29 Apr Chinatown – Main Attraction and Things
Bukit Bintang is the famous shopping and entertainment district located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with numerous skyscrapers, swanky shopping malls, international restaurants, cafes, bars and delicious food in its vicinity. Jalan Alor is indeed a food paradise and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike.
Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world, consist of 88 tower floors, standing at 452 meters above street level. Constructed largely of reinforced concrete with steel and glass façade resembling motifs of Islamic Art, this iconic landmark of Kuala Lumpur is home to Suria KLCC which showcases exclusive retail outlets, a convention center (KLCC Convention Centre), Petrosains Discovery Centre and Aquaria KLCC. Most luxury brands can be found in Suria KLCC including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani and Malaysia’s very own Jimmy Choo, amongst others.
Encompassing a sprawling 6000sq. m with a 90-metre long transparent underwater tunnel, Aquaria KLCC is an underwater park located in KLCC. A sea of discovery awaits at this state-of-the-art oceanarium, which boasts of over 5000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures including baby sharks, giant stingrays and marine turtles.
Just 40 minutes from the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur, a towering limestone outcrop is home to the impressive Batu Caves. The caves were ‘officially’ discovered around 120 years ago by American naturalist William Hornaday. A short time later a small Hindu shrine was built in the vast open space, later known as Temple Cave. A flight of 272 steps leads up to Temple Cave whereas an enormous golden statue of Murugan is visible from afar.
The Lake Gardens area is a peaceful, green respite hidden away from the noise and concrete of Kuala Lumpur. Lush, alive and buzzing with life, the public space contains many interesting and free attractions for escaping the city one afternoon. Landscaped gardens, a lake, even a miniature Stonehenge replica awaits – all for free! Other places of interest located within the gardens include the Orchid Garden, Deer Park, Hibiscus Garden and Butterfly Park.
A visit to Kuala Lumpur for the average tourist is certainly not complete without dropping by the famed Petaling Street market in Chinatown, a shopping haven offering endless choices.
The National Mosque is a uniquely designed building that embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art. Its design is based upon the Grand Mosque in Mecca with 48 small domes and a main dome that has the character of a multifold “semi-opened blue umbrella” for the roof, symbolizing the 5 pillars of Islam and the 13 states of Malaysia.
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING AT MERDEKA SQUARE
Facing the Merdeka Square and giant flagpole in Kuala Lumpur, is the famous Sultan Abdul Samad Building which used to house the colonial Secretariat Office during the British administration. In present time, the building has been converted to the Supreme and High Courts. The unique Moorish-style building has a 41-metre clock tower, dubbed the Big Ben of KL.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
The grandeur of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is indeed mesmerizing. The main structure consisting of a main hall, ticket counters and offices is primarily designed with a mixture of Western and Mughal influence similar to Moorish Revival architecture which enjoyed brief popularity in late 19th century.