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Kuala Lumpur : Home to Petronas Towers

When I think of Kuala Lumpur (KL) the only two things which come to my mind are food and shopping. It reminds me of mouthwatering Asian culinary traditions like freshly made rotis and spicy chicken curries. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city is packed with bustling food street markets, huge shopping malls, sky scrapers, minarets and towers.  Kuala Lumpur (muddy confluence) got its names in 1857 when Chinese prospectors landed at this place to open tin mines. The place is located at the confluence of Gombak and Klang rivers. List of places we visited during our short stay in the capital:

Petronas Twin Towers: The 88storey twin towers looks majestic in day time and dazzling at night.  Petronas twin towers is indeed KL’s crowning jewel.  The towers have a mid level sky bridge from where one can get breath taking views of the city. They have Suria KLCC shopping mall at the feet of the towers. I still remember the amazing tom yum soup I had in Penang Nyonya at the food court.  They also have a Rotiboy center in KLCC mall.  The aromatic buttery fluffy bun just melts in your mouth!

Petronas Towers

Monorail : Commute within the city in KL’s well connected train system network.

Petaling Street : There is always one mall or the other at every corner in KL. Huge shopping areas like Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Berjaya Times Square or Midvalley Mall is a delight to shopaholics!  Jalan Petaling Street is a little different from these glamorous shops.  Bargaining at top of your voice with aggression and getting the best deal out of fake imitations and fake brands is what China Town’s Petaling Street is about.  Its a shoppers’ delight who are on a tight budget.

National Mosque : The national mosque of Malaysia was built on the site of a church in 1965.  It has a capacity to hold 15000 people and is surrounded by lush gardens.  The main roof of the mosque is designed as an unfolded umbrella and the cap of the minaret is designed as folded one. The main dome is designed in the shape of 18 point star representing 13 states of Malaysia and 5 central pillars of Islam. (Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting and Hajj)

Merdeka Square : Dataran Merdeka Square is where Malaysia got its independence in 1957. One can see the Malaysian flag hoisted in the center of ground opposite to Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Aviary : KL Bird Park located in Lake Gardens is the world’s largest free flight walk in aviary.

Menara Tower Seri Angkasa :  Menara Tower easily trumps the Petronas twin towers with a sprawling height of 421 meters and is the tallest minaret in the city with spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur.  We had lunch at the Angkasa revolving restaurant. The photo below of Petronas towers and the city skyline is taken from Angkasa.  We could also see Hotel Renaissance where we stayed during our KL visit.  The view was absolutely breathtaking.

 

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