 1965. There is room for 15,000 worshipers in the building. Islam is the official religion of Malaysia and that is why the mosque also houses the cemetery for the heroes of Malaysia. The modernist building was planned by the public building administration. About 63% of the Malaysian population are Muslims.
The Monument to the Fighters of Independence is located on a hill, with a beautiful view over Kuala Lumpur. Between 1948 and 1957, the Malays fought for independence from the British Empire. Built in 1966, the National Monument modeled after the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington.
A Hindu statue was erected in the caves in 1890, when the Hindu pilgrims from Kuala Lumpur visited the Batu Caves once a year. Also for non Hindus the caves are absolutely worth seeing and are one of the top attraction of Kuala Lumpur. The caves are located on the outskirts of the malaysian capital and are to the centre by train. At the entrance stands a giant, golden Murugan statue. You will have to climb up the great staircase and pass the monkeys, before you can enter the unique cave system.
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. The name means "muddy river mouth". The name Kuala Lumpur is almost always abbreviated to "KL". Kuala Lumpur has about 1.6 million inhabitants on an area of 244 km². Around 8 million people live in the metropolitan area. Malaysia has around 28 million inhabitants, so almost every third citizen lives in the greater Kuala Lumpur region.