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Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Kuala Lumpur. It is also one of the best gateways to an amazing trip through Malaysia. The city is huge and features a cosmopolitan lifestyle much like any other capital city. It still holds on to its rich tradition and culture and there is much to explore other than shopping malls in the city. The Petronas Twin Towers are the most famous attractions in Kuala Lumpur but still, there are many other things that you could be doing here.
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers is the most remarkable and most iconic landmark of the capital city. At one time this happened to be the tallest building in the world. It still holds the title of being the tallest twin tower in the world. There are 88 floors which feature a beautiful mix of the post-modern style of a capital city imbued with Islamic architecture styles. The 41st and 42nd floor of the tower looks immediately attractive because of the sky bridge joining the two towers. The spectacular bridge, so popular amongst tourists, serves an important purpose- it serves as a supporting structure during very windy days and prevents the tower from swaying.
Most of the tower is rented out to private firms carrying on with their regular businesses. The lower floors are home to the Suria KLCC- it is a decorated and huger mall with more than 300 shops selling all kinds of things, an art gallery, a Philharmonic Hall, a science center, and so much more. The towers are a particularly brilliant sight after sunset when bright lights cover the entire tower giving it quite the majestic feel.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park covering about 20.9 hectares is one of the largest in the world. It is home to about 2,000 different species of birds and is also an important scientific center wherein scientists study birds which are otherwise difficult to study in the wild. Most of the species displayed are local, though, about 10% of the birds have been imported from Europe and Tanzania. The bird park also boasts of a 30-feet waterfall among other things and the walk-in parrot enclosure is one of the most attractive points.
Petaling Street is home to the Chinatown area of Malaysia and extends up to Chan See Shu Yuen Temple- one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. The street is affectionately known as the Green Dragon among locals owing to the green shed that covers almost the entire street from start to end providing shelter against the hot midday sun or torrential rain.
The most exciting activity to partake in while you are exploring Petaling Street has to be the gastrointestinal journey. This street is lined with all kinds of food stalls and you have to try out the various delicacies offered. You have to try the special south-eastern noodle dish known as Hokkien mee while you are here. You can buy all kinds of exotic spices from the many shops. You may also buy traditional toys and other souvenirs from the many shops.
The National Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur covers three stories and contains some of the most fascinating relics from Malaysia's history. It is a cultural and heritage museum and has a collection of various articles including ancient weapons, tools, toys, and even a set of wedding apparel! It is built on the same spot as the old Selangor Museum which was destroyed due to bombing during World War II.
This is a peculiar museum with some of its most impressive exhibits being displayed outdoors. This includes a timber palace, built in the 19th century and showcasing a beautiful display of Terengganu Malay architecture. There is also a spectacular collection of sculptures made from stone and bronze within the museum.
Kuala Lumpur has developed very and there are many upscale malls- but nothing beats the fun of shopping from a traditional market making the Central Market an unmissable destination. The Central Market dates back to the 19th century and has a stall format. Multicolored, vibrant stalls selling all kinds of wares are lined up beside each other and you will find everything from daily wears garments, to traditional Malaysian handicrafts to articles made from pewter or silver. You will also find a grand collection of ornamental wood carvings on sale here, something for which Malaysia is rightly famous.
Kasturi Walk is an open flea market right next to the Central Market and is another must-visit site. Snacks, souvenirs, apparel of all kinds, and even live music throng this place sure to give you the complete Malaysian experience.
Batu Caves are situated somewhat 13km away from the main city of Kuala Lumpur. you can hop on a train from the main train station in Kuala Lumpur t head to this exciting and amazing site. It is one of the most popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur and you just have to witness it. The journey to the caves on the train is also very scenic.
The caves have a set of temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, the Hindu deity of war, and are thus quite an important site amongst Hindus. The gateway has a towering, one-of-a-kind, 43m statue of Murugan welcoming visitors.
There are three cave systems to explore. The main cave is referred to as Cathedral One- it is 91m tall and there are 272 steps, climbing which, you will reach some truly remarkable stalactite formations. The second cave is known as Dark Cave- it is a protected area and access is only granted if you are part of a tour. The third cave is adventurous and will require some physical fitness since there is going to be a lot of crawling and twisting through damp earth with possible chances of you getting wet.
Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
Covering about 7,500 m2 and housing more than 5,000 different species of butterfly, the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is the largest in the world. The park is covered with a canopy of trees and walk-in areas are carved into the jungle. You have to be calm and quiet as you explore these paths to find all kinds of beautiful butterflies resting on flowers, trees, ferns, etc. There is a separate breeding area where the larvae are cared for till it grows into an adult, mature butterfly.
The Perdana Botanical Gardens is situated next to the park and is another impressive place to visit. Covering about 92 hectares, the park dates back to colonial times and is just a couple of minutes' walk away from the National Museum.
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