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The meaning of ‘Kuala Lumpur’ is the muddy intersection where the two rivers cross. The city was found in 1857 at the junction of Gombak and Klang rivers. It became the capital for the Federal Malay State in 1895. In 1895 it was occupied by Japanese Empire in WWII and was ruled for 3 years. In 1974 Kuala Lumpur had the federal land status in the province of Selangor. In Kuala Lumpur, local government is responsible by the Kuala Lumpur City Council and is under the control of the Federal Ministry of Lands. The city is also known with its shorten version as KL. Nowadays, there are communities from Malays, Indians and Chineese living in the city . Therefor the city is multicultural and religious. Malaysia actually has two capitals nowadays. One of them is Putrajaya, known as the administrative capital of the country, and the second is Kuala Lumpur, which is the cultural and financial capital of Malaysia. Historical sights such as Temples are very well preserved. Tropical vegetation, rubber production, banking activities and Petronas Towers make the city special. In a short term as 10 years, Kuala Lumpur became a modern city. The population of the city is 2 million and its 8 million with its surrounding. 70% of this population belong to different religions such as Muslim, 20% Budhist, Hindu and Christian.
The most important income for the economy is coconut, rubber, pineapple and tea. They also have mines such as iron, oil, manganese and gold. Fishing and tourism are among the indispensable income sources of the country.
Petronas Towers: (1993-1998) The twin towers were built by the Argentine architect Cesar Pellini. The towers are 452m. high and belongs to Petronas Petrol Holding. The 88-storey towers were the tallest towers in the world from1998 to 2004. However, when the 101-storey buildings known as Burj Khalifa (Dubai) and Taipei 101 (Taiwan) were built in the following years, Petronas Towers were no longer highest. 76 elevators provide connections to shopping centers and art galleries in the towers. The 41 – 42 floors are connected to each other by a steel bridge. If you want to take a tour of the towers you can do so in 45 minutes but only if you have an admission ticket. Therefor you first will go to the observation place which is on the 86th floor and see the suspension bridge connecting the two towers. Touring the tower is 100RM.

Merdaka Square: The square was used as a cricket field during the British time. Independence of the country was declared at Merdaka Square. Since then, this square has been renamed as the 'Independence Square' where also State and Royal buildings are located.
KL Tower (Menara): This is a radio transmitter tower which is 420 meters long. There is a round rotating restaurant at the top of the tower. The entrance fee is 50RM.
Bukit Bintag: This is a popular square where many restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping centers and night clubs are located. The meaning of the Bukit Bintag is 'Star Hill'. Among these centers, Fahrenheit 88, Bukit Bintag Plaza and Sungei Wang Plaza are the well-known shopping centers.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building: Built in 1894-1897 with a fascinating structure. It has a clock tower of 41m. long. After the independence the building is being in use of the government.

Masjid Jamek: This is the first brick Mosque of Malaysia which was built in 1907. The building has Indo-Mongolian architecture and its domes are onion-shaped. In 2017, the mosque was renamed as Abdul Samad.

Malaysia National Mosque: 15,000 people can worship in this mosque which was built on an area of 53,000 m2. The Mosque was built in the form of a star with 13 provinces of the country and 18 ends are showing 5 conditions of Islam.

Suria KLLC: It is a multi-purpose shopping center with many brands, concert halls and art galleries. It was built in 1999.

Chinatown: While walking around this vibrant and colorful neighborhood you will see different kinds of Chinese made products sold at hawker stalls or shops. There are also Chinese restaurants in china town. Butterfly Park-Bird Park-Orchid Gardens: It is the park with more than 5,000 butterflies and 3,000 birds in this park. These parks are all in a walking distance. 

Batu Caves: Limestone caves were used as Temples in ancient times. The largest Budha statue in the world is also in this cave. It is one of the attractions and thousands of people visit it every year.

Kuala Lumpur is a city that must be visited with its modern life and tropical forests. We had a wonderful time in Kuala Lumpur .If you are considering a different destination and you have Southeast Asia in your program, I would definitely recommend you to visit Kuala Lumpur.


Today we are heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The city is in Malay peninsula where Tayland and Mynamar is also located.

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