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Kuala Lumpur and Malacca: Outstanding Sites You Must See

Skyline Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, often referred to as KL, is the capital city of Malaysia. It is the largest city in Malaysia with an estimated population of 1.73 million as of 2016. KL is likewise the country´s cultural, financial, and economic centre. It is also one of the leading cities in the world for tourism and shopping. KL scored 6th most-visited city in the world as of 2019. Malaysia is renowned for its tropical rain-forests and serene beaches. But also for its harmonious mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnic influences. Kuala Lumpur is home to busy commercial areas, colonial sites and skyscrapers like the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

Updated November 11, 2021

The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers-2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers-2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas Towers or the Petronas Twin Towers, in Malay: Menara Petronas, or Menara Berkembar. Petronas undoubtedly, make the pride of Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia. Their name originates from the Malaysian oil and gas company with the same name Petronas.

The Twin Towers attain 452 meters high, spread over 88-floors and count not less than 76 elevators. A sky-bridge connects the twin towers to each other at the levels of the 41st and 42nd floors. The upper floors host offices for several renowned international companies. While the lower floors accommodate over 300 department and retail stores. On top, recreation and entertainment spaces, prayer service premises, as well as a concert hall. And, naturally, cafes, restaurants and food stalls.

Outside the buildings, is the KLCC Park, which includes jogging trails and a playground. Petronas used to be the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 before Taipei 101 surpassed them in 2004. They remain however the tallest “twin towers” in the world and the tallest buildings in Malaysia. Petronas Twin Towers are one of the major landmarks of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower, and are visible from many places across the city.

Thaipusam Temple, Selangor

Thaipusam Temple, Selangor
Thaipusam Temple, Selangor

Batu caves is a Hindu holy site located in Gombak, Selangor, at about 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur. Generally, local tradition believes the Caves´s name originated from the Malay word “batu”, which means rock. However, the site was first known as “Kapal Tanggang”. Which in turn took its name from the local legend of Si Tanggang.

The holy site consists of several caves, formed by limestone rock and corridors connecting them. Whereas their age is estimated to about 400 million years. As expected, the cave constitutes one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Especially, Batu Caves are the focal point of the Tamil festival Thaipusam in Malaysia.

The main cave is also referred to as Cathedral cave or Temple Cave. At its front, stands a reinforced concrete made, gold painted about 43-meter-high sculpture dedicated to Murugan. Behind the sculpture, a staircase with 272 steps leads to the temple. Nowadays, the site is one of the most popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur. The plague is however that macaque gangs rode in the area and steal everything from tourists in the hope of food.

Malacca City, als Melaka City

Stadhuys, Melaka, Malaysia
Stadhuys, Malakka, Malaysia

Malacca (Malay: Melaka) is also called “The Historic State”; Malay: “Bandar Raya Bersejarah”. It is located between Negeri Sembilan to the north and west and Johor to the south. The state´s capital, Malacca City, is at around 148 km southeast of Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur.

UNESCO listed the city´s historical centre as a World Heritage Site in 2008. Consequently, the economy of Malacca City is largely based on tourism. Furthermore, the city is located along the Maritime Silk Road, proposed by China in 2013. This makes reference to the “One Belt, one Road” (OBOR) initiative launched by the Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Nowadays, Malacca is famous for its unique history and is one of the major tourist destinations in Malaysia. Some of the main tourist attractions in Malacca City are Porta de Santiago, Jonker Walk, Little India, Portuguese Settlement, Christ Church, Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum and Taming Sari Tower.