Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of Asia’s fastest growing cities. It has blossomed from nothing into a contemporary, bustling urban place. Today, it joined the pack of the famous cities because of its soaring skyscrapers. It even holds the record of the tallest building in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, making a trademark as an Asian city with polished sky-reaching buildings.
Even with the speedy developments, KL managed to preserve many of its local culture, which you can seldom see in most developing Asian cities where local culture seems to dissolve together with modernization and development. Thus, apart from the regal edifices along its center, a lively Chinatown covered with night markets and street vendors as well as the busy Little India are also found in this exciting city.
There are 2 districts in Malaysia namely:
- Peninsular Malaysia - The district is where Kuala Lumpur or KL is located as one of its states. KL also served as the capital of Malaysia.
- East Malaysia - This is a bigger district in terms of land area. More than fifty percent of Malaysia is East Malaysia. Sarawak and Sabah are the key states in this district
Kuala Lumpur, aside from being commonly called KL is also named The Pride and Joy of Malaysia because of the state’s speedy economic progress. A progress which is attributed to the successful UMNO (United Malay’s National Organization) government, the country’s serving political party for a very long time now. A federation of 13 states and 2 federal districts, Malaysia has a Monarchy type of government. It has a King as a constitutional head and a Prime Minister who heads the government.
There are also 2 legislative houses:
- The People’s Council - This is headed by the Prime Minister, this has the governing power of the country
- The State’s Council - This has 40 members appointed by the King as his representatives.
The literal meaning of Kuala Lumpur is muddy confluence. From a city of humble beginning, it has developed significantly, especially in the 1980s to the 1990s. It turned dilapidated Chinese homes and mansions into towering edifices made of glass and steel. This Asian Tiger’s economy was boosted by the ever-growing skyline. This was the turning point of KL’s economic progress. Today, Kuala Lumpur’s busy streets and sidewalks are shared by fortune tellers, food hawkers, busy businessmen and guidebook-bringing tourists, all benefiting from the progress it had attained.
The broadmindedness of the people in KL is one of the major factors that lead to its huge progress. Malays, Indians, Chinese and Europeans, though coming from different ethnicity are all working along well with insignificant tribulations which you can also seldom find in other countries or continents with mixed inhabitants. For most of the Malaysian people, Kuala Lumpur is their Ibukota or Mother City.
You may think that these are all, but the dream towards full development is still to be realized. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had started this journey towards development targeting full realization by year 2020. With the Malay’s positive outlook and focus, it is not impossible to attain this goal.
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- Sri Mahamariamman Temple
travel tip by Ivan posted more then 30 days ago
A beautifully ornate shrine in South-Indian style, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is located in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown and has a history of at least 130 years. At the entrance of the temple there is a big, wonderful gate-tower...
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building
travel tip by Sophia posted more then 30 days ago
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- The Jamek Mosque
travel tip by Sistazzione posted more then 30 days ago
The oldest worshiping place in Kuala Lumpur, the Jamek Mosque has been built on the meeting of the two rivers, Sungei Klang and Sungei Gombak. The early settlers established their homes exactly at this confluence and built the mosque in...
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