Kuala Lumpur Information
Lumpur (Jawi:كوالا لمڤور is the largest city in Malaysia and the capital of the
federation. Within Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is almost always abbreviated to KL.
The executive branch of the Malaysian Government has shifted to a new
administrative capital, Putrajaya, but the residence of the King of Malaysia,
the Parliament of Malaysia, and the judicial branch remain in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur is one of the three Federal Territories, and is an enclave
within the state of Selangor, on the central west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
- Area: 243.65 km²
- Population (Metropolitan area only): 1,479,388; (Klang Valley
Conurbation): approximately 4 million
The city is served by Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Sepang, which is
accessible via the KLIA Ekspres train service. The city was formerly served by
the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang Jaya.
Taxicabs are a reliable and fairly cheap method of transport for the newcomer
to the city. However, traffic jams are fairly common with KL. Alternatives are
the three light rail systems: Putra LRT, Star LRT and the monorail.
A new transit hub has been built in the Brickfields area named KL Sentral. It
serves the KTM Komuter commuter train system, the Putra Line of the LRT and the
Monorail. Intercity rail journeys have their terminus here.
Those wishing to take buses to elsewhere in Malaysia should note that there
are several bus stations such as Puduraya which is badly maintained, depending
on which part of peninsular Malaysia you wish to travel to. Most express buses
now terminate at the new Imbi bus terminal at Pasar Rakyat, which opened in
There are popular tourist locations in and around Kuala Lumpur.
- The Golden Triangle, the commercial hub of the city, contains the
famed Petronas Twin Towers and has a hectic nightlife.
- The Petronas Twin Towers are the world's tallest twin towers and
stand adjacent to one of the busiest shopping malls in Malaysia,
Menara Kuala Lumpur, the fifth tallest telecommunication tower, is
Lake Gardens, a 92-hectare manicured garden near the Malaysian
Parliament building, was once home to a
British colonial official. They include a
Hibiscus Garden and South-East Asia's largest
- The sports
Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), was initially erected for
the country's declaration of
Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), was the site of the
lowering of the Union Jack flag and hoisting of the Malayan flag on
the start of
square itself has historic association with its surroundings, namely
Royal Selangor Club and the architecturally Victorian-Moorish or 'Raj'
Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, a Victorian-Moorish railway station,
was completed in
KL Sentral in
currently serves commuter trains only.
Muzium Negara (National Musuem) incorporates neo traditionalism
into its architectural design.
Masjid Negara (National Mosque), a post modernist mosque, was
Tugu Negara or the
National Monument commemorates those who died in Malaysia's
struggles for freedom (principally against the Japanese occupation and
Malayan Emergency of 1946-60).
- Many of the largest celebrations of Chinese cultural festivals are
held at the
Thean Hou Temple on
- The Chinese Night Market area (Chinatown),
Petaling Street, has recently undergone a makeover; the most
notable feature is the new covered walkway.
- Cheap hawker food on the street is sold at Jalan Alor.
Batu Caves are a series of tall limestone
home to a
Hindu temple, that lie 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur.
- About 40 kilometres west of Kuala Lumpur is the city of
Shah Alam, site of a famous masjid (mosque) and 10 kilometres away
from Shah Alam is the town of
famous for its seafood and
Bah Kut Teh (Pork rib soup).
Genting Highlands is a hill top resort near Kuala Lumpur, famous
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