Long, long ago in 1857 some 87 sailing Chinese
mineral prospectors struck tinat the confluence of Klang
and Gombak rivers and christened the spot as Kuala Lumpur,
which meant "muddy river mouth". In contrast,
there standstoday a modern, civilised city, leaving far
behind the history of its tin trade.
Kuala Lumpur, the Capital of Malaysia is situated
midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, at the
confluence of the Klang and Gombek rivers and approximately
35 km from the coast. The Capital is at the centre of the
Peninsula's extensive . The capital city is the largest
city in the nation, possessing a population of over one
and a half million people drawn from all of Malaysia's many
Petronas Towers, with a height of 1,453 feet,
one of the world's tallest buildings rise above the skyline
of the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers
in Kuala Lumpur have become the symbols for the astounding
growth that has taken place in Malaysia over the last two
It is the Capital of the federation of Malaysia.
Getting there isquite easy with around 40 airlines flying
to and from the KL international airport at Sepang. By road,
rail and sea too it is easily accessible. The main port-of-call
for cruise liners is Port Klang, 41 km from KL. The city
is dotted with sky-scapers. The world's tallest building,
88-storey, 452-metre Petronas Towers, is here.
The other places of interest are Chinatown
and its night markets for food, Merdeka Square (the site
of original settlement), Sultan Abdul Samed Building (a
major landmark, houses the Supreme Court), Masjid Jamek,
Railway Station, National Zoo where sea lion can be seen,
Central Market, Petronas Art Gallery, Menara KL ( the tallest
tower of Asia, one can go up for a panoramic view of the
city), National Museum, National Mosque, National Art Gallery,
the popular Lake Gardens, Deer Park and Butterfly Park.
Chinatown, Jalan Pudu Lama and Jalan Bukit Bintang are places
where budget hotels are available.
KL is a shoppers' paradise. The shopping buffs
in KL are Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tianku Abdul Rahman,
Jalan Ampang, the Mall, Central Market, Chinatown.The national
Theatre and the Dewan Philharmonic Petronas are places of
music and entertainment.