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Tourist Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, once a small village, today is an industrially advanced city. It has high-tech, modern day wonders in harmonious unison with cultural aesthetics and values. It has skylines that you won’t get tired of staring at. It spreads its arms wide open to people of all cultures and backgrounds and is one of the most ethnically diverse cities. From tall skyscrapers to serene and green gardens, this city has a lot for you to explore.
Petronas Twin Towers
The tallest twin towers in the world and a modern-day marvel, the Petronas Twin Towers are a major tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia. These towers remained as the tallest towers in the world from 1998 to 2004. At its foot is the famous Suria KLCC which is a plush retail market, with several facilities like an art gallery, theatre, an underwater aquarium and a science center. There is also open space and dedicated tracks for jogging and running, along with play area. The sky bridge connecting the towers has been featured in many movies and TV shows.
The popular Murugan statue has been seen in many movies (mostly south-Indian). It is another prominent tourist attraction here. This statue marks the entry point for the Batu Caves. Its name comes from a river called Sungai Batu. This is a limestone hill that houses many caves and temples. The Thaipusam is an Indian festival celebrated here on a grand scale. For rock climbing enthusiasts there are about 160 climbing routes here. The surrounding village has developed into an industrial area over the years.
Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. Built in 1987, it was officially opened to tourists and visitors in 1989. It is spread over 2 acres of land and is run by the famous Selangor Association. This temple is an amalgamation of Chinese, Taoism and Confucianism elements. Resting in harmony with the modern architectural techniques is the authentic design of this grand temple. One of the main festivals celebrated here is the Mooncake, during the eighth lunar month of Chinese New Year Celebrations.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
This royal 19th-century building was originally just the office for British colonial administration. In 1974, it was named after Sultan Abdul Samad who was the reigning Sultan during the construction of this place. It has a clock tower at the height of 41 meters and is topped with a shiny copper dome. It is also the prime location for the National Day parade and during the New Year's celebrations. This place holds historical importance as the Malayan flag was hoisted here for the first time after lowering the union flag.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
The KL Railway station now serves as the second railway station for the city as the KL Sentral took over its place. This place still holds great fame because of its beautiful facades and derives its inspiration from the Victorian era and Islamic aesthetics. Inside this grand structure, there are hotels for accommodation, restaurants and souvenir stalls. Walking through this expanse takes us back in time. There are many intercity trains that still halt here.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
This 19th-century temple was opened to visitors only in 1920. Ever since, it has been a popular place of worship and an attraction for people. Though many changes were made to this extravagant structure in 1968, it has not lost its charm. This temple remains the oldest Hindu temple in the city and has a rich heritage. There are 228 deities sculpted in this temple. This temple opens at 6 am and closes its door to the visitors at 8.30 pm. This temple is surrounded by other attractions such as Petaling Street, Central Market, Merdeka Square, Guan Di Chinese temple.
Kuala Lumpur Towers
The seventh tallest free-standing building in the world, Kuala Lumpur Tower is another important tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. Its construction was completed in 1995. This tower offers the highest panoramic view of the city. There is a revolving restaurant here that possibly offers the best food with a spectacular view. This is also used to observe the crescent moon to mark the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan. It is also used for broadcasting purposes. The elevator ride takes only 52 seconds to go from top to ground or vice versa. Its view at night is better than the day with all the lights glimmering throughout the city.
Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
This 19th century structure is the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur. The temple is usually filled with devotees and tourists. It also acts as the cultural center for the Chinese communities in this city. Many students can be spotted here during exam times as Sin Sze Ya is considered to be the god of education in Chinese mythology. Fortune telling is another famous experience here for tourists.
Orchid Park (Taman Orkid)
This orchid park is located at the highest ground of Lake Gardens. It is essentially built to display, conserve and study the wide variety of orchids available. Spread over one hectare, there are over 800 species and over 6000 orchids altogether. You can also buy pots of these orchids made available at reasonable prices. The Hibiscus park is adjacent to it. To say the least, this place is practically a floral heaven on earth.