Kuala Lumpur started out as a tin mining town in 1857, when 87 Chinese miners arrived in the area. In 1862, the developing village was named Kuala Lumpur, Malay for “muddy estuary”. It became modernised in 1880 when wealthy miners built houses, and in 1963 it was made the capital of Malaysia.
Things to do
K.L is a city with more highs than lows, and you can’t get much higher than the Petronas Twin Towers. These giants are among the world’s tallest buildings, standing 452 metres above the street, and you can admire the view from the Skybridge or the Level 88 observation deck.
You won’t have to batu your way to the Batu Caves. You can catch a train straight there. A huge golden statue of a Hindu God guards the 272 steps to the entrances of three main caves, with temples and shrines inside. You’ll be awestruck wandering around inside these massive limestone caverns. You’ll also catch plenty of monkeys, monkeying around the caves and steps.
If you love animal attractions, Aquaria KLCC will show you the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep, from electric eels to otters to seahorses. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is home to over 3000 birds in 20.9 acres of landscaped gardens with an artificial lake.
Want to get your fix of history and culture? You can visit the National Museum or the Islamic Arts Museum. And don’t forget to pay a visit to the Thean Hou Temple, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the Jamek Mosque and the National Mosque of Malaysia.
Shopping and dining
It’d take quite a while to get through all the shopping in K.L. There’s Mid Valley Megamall, one of the world’s largest shopping centres with over 430 shops and restaurants. There’s the Berjaya Time Square, K.L’s answer to New York
, which has Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, complete with a looping roller coaster. There’s the Petaling Street Market, in the heart of Chinatown, where you can bag a bargain. And then there’s Suria KLCC, a fashionable mall full of designer goods on the first six floors of the Petronas Twin Towers.
Kuala Lumpur also has a heap of dining options: street food, luxury dining, traditional Malaysian (of course), coffee shops, and a variety of Asian and European options. There are also several rooftop restaurants, where you can see the city skyline sparkle at night.
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too! You can hire a car in K.L, or skirt the inner-city traffic by getting around on trains, buses or monorails. From malls to caves, you’ll love every inch of Kuala Lumpur.