July 2018


Keep it Real in KL
July 2018




The iconic Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur, the tallest twin towers in the world

Towering skyscrapers, bustling streets, exotic cultural sites and mouthwatering cuisine, the capital of Malaysia offers excitement and entertainment. There's always something happening in Kuala Lumpur.


Words: Alia Munsi


Among the top ten most visited cities in the world, Kuala Lumpur (KL) is truly cosmopolitan. The origin of the name has been linked to the once muddy banks of the Gombak and Klang Rivers, however KL is today a picture of modernity, development and a city bustling with commerce and tourism. A magnificent view of this stunning skyline can be seen from atop the famous Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.


Witness the grand culture and ornate designs of Malaysia at the Royal Museum, the former Istana Negara or Palace of the Monarch, where the regal rooms have been preserved. The new Istana Negara is a landmark featuring Islamic and Malay architectural elements. The quaint and ornate Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is an impressive structure presenting Mugul, colonial and Indo-Saracenic architectural styles. Located at the confluence of Klang and Gombak River is Malaysia's oldest mosque, the Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad.

Witness the grand culture and ornate designs of Malaysia at the Royal Museum, the former Istana Negara or Palace of the Monarch, where the regal rooms have been preserved.


Indeed, shopping and nightlife are the main attractions of the city, while diverse culture and cuisine are at the heart of the KL experience. Bukit Bintang is KL's shopping and entertainment district with modern malls, chic boutiques, al-fresco cafés, bars and eateries.


Brickfields, once the centre of brickmaking that catapulted the real estate development of the city, is today known as Little India for its vibrant Dravidian architectural structures and delicious cuisine. Animated with stalls and red lanterns, Petaling Street is KL's own China Town, a bargain shopper's haven and a place to enjoy delicious Chinese and seafood fare. Petaling Street is also known for transforming to the most happening night market after dusk. The night market experience is one of the top things to do in KL, and the more popular ones include Taman Connaught Night Market, Alor Street Food Night Market and Kampung Baru at night. Visit street food vendors and enjoy Char Kuey Teow, Laksa and Satay or relish Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng from mamak stalls. Central Market in KL offers shopping and dining with a glimpse of the city's cultural heritage. Within are handcraft and souvenir stands as well as hawker stalls serving Malaysian dishes.

EThe quaint and ornate Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is an impressive structure presenting Mugul, colonial and Indo-Saracenic architectural styles.


For bird enthusiasts and those looking to get in touch with nature, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, one of the world's largest covered aviaries, is home to over 3,000 birds representing at least 200 avian species. Bukit Nanas, which means Pineapple Hill, is the last remaining virgin tropical rain forest in KL where one can immerse in nature by taking a walk along the jungle trails. Explore the world under water and marine animals at the Aquaria KLCC, an oceanarium showcasing marine life from around the world.


Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful place offering many experiences that will thrill the adventurous holidaymaker.

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    The Royal Throne at the Malaysian Royal Museum

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    The historic Masjid Jamek, one of Malaysia's oldest mosques

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    The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station has a distinctive ornate architecture

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    A bridge trail along at Bukit Nanas, the last remaining tropical forest in KL

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    Witness marine life from across the world at Aquaria KLCC

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    Grilled vegetable and meat kebabs are popular in KL

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    Enjoy delicious Malaysian dishes at the Alor Street Night Market

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    A few hours drive away from Kuala Lumpur, many more experiences await. Take a road trip to visit the famous Batu Caves, a range of limestone caves and revered temple. The golden statue of Lord Murugan is an iconic symbol of Malaysia.

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    The Genting Highlands with its shopping malls, resorts, casinos and theme parks is a much-loved getaway for the weekend, especially to escape the tropical heat. One of its popular attractions is the Cable Car, which takes the rider to the top, where a breathtaking view awaits.

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    Though KL does not have a recreational beach of its own, one can always head to Port Dickson to enjoy the calm waters and beautiful seascapes at sunset.

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    Malacca, Malaysia’s oldest city, is also a few hours away from KL. The quaint town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has many beautiful historical sites to visit. Enjoy delicious Malaysian cuisine and street food or take a ride in the colourful trishaws.

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