The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a diverse area that includes Tamil, Chinese, Malay, and indigenous inhabitants. The most populous city in the nation, Kuala Lumpur is spread over 200 square kilometers and now merges with neighboring suburbs to create a hub of activity and commerce. The founding of KL was almost an accident. In 1857, 87 Chinese prospectors in search of tin landed at the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers and set up camp, naming the spot Kuala Lumpur, meaning ‘muddy confluence’.
Visit the Islamic art museum:
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is Southeast Asia’s largest museum devoted to Islamic art. Opening in 1998, the museum is home to more than 7,000 artifacts, ranging from jewelry to a replica of the mosque in Mecca. The collection features not just artifacts from the Middle East and Malaysia, but also from China and India. The museum has 12 galleries, most of which display items by type rather than geographic region. An on-site restaurant serves Middle Eastern cuisine. The museum is located near Lake Gardens and not too far from a mosque.
Scan the depth at aquaria KLCC:
Touted not just as a simple aquarium but as an ‘oceanarium’ housed in the depths of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC spans over 60,000 square feet and features a 300 foot tunnel in the center which allows visitors to explore the depths up close as they are surrounded on three sides by water. The experience is set up as a land to sea journey and aims to educate visitors on Malaysian aquatic life, from fresh water rivers and swamps, to the vast ocean.
Sunway lagoon theme park:
A little way out of the city center in the suburb of Petaling Jaya, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. Their slogan is ‘Come Feel the Fun’ and visitors to the area can experience not just a theme park but also a water park that is located on the same site, and a wildlife and ‘extreme’ park with wilder rides for more adventurous types. The complex includes theme park rides, interactive games, wave and surf pools, and even a zoo. The park also features dining and shopping options for those who want to grab some souvenirs.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple:
Famous for being the oldest Hindu temple in all of Kuala Lumpur having been built in the nineteenth century, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is well worth a visit for those wanting to learn about the diverse cultures and religions that make up this city. The temple is easily recognizable as you approach as it has a vibrant and colorful façade featuring a range of Hindu deities depicting famous legends.
KL Butterfly Park:
Adding to the greenery of Kuala Lumpur is the KL Butterfly Park, a lovely section of garden that functions as an insect greenhouse and museum. Like its neighbor the KL Bird Park, this specialized zoo utilizes an open-air method to allow its inhabitants to roam free in a naturalized habitat. Head to the bug museum at the end of the tour to see even more insects.