Kuala Lumpur GARDEN CITY OF LIGHT, or Kuala Lumpur, meaning 'muddy river', was first settled by the Chinese in the 1950's and slowly grew into a mining town. In 1886, it was made the capital of Federated Malay States which later became Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is known as KL to its residents. The city displays a perfect mix of ancient and modern architecture, blending perfectly with oriental and western influences.
By day, the city beats to the drum of international commerce and finance. By night, KL is lit with an abundance of fairy lights and evening entertainment pulsates with bars, restaurants, cafes, pubs, discotheques and so forth. The Petronas Twin Tower, the largest building in the world is located in the city centre. From every vantage point in the city, the Twin Tower can be seen looming majestically; as is the Menara Kuala Lumpur, the tallest tower in South East Asia.
The cultural side of KL offers a medley of museums, art galleries, theatres, world-class concert halls and an array of mosques, temples, churches and Hindu shrines.
Kuala Lumpur is adept at reconciling the old with the new. How the city excels at striking this balance is clearly observed in how the colonial fašade and structure of the Sultan Abdul Samad building blends intimately with the tall, freestanding wonder of The Petronas Twin Towers. Naturally, there's more to the face and feature of Kuala Lumpur than these two world famous landmarks. The old railway station is one. The Masjid Jamek is another. And then, there's the new headquarters of Telekom Malaysia that curves skyward in its design and daring.
One thing you'll discover in Kuala Lumpur is the many priceless moments you get to sit back and reflect. Amidst the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan city, lies a calming yet serious appreciation of culture and the crafts.