Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
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Intending to explore KL, I set off on foot at 9am the following morning. I made it as far as the colonial area, where some fantastic grand islamic architechture outshines the colonial heritage, before the oppressive heat forced me underground. I decided the middle of the day was the time for exploring KL's modern quarter, and took a tube (frosty aircon) to the KLCC shopping mall (arctic aircon), where the well-heeled buy, well, heels. I managed to lose myself, (I've always had a talent for this. The shops all look identical, there's no natural light, no breeze and there are 6 identicle levels, how anyone keeps their bearings in malls I do not know). Eventually I found an exit (not the exit, but in the right ballpark) which brought me to the base of KL's most famous landmark, the Petronas Towers. 3m taller than the Empire State Building, these are the tallest twin towers in the world, and were, until the 2006 completion of Taipei 101, and only according to certain definitions, the tallest buildings in the world. More importantly, they look stunning. They are sleek, rounded steel and glass constructions 88 stories high, with a two story 'skybridge' connecting the two towers at the 41st and 42nd floors. According to Wikipedia, they also have the worlds deepest foundations. (get me with the research!) My brief foray into the outside world to gawp at the towers revealed that the sun had not gone away, so I returned to hibernate in the comfort and distraction of a cinema.
The following day I visited the smart, modern Masjid Negara, one of S. E. Asia's largest mosques. By wearing my 'town clothes'- Pakistani drawstring trousers and long sleeves, I was able to escape the fetching, somewhat cultish purple robe that anyone revealing an inch of wrist or ankle had to wrap up in. The mosque, though huge, was mainly smooth, open spaces. Impressive, but short on interesting nooks, so it only took ten minutes to look around.