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Tourist Highlights in Kuala Lumpur

 

 

The largest city and capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is among the fastest growing urban developments in Asia. The city blends the old traditions with modern development offering great attractions for tourists and visitors alike.

The best starting point when visiting Kuala Lumpur should be the Malaysian Tourist Centre. Opened 24-7, the Tourist Centre occupies the mansion where the first free Parliament gathering of Malaysia took place after the country gained independence back in 1957 from the British.

One of the landmark symbols of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers are among the highest buildings in the world at 450 meters in height. Holding the record of the tallest building in the world for eight years, the towers feature 88 levels and took about four years to build. The Petronas Twin Towers were the backdrop of the movie Entrapment, staring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery. Admission to the towers is always free.

Another modern landmark of the city is the KL Tower, formerly known as Menara Kuala Lumpur. Home to various transmission equipments, the tower’s design shows a strong Islamic influence. The tower hosts cafes, souvenir shops and a revolving restaurant along with an observation deck. The revolving restaurant completes a full rotation every 90 minutes and the scenery complements the food delighting visitors.

For a “down to earth” experience you can visit the limestone Batu Caves, a complex of caves and temples named after the nearby Sungai Batu River. It contains one of the most important Hindu shrines found outside of India. It is important to show special care while visiting shrines by keeping children away from monkeys as these animals are quite territorial. Try not to feed them and keep your hands tucked away as they often bite.

Less than 50 km north east from Kuala Lumpur, atop the Banjaran Titiwangsa Mountain, you will find the Genting Highlands Resort. With six hotels, an entertainment complex, and one of the largest casinos in the world, the resort is well known by tourists. The entertainment complex offers several outdoor and indoor theme parks, two theaters, a great golf course and even a horse riding course. Be advised that you will be required to dress formally when entering the casino.

Directly in the center of Kuala Lumpur are the Tasik Perdana Lake Gardens which are a great way to relax in the city. Formerly the park was the home and gardens of a British official, but now the gardens are open to visitors and tourists. In your tour, make sure to pass by the Butterfly Park, the Bird Park, the Orchid Garden and the Deer Park. All of these parks are inside the Lake Gardens.

Another breathtaking park in Malaysia is the Firefly Park located in Kuala Selangor near Kuala Lumpur. Here you can watch the fireflies during sunset while riding on one boats along the Sungai Selangor River.

 



 

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