Kuala Lumpur touring

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 20, 2008

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I left my hotel about 9AM and took a taxi to the KL Tower.  It is the world's 4th tallest tower with an observation deck (that I did not visit) at 276 meters tall.

Next I boarded the famous hop-on hop-off bus which would take me to a variety of sites that I could choose to see or not.  It was a double decker bus that even had an outdoor area in the top back.

My first stop from the bus was at the Craft Cultural Complex.  Here I could see a variety of local art, paintings and craft work.  Everything was displayed in smaller tiki style huts.

I waited for the bus and then made my way to the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in the India section of the city.  The temple was just blended into the street block of stores.  I had to take off my shoes before entering, but I quite enjoyed the temple.  The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest and richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown in Jalan Bandar (formerly High Street). In 1968, a new structure was built, featuring the ornate 'Raja Gopuram' tower in the style of South Indian temples.
From its inception, the temple provided an important place of worship for early Indian immigrants and is now an important cultural and national heritage.  It is the oldest functionining Hindi Temple in Malaysia.

After the temple I strolled on over to China Town.  I guess I didn't get enough from 3 weeks in China, but now I am visiting China Town in Malaysia!  I walked along Petaling Street which was an endless market.  

Next I walked out of China Town and visited the Central Market which is an underground market built in an art deco style building.  It featured crafts and souvenirs for Malaysia.

I later boarded the bus and my next stop was the National Palace.  I could not go inside but at least I could take some pictures through the gate and see the guards out front that resembled the ones in London.

Back on the bus and my next stop was the National Museum.  I was a bit disappointed for this museum to have the title "national" because it was really lacking and didn't really have any major artifacts.  However I guess I need to consider that Malaysia only had its independence in 1957.

My next stop with the bus was the National Mosque.  Once again I took off my shoes and hesitantly signed the guest book admitting that I was from the United States.  The National Mosque is Malaysia's principal mosque and one of the most prominent buildings in the city. It is located near the railway station, along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. The National Mosque, which took three years to construct, was opened on Aug 27, 1965. It is situated among five acres (13 hectares) of beautiful gardens.  Reputed as one of the more beautiful mosques in South-east Asia, this uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation.  The most striking feature of it is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation. It has 18 points, one for each of the country's 13 states as well as the five tenets of Islam. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret. The National Mosque serves as the principal mosque for the city dwellers. 

Next I walked over a visited the Islamic Art Museum.  They had a great collection of full size models of the world's most famous mosques as well as photos and information.  In the other galleries were prayer books and other religious artifacts.

Next the bus took me to Merdeka Square.  The Merdeka Square (Independence Square or Dataran Merdeka) is situated in the centre of the city. It's close to the Gombak river, the Masjid Jamek, Central Market and China Town. It's the core of KL's history. Here you find buildings like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, and the National History museum. Some of them peppered with Moorish flavour. A 100 metre-high flagpole marks the spot where the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957 signifying the independence of the country from British rule.

I then walked and visited Jamek Mosque and St. Mary's Church.

My final stop on the bus was at the famous Petronas Twin Towers.  I went to take the elevator to the 44th (of 88) floor which is where a bridge connects the two towers. This is also the highest point that a visitor can travel in these towers.  To my surprise I found out that although it was free, it is a requirement to get the tickets in the morning on a first come first serve basis.  I had arrived at 6PM and the tickets ran out this morning at 10AM!!  I was so disappointed and they told me to try tomorrow.  I explained this was my one and only day so I answered "maybe I will visit in my next life."  Then one of the girls pulled me aside and put me in a waiting list line.  Luckily I was able to go up!  It was a terrific view and I was 44 stories up and in a bridge between the two towers.  I had a magnificent view all around me!!

The Petronas Twin Towers (also known as the Petronas Towers or Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world's tallest buildings, before being surpassed by the Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world.  Designed by Argentine-American architect CÚsar Pelli, the Petronas Towers were completed in 1998 and became the tallest buildings in the world on the date of completion. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass fašade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia's Muslim religion. They were built on the site of Kuala Lumpur's race track. Because of the depth of the bedrock, the buildings were built on the world's deepest foundations.
Height comparison with the Sears Tower, Taipei 101, Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin Towers

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