Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL, is the gateway of Malaysia. Established since the mid 1800s, the city has become the cultural, financial and economic center of the country.
Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves
The Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers and a landmark of Kuala Lumpur. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. The towers feature a double-decker Skybridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. The skybridge is open to all visitors, but tickets are limited to about 1000 people per day, and must be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.
Merdeka Square is a public square situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Literally Independence Square, it was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang. It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time on 31 August 1957. Since then, Merdeka Square has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).
Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples Selangor. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (Batu River), The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps. To get here using public transportation, take train from KL Sentral and get off at Batu Caves.
Petaling Street is located in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown. The area has many restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites such as Hokkien mee, ikan bakar (barbecued fish), asam laksa and curry noodles. Traders here are Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Bangladeshi. The whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market after dark. Haggling is a common sight here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists.