Sunday, July 7, 2019

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and it's the capital of Malaysia.  KL is in the west-central Peninsular part of the country.  It's the country's biggest city with around 1,7 million people.  The greater metro area is home to 7,2 million.

KL was established is 1859.  It received city status in 1972 and it became a federal territory in 1974.  It is among the top ten most visited cities in the world.  It might have something to do with also having three of the top ten biggest shopping malls in the world.

The Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque is at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers.  The mosque was built in 1909 and is one of the oldest in the city.

The Exchange 106 is the city's newest skyscraper.  Construction began in 2016 and finished this year.  The 95-floor building is topped with a 12-story crown making it come in at 445 metres (1460 feet) tall.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was consecrated in 1902.  The "Scottish Church" was built during the British occupation.

Petaling Street is home to the main Chinatown.  Lots of restaurants and food stalls serving Chinese and Malay food.

Stadium Negara, built in 1962, was the country's first indoor stadium.  The 10.000 seat stadium was renovated in 2015.

The Central Market was founded in 1888 by the British.  The Art Deco building was completed in 1937.

The KL Tower opened in 1996.  At 421 metres (1.381 feet) tall it is the world's seventh tallest telecommunications tower.  At night it is lit up in different colours.

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre was built in 2005 for the 11th ASEAN Summit.

The Upside Down House opened in 2016.  Everything in the 2-story house is upside down with the furniture arranged on the ceiling.

TV Al-Hijrah began operating in 2010.  It was the country's first free-to-air Islamic TV broadcast.

The National Textile Museum opened in 2010.  The building was completed in 1905 as the headquarters fo the Federal Malay States Railways.

The Telecommunications Museum opened in 2005.  The 1928 building used to be the old exchange building.

The National Museum opened in 1963.

The Petronas Towers is the city's main landmark.  The 88-floor towers were completed in 1996 at a cost of $1,6 billion.

At 451,9 metres (1.483 feet), it was the tallest building in the world until 2004 when Taipei 101 opened.
Today it's 19th tallest in the world but it is still the world's largest twin tower.

The National Palace opened in 2011.  It is the Malaysian monarch's official residence.

The National Mosque of Malaysia was completed in 1965.  It can accommodate  15.000 people.

Little India is cool little area with Hindu temples and delicious Indian food.

The food courts throughout the city are the best places to eat.  Delicious and cheap eats.

Putrajaya is the federal administrative centre of the capital.  The planned city was established in 1995 and is home to about 92.000 people.

The Batu Caves are about 13 km (8 miles) from the city.  It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India and is home to the world's tallest Murugan statue.

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