What to see in the capital of Malaysia, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest of this multi-ethnic city where different cultures merge.
Kuala Lumpur, a large densely inhabited metropolis, was founded in 1857 by a group of Chinese miners in the swamps near a jungle pond, at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. For this reason the name Kuala Lumpur was chosen which means muddy confluence.
The diversity of the cultures of the inhabitants, mainly Malaysians, Chinese and Indians, has given this city a multi-ethnic urban aspect, with a modern western-style part, including bold skyscrapers and large shopping centers, and an old part where the Chinese district is located , temples and mosques.
The Petronas Towers are two twin towers 452 meters high, joined at 171 meters high by a bridge, which allows you to move from one tower to another.
The towers, built by the Petronas oil company from which they take their name, house various offices, a theater, a library and a sumptuous shopping center.
The Menara Tower, intended for telecommunications, is a 421 meters high tower, considered the symbol of Kuala Lumpur together with the Petronas towers.
Inside, 282 meters above the ground, there is a revolving dining room, which offers a spectacular 360 ° view over the whole city.
Merdeka Square is a meaningful square for all of Malaysia, as independence was proclaimed by the British government on August 31, 1957.
In this place, where national parades are held, stands the historic Sultan Abdul Samad building, home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia.
The Kuala Lumpur National Mosque (Masjid Negara) is a very large building, built in 1965 on the site occupied by a church.
The roof of the complex is inspired by the idea of an open umbrella and the whole construction recalls various symbols of the Islamic religion.Recommended readings
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The building is surrounded by flourishing vegetation which is reflected in the beautiful fountains.
In the center of the city is the old Moorish-style railway station, inaugurated in 1911 to receive trains from Butterworth in the north and Singapore in the south.
The station, restored in 1980, was replaced as the main transport hub of the city by the modern central station.
Lake Gardens is Kuala Lumpur's largest public garden, located near the National Museum of Malaysia.
Inaugurated during the British colonial administration, it consists of a complex of gardens covering a very large area, full of attractions, such as the garden of birds, orchids, hibiscus, butterflies and deer.