Kuala Lumpur, a destination out of the ordinary
Malaysia is not as well-known as its neighbors in Southeast Asia. Most travelers in this region of the world prefer Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia. After visiting these very culturally and religiously similar countries, Malaysia will prove to be a great discovery. It is quite the radical change, mainly from a religious point of view. Here the monks with orange robes are scarce and leave room for the songs of the Muslim prayers that emanate from the mosques.
Head in the clouds
Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur’s Icon, the Petronas towers leave no one indifferent. Symbol of wealth, they belong to the KLCC Property Holdings Berhad (KLCCP) and rise on 88 floors to reach more than 452 meters. Inspired by the traditional Islamic model of Malaysia, they include shops, a concert hall, a multimedia center and more. The two towers are connected by a sky-bridge 170 meters from the ground where it is possible to get to have a view of the city.
You can buy your tickets directly online at Petronas twin towers.
This tower also dominates the urban landscape of Kuala Lumpur. 421 meters high, it is possible to access a platform located at 276 meters off the ground and to observe the city. If you can afford it, you can also enjoy a meal in the restaurant at the top of the tower. You will have a wonderful 360° panoramic view of the city.
Prices for the different activities are listed on the Menara site in Kuala Lumpur. If you present a copy of this price list at the counter, you will get 10% off your entry.
Walk through cultural neighborhoods
Visiting Kuala Lumpur is also tantamount to being close to a great cultural variety. The main ethnic groups encountered are the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians. Walking through the different neighborhoods is a journey in itself. You can go from one culture to another in just a few minutes.
For tasty Indian food, Little India is the place to go. The scent, flavors and vibrant colors of the fabrics will delight your senses. Be prepared to face the crowd, as the Malaysians rush through the maze of narrow alleys to shop in the various boutiques and eat in the many stalls.
Chinatown will please the buyer that you are. The Central Market, an open-air flea market, attracts thousands of people who come to buy and trade various items, often imitations of major brands. Once again, be ready to face the crowds, because this labyrinth is packed with people and you can spend hours under the incessant noise of sellers who will try to attract your attention.
Meeting the different deities
Cultural diversity also means religious diversity. The main thing that will amaze you in your stay in Kuala Lumpur is that it is possible, in just a few hours, to meet Guru Granth Sahib, Brahma, Buddha, Allah and many other deities. For theatrical enthusiasts, Kuala Lumpur is an ideal playground.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Founded in 1873, it is the oldest and richest Indian temple in the city. The spiritual activity inside is fascinating. There you will find several statues of various divinities, believers who rub their heads on a colored powder and others handle inflamed containers during special ceremonies. A change of scenery is assured.
Masjid Negara: National Mosque
A place of recollection for Muslims, the Masjid Negara is the place to see if you want to know more about Islam. After getting in, a guide will lead you to discover this huge mosque that can accommodate more than 15,000 people.
Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist Temples
In Chinatown, it is possible to discover the three great Chinese religions. You will come across several Taoist, Buddhist or Confucian temples. Do not hesitate to enter these magnificent religious establishments where red dominates and the smell of incense will plunge you into traditional China.
Gurdwara Tatt Khalsa Sikh
To learn more about Sikh religion, a stop at Gurdwara is required. Once your head is covered with a funny turban, you can visit this enormous temple almost completely bare and clean. It is far from the baubles of the Chinese temples. Here, the cult object is the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book considered by the Sikhs as their Guru (spiritual master). If you are lucky, maybe you will have the chance to admire it.
At 10 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu caves are a Hindu shrine. Several temples were built directly in the limestone rock. To get there get ready to climb more than 250 steps. The caves are a great opportunity to flee for a few hours the pollution of the great metropolis since it’s very close to the city center.
Hit the road!
If you like walking, exploring the city on foot is a great opportunity to feel your soul and discover its riches, then Kuala Lumpur will definitely seduce you with its diversity!