Kuala Lumpur and Malakka: Unique Sites You Must See

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



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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. Kuala Lumpur 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 was the 6th most-visited city in the world as of 2019. Malaysia is renowned except for its tropical rainforest and serene beaches also for its harmonious mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnic influences. The country´s capital Kuala Lumpur is being home to busy commercial areas, including high-rise buildings, colonial sites and skyscrapers like the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

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The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Towers, 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. They are named after 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.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC Park

Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC Park
Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC Park

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, Malaysia

Thaipusam Temple, Selangor, Malaysia
Thaipusam Temple, Selangor, Malaysia

Batu caves is a Hindu holy site located in Gombak, Selangor, at about 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur. Its name originates from the Malay word “batu”, which means rock. 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. Their age is estimated at about 400 million years. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of the Tamil festival Thaipusam in Malaysia.

The main cave is also known 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 area is also known for macaques, which steal everything from tourists in the hope of food.

Malacca City, Melaka/Malacca

Stadhuys Melaka Malaysia
Stadhuys Melaka 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 is Malacca City. 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. The head of state is the Governor rather than the Sultan that was in usage until the conquest of the city by the Portuguese in 1511.

Masjid Mosque, Melaka, Malaysia
Masjid Mosque, Melaka, Malaysia

Nowadays, the head of state is the Governor instead. 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.



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