Over the last century, Kuala Lumpur has transformed itself from a small tin-mining town to Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital. It is an exciting and ever expanding modern metropolis where sky-scrapers rub shoulders with colonial buildings of days past. A colourful blend of old and new, KL offers a vibrant mix of historic monuments, inspiring architecture, delicious street food and plush mega-malls.
A veritable melting pot of cultures, the city’s history is a richly woven tapestry of Chinese, Indian, British and Japanese heritage. This fascinating cultural mix is reflected in the architecture of the city and the variety of shops and eateries found around the capital. Visit bustling Chinatown to sample some of the delicious delicacies on offer, Merdeka Square where Malaysian Independence was declared in 1957, or ascend the iconic Petronas Towers for breath-taking views over the city below.
You’ll find traditional temples and hawker stalls nestled amongst space age sky scrapers and shopping malls, local markets that sell jungle fruit and traditional kites, and you can be eating from a banana leaf in Little India at lunchtime, only to enjoy some of the finest Pan Asian cuisine in the world for dinner. With echoes of colonialism in old street lamps and public buildings below the huge Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur has the perfect mix of history and cosmopolitan buzz.
As the gateway to the rest of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is often positioned as a stopover destination, but scratch the surface of this vibrant city and you’ll be rewarded – this is a truly Asian city to enliven the senses.