Kuala Lumpur or K.L as it
is locally known, began in the late 1850s. A group of tin prospectors
that landed at the meeting point of the Kelang and Gombak rivers
named the place Kuala Lumpur in malay, which means - 'Muddy
Confluence'. Shifting between colonial powers the whole Malaysia
peninsula came under British rule in 1913. It was known as British
At the commencement of World War II, Malaya supplied nearly
40% of the world's rubber and 60% of its tin. This pre-war boom
period also saw massive movements of Chinese and Indian nationals
to the region.
The British residential system quickly spread. Frank Swettenham,
the Resident of Selangor, chose Kuala Lumpur as his administrative
center and oversaw the rebirth of the city, ordering the construction
of new buildings using brick. In 1896, Swettenham convinced
the Sultans of four states to unite under the umbrella of the
Federated Malay States(FMS), and Kuala Lumpur was chosen as
the capital. The city became a classic center of British colonialism.
Uniformed officers and bureaucrats administered the FMS from
beneath the distinctive copper domes of the Sultan Abdul Samad
On 30th August 1957, amidst a crowd of tens of thousands, British
soldiers finally lowered the Union Jack for the last time in
front of the Selangor Club.
With independence, Kuala Lumpur was poised for its greatest
transformation ever. In 1974 the city was given the status of
In 130 years, Kuala Lumpur has grown from nothing to a modern,
bustling city of well over a million people. Superficially,
KL may appear to be just another modern Asian city of gleaming
skyscrapers, but it retains much of the character and local
colour. It has plenty of colonial buildings in its centre, a
vibrant Chinatown with street vendors and night markets, and
a bustling Little India. The Petronas Twin Towers skyscrapers
- the tallest building in the world - dominate the skyline,
while in Merdeka Square stands a 95m (312ft) flagpole. Despite
the economic crisis, Kuala Lumpur is currently the site of large-scale
development, Putrajaya City with works underway on a new US$8
billion city on the southern fringe of the capital as well as
an adjoining 'ultra-high-tech multimedia supercorridor'.
The traditional heart of the city is Merdeka Square, easily
spotted because of the 95m (312ft) flag pole - reputedly the
world's tallest. KL is a relatively easy city to navigate, with
major north-south thoroughfares assisting in the speedy movement
of people. At peak hour(s) however the city resembles most other
industrialised cities in the world. South-east of Merdeka Square,
the banking district merges into the bustling, old China Town,
where travellers can find a wealth of accommodation and restaurant
options. Due south of the square, past the main post office
is the historic Kuala Lumpur train station, while further west
is the 'green belt', housing the Lake Gardens, National Museum
and Monument and the Malaysian Parliament.
Along with the station, the major transport hub in Kuala Lumpur
is Puduraya bus station, on the eastern edge of the central
district. South-east of the station is the site of KL Sentral,
Central Station, when fully completed will be the main public
transport hub. The international airport, KLIA, is located some
43 km (27 miles ) south of the city. The trip to town takes
about 90 minutes by car.
It's hot and humid throughout Malaysia all year round, with
overnight lows rarely sinking below 20°C (70°F) and
maximums rising above 30°C (86°F) on most days.
Rainfall is variable and falls all year round., it usually confines
itself to short-lived torrential downpours in the afternoons.
The driest months tend to be June and July.
With so many cultures and religions in Malaysia, there is almost
always something going on. Visitors from Western countries will
need to check the local lunar calendar for the exact dates of
most events. New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, Worker's Day
(May Day) and National Day (31 August) are just a few of Malaysia's
44 public holidays. The festival of Ramadan is the major Islamic
event of the year. The Hindu festival Thaipusam - is celebrated
in the most dramatic way in Kuala Lumpur with devotees attaching
heavy metal frames to their bodies using skewers and hooks.
The celebrations centre on the Bata Caves.
Accommodation facilities available within Kuala Lumpur City
Centre includes Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Legend Hotel
Kuala Lumpur, Bintang Warisan Kuala Lumpur, Swiss Garden Kuala
Lumpur, Allson Genesis Kuala Lumpur, Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur,
Agora Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Park Plaza International Kuala Lumpur,
PNB Darby Park Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Malaya Kuala Lumpur, The
Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Melia Kuala Lumpur, Radius International
Kuala Lumpur, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Stanford Hotel Kuala
Lumpur, Nova Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Furama Kuala Lumpur,
Chinatown Inn Kuala Lumpur, Comfort Inn Kuala Lumpur and Lanson
Place Kuala Lumpur.
Places of Interest :
Other places of interest includes Merdeka Square, the site of
the proclamation of independence in 1957, the square, formerly
known as Padang is the centre of National Day celebrations.
Surrounding the square are many buildings of historical interest,
including the Royal Selangor Club, the Sultan
Abdul Samad building, which is a great example of the
Victorian-Moorish architecture common to Malaysian cities,
the National History Museum and library, Dayabumi Complex. Chinatown
is a crowded colourful melange of signs, shops, activity and
noise. The central section, Jalan Petaling,
is a frantically busy market that is closed to traffic. It is
most spectacular at night, when the combination of street stalls,
food, haggling and bright lights makes impressions on all five
senses. The old buildings are undergoing constant restoration
by conservation groups, are interesting in themselves, while
bargain-hunters and collectors of kitsch might be in luck as
well. Chinatown is about 300m (330 yards) south-east of Merdeka
Gardens. When the bustle gets too much, head to the
'green belt' - 92 hectares (227 acres) of planned parkland less
than 1 km (0.6 miles) west of the city. The main focus of the
park is Tasik Perdana, the Premier Lake. Attractions
in the park can be reached either on-foot, or by regular shuttle
buses. If you're into the birds, Bird Park
is an enormous walk-in aviary boasting about 160 species from
throughout South-East Asia. Orchid Garden is
where 800 species of flower vie for your attention. There are
also sections of the gardens dedicated to tame deer and butterflies.
From the gardens, you can also see the massive bronze National
Monument, Parliament House and the Planetarium.
Golden Triangle, the business hub of Kuala
Lumpur, dominated by the tallest building in the world, the
Petronas Towers. Surrounded on all sides by
shopping, commerce and entertainment outlets. This area contains
all the expensive hotels and restaurants, with nightlife not
for the budget-conscious. Visitors will enjoy the Kuala
Lumpur Tower - the fourth-highest telecommunications
tower in the world - with superb panoramic views on offer from
the observation deck. Batu Caves, just 13km
(8miles) north of the city, now used for Hindu festivals and
pilgrimages. This is where the spectacularly masochistic feats
performed annually by Thaipusam devotees. The main cave, a vast
open space known as the Temple Cave - is reached
by a 272-step climb. Beyond the stairs is the main temple.
To Kuala Lumpur
The national air carrier is Malaysia Airlines.
Most international airlines also has direct flight into the
KL Intl. Airport. From the airport various
mode of transportation are available including Limo Service,
Coach Service and city taxis. By middle of 2002, passenger will
be able to use the ERL
which connect the airport with KL
Sentral right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. Public transportation
in Kuala Lumpur includes light rail services (PUTRA
Komuter and STAR LRT), buses (Intrakota, Citiliner, MetroBus)
and the easily available red & white city taxis.
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