Saturday, September 1, 2012

Top 10 Must See Landmarks in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

10. KL Bird Park

KL Bird Park
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The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a 20.9-acre (8.5 ha) public aviary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is truly a favourite travel destination in the country, receiving an annual average of 200,000 visitors. It is located close to the Lake Gardens. The Bird Park houses approximately more than 3000 birds representing more than 200 species in an enclosed aviary. 90% are local birds and 10% were imported from overseas.

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9. Istana Negara, Jalan Duta (New National Palace)

The Istana Negara (Malay for National Palace) is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the head of state of Malaysia. The property is located along Jalan Duta in northern Kuala Lumpur. The palace opened in 2011 and replaced the old Istana Negara in central Kuala Lumpur. The palace complex has an area of 97.65 hectares, 22 domes, and is separated into three main portions: the Formal Component, Royal Component and Administration Component.


8. Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building
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The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) and the Royal Selangor Club, by Jalan Raja in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The structure takes its name from Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the timeat that time when construction began. The building accomodates the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia (Malay: Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Malaysia). It formerly housed the superior courts of the country: the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya. The Federal Court and the Court of Appeals had moved to the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya during the early 2000s, while the High Court of Malaya shifted to the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex in 2007.

7. Tugu Negara (National Monument)

Tugu Negara

The original national monument was not the one in the form of human figures but was a cenotaph which was situated in the middle of a roundabout. The British administration constructed the first monument, a 10m flat grass-covered ground to honour the fallen heroes from World War I, World War II and the Malayan Emergency.

The monument was later replaced with the National Monument, an idea mooted by Malaysia's first 1st Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and was commissioned in 1963. Tunku Abdul Rahman had the inspiration for the monument when he saw the USMC War Memorial statue during his visit to the United States in October 1960. The Tunku then personally met Felix de Weldon for a favour to design the monument. De Weldon was later conferred with the title Tan Sri, the Malaysian equivalent of a high-ranking knighthood. The huge tall bronze figures of soldiers standing and supporting their fallen comrades, which is opposite Lake Gardens is regarded as the largest bronze monument combination in the world.

6. Brickfields (Little India)

Photo:  Kawaputra
Brickfields is a small to medium-sized community and residential neighbourhood (as well as an administrative zone) situated just outside central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is known as Kuala Lumpur's Little India because of the high percentage of Indian residents and businesses.

Brickfields is very quickly evolving from being a residential to a very commercial extension of downtown Kuala Lumpur. The KL Sentral development project is one of Kuala Lumpur's largest development project encompassing an area of 290,000 square metres. It includes the KL Sentral transport hub, two hotels, condominiums, shopping complexes, a clubhouse, soffice spaces, along with a convention and entertainment centre. Much of it is built on the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu marshalling yard here in Brickfields. The overall project is expected to be completed in 2012.


5. Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square)

Dataran Merdeka
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Merdeka Square is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is situated inlocated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was right here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the very first time at midnight (time: 12:00 AM) on August 31, 1957. Since then, Merdeka Square has been the usual spot for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).

Surrounding the square are numerous buildings of historical interest. Just beside the square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building currently the office of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture of Malaysia. Opposite the square is the famous Royal Selangor Club Complex built in 1884 as a meeting place for high-ranking members of the British colonial society. To the South is the former National History Museum which used to house an enormous collection of historical items. The collection has been recently moved to Muzium Negara. To the North is the St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral, presently the Diocese of West Malaysia and the see of the Bishop of West Malaysia.

A 95-meter flagpole, among the tallest in the world, marks that spot with a flat, round black marble plaque. It is situated at the southern end of the square. Nearby is also the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which is still operational. However the main hub has recently been moved to KL Sentral in 2001.

4. Petaling Street (Chinatown)

Petaling Street
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Petaling Street is a Chinatown located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The placespot is usually congested with locals as well as tourists. The area dozens upon dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites such as Hokkien mee, ikan bakar (barbecued fish), asam laksa and curry noodles. Traders here are mainly Chinese but there are also Indian, Malay, and Bangladeshi traders.

In 2003, Petaling Street underwent a major RM11 mil face lift when two large Chinese arches to welcome visitors were positioned at either end of the street. A green roof cover was constructed, overlaying the whole street, now dubbed he "Green Dragon". The street is now totally pedestrianised and transformed into a pedestrian retail center. The Street is recognized as a heritage site.

3. Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is the name of the shopping and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is comprised of Jalan Bukit Bintang and its immediate surrounding areas. The area has long been Kuala Lumpur's most prominent retail zone that is home of many landmark shopping centres, al-fresco cafés, swanky bars, night markets, as well as hawker-type eateries. This area is loved among tourists and locals, especially among the youths. A part of Bintang Walk is assigned as an "Arab Street".

Bukit Bintang is one of the city's many shopping districts. Many of the city's major retail malls are located in this area, such as Berjaya Times Square, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Imbi Plaza, Fahrenheit 88 (refurbished, previously known as KL Plaza) Low Yat Plaza, Starhill Gallery, Sungei Wang Plaza, Lot 10 and Pavilion KL.

Imbi is a commercial area located near Bukit Bintang and being a popular tourist spot, the district is particularly crowded during public holidays and peak hours. The Berjaya Times Square shopping complex and hotel is situated in Imbi. Jalan Imbi is the primary road running through this area.

2. Kuala Lumpur Tower

KL Tower
Photo:  Bjørn Christian Tørrissen 
The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a tall tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its construction was completed on 1 March 1995. It is intended for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421-metre (1,381-foot). The roof of the pod is at 335-metre (1,099-foot). The rest of the structure below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also houses a revolving restaurant, offering diners with a panoramic view of the city.

Races are held annually, where participants race up the stairways to the top. The tower also acts as the Islamic falak observatory to observe the crescent moon which marks the beginning of Muslim month of Ramadhan, Syawal, and Zulhijjah, to celebrate fasting month of Ramadhan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Aidiladha. The tower hass the highest viewing perspective in Kuala Lumpur that is open to the public. The building is the landmark of Kuala Lumpur, together with arch-rival Petronas Towers.


1. Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers
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The Petronas Towers, also known asalso referred to as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the CTBUH's official definition and ranking, these were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101. The buildings are the most popular landmark of Kuala Lumpur.

The height of the towers is measured to the top of their structural components such as spires, but do not include antennas. Spires are considered actual integral parts of the architectural design of buildings, to which changes would substantially change the appearance and design of the building, whereas antennas may be added or removed without such consequences. The Petronas Towers nevertheless continue to be the tallest twin buildings in the world.