Hindu shrines, Islamic Mosques and Petronas Towers

Trip Start Jun 26, 2009
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Friday, January 15, 2010

Checking in to the YMCA we once again power-napped the first few hours of the morning (these overnight trains are beginning to take their toll on us). The afternoon we decided to spend time visiting the National Mosque, then the Islamic art museum.  On our tour of the Mosque we were made very welcome by one of the guides, and ended up staying way beyond expected, and were even treated to food with the Muslims working at the mosque, all the time having a briefing on the history and practices of Islam, an unexpected but fascinating afternoon. The Art Museum had to wait for the next day.
Freshly educated, we went to the Islamic Art Museum and saw in detail pieces of art related to the religion, as well as tools and clothing that have a bearing on Islam. There was in addition, an exhibition dedicated to Mecca and the pilgrimages made by Muslims, including journals on personal experiences and pictures to document it. Fascinating, although we think we snuck in unintentionally! There was a side door we were directed to for entry by the guard outside, but when we left through the front door there was clearly a manned front desk. Whoops.
Next stop was the planetarium, (we definitely paid for this) where we learnt about space travel both across the world and more specifically, the Malaysians progression over the years. WE finished the day visiting the Hibiscus gardens of Kuala Lumpur, enjoying the tranquil pathways and orchid gardens that seem a million miles away from the busy city, when in fact it is merely a couple of hundred metres from there.
While in KL, we took a day to explore the Sacred Batu Caves, containing temples and walkways steeped in Hindu religion. You are greeted by an enormous gold statue of  Lord Murugan, who guards the 272 steps that you ascend to enter the caves. We were somewhat distracted at the top of the cave where the main temple was overrun by families of monkeys. Needless to say the majority of my photos were of these rather than the sights themselves!
Our last day gave us the chance to revisit the Petronas Towers, and this time gain entrance to the walkway that is suspended between Tower 1 and Tower 2, between the 41st & 42nd Floors, where we were able to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city. Incidentally the towers are 238 x the height of Drew Pearce, according to the computer on the tour! One other question for those of you who have been there; did you see the point in the 3-D glasses for the video beforehand?!
So our tour of KL was complete, Several Curries, Chinese Meals, and Durians consumed along the way. Our next stop was Melaka.


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