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China Town Street
Photo: China Town Street.

front KL Sentralt
Photo: front KL Sentral.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. From its centralized position which spans 243.6 sq. kilometres, this ultra-modern nerve centre of Malaysia expands outwards to embrace the world.

Discovering KL (as locals affectionately call it) is like travelling through a time tunnel. Here, vivid traces of history continue to influence and inspire a country set on becoming a fully industrialized nation by the year 2020.You will see ultra-modern skyscrapers standing magnificently next to rows and rows of quaint old shophouses. Haute cuisine beside hawker stalls.

To the avid shopper, KL is paradise. From world-renowned designer labels and brands to exquisite made-in-Malaysia items, the highly competitive environment that exists among traders is a blessing in disguise to shoppers. While department stores practice a fixed price policy, bargain hunters can test their skills at smaller retail establishments or at any one of KL's famous night markets. KL will enthrall you. It will capture your heart and mind in a way no other city will.

The largest public transportation operator in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley is RapidKL. Since the take over from Intrakota Komposit Sdn Bhd, RapidKL has redrawn the entire bus network of Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley metropolitan area to increase ridership and improve Kuala Lumpur's public transportation system. The management of RapidKL has adopted the hub and spoke system to provide greater connectivity, and cut down the need of more buses. RapidKL is also the operator of three rapid transit rail lines in Kuala Lumpur, namely Ampang Line, Sri Petaling Line and Kelana Jaya Line. However, in many parts of the city, the Rapid KL system is a mess, and undisciplined drivers are part of the problem.

For example, the line U86 that runs between One Utama and the Kepong Sentral KTM commuter station has a scheduled frequency of one bus per hour. However, this works only in the direction from One Utama to Kepong Sentral. The back leg, drivers prefer to go without any stop (to increase their leisure time at the One Utama hub). With every second trip empty and non-stop, the waiting time for the back journey from Kepong Sentral can easily be two hours. No passenger will do that on a regular basis, so commuters switch to other buses, or give up on public transport altogether even though U86 buses are usable in the direction OneUtama to Kepong Sentral.

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Malaysia / Kuala Lumpur / Attractions in Kuala Lumpur

Masjid Jamed
Photo: Masjid Jamek

Merdeka Square The site where the Malaysian flag was first raised in 1957. Aptly, today it's where the tallest flagpole in the world stands.

Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur's oldest mosque sits right at the point where two rivers, the Kelang and Gombak rivers, meet - the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur.

Railway Station Built in1911 under the British rule, of Moorish design and architecture.

Taman Tasik Perdana The city's most popular park includes various recreational facilities and other attractions like the Orchid Garden, the Bird Park, the Hibiscus Park, the Butterfly Park; the Deer Park and Memorial Tun Razak.

Petaling Street Kuala Lumpur's original Chinatown, where shopping is a whole new experience. The unmistakable Oriental atmosphere is evident particularly at night when petty traders spread out their wares along the street. It's the ideal place to test your bargaining skills. A must for any tourist.

Central Market Formerly a wet market, this building was spruced up as a retail gallery for budding craftsmen and artists. A unique place to venture and perhaps pick up curios and antiques for a bargain.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building
















Photo: Sultan Abdul Samad Bulding Sultan Abdul Samad Building Kuala Lumpur's most famous landmark bears testimony to the intricacies of Moorish design and architecture.

National Museum Trace the history of Malaysia in the biggest and one of the oldest museums in the country. Inspired by the unique style of Malay architecture.

National Planetarium One of Kuala Lumpur's latest attractions, the planetarium offers visitors a better insight into mankind's new frontier, outer space. Don't miss the extraordinary lift ride that will give you a spectacular bird's-eye view of Kuala Lumpur.

KL Tower The third highest telecommunications tower in the world. Completed end of 1995, offer visitors a commanding, view of Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial Dedicated to the memory of the "Father of Independence", the memorial showcases the many aspects of Malaysia's first prime minister. It offers visitors a deeper insight into the life of a respected world leader and his legacy that continues to inspire the present.

Kuala Lumpur Street Atlas