Mayor’S Message | Selamat Datang to KL!
he first Hello KL e-Newsletter has proven to be a success and has been read by tourism professionals all over the world. Having reached out to a database of almost 7,000 industry professionals, it has bi-montlhly updated tourism players of the latest developments and products in Kuala Lumpur. Moving forward, I am very excited with the evolution of Hello KL from an e-Newsletter to an e-Magazine, which puts it at par with other international destination publications. We have revamped the content, design and presentation to keep up with current trends. Keeping abreast with the latest in publishing technology, the e-Magazine will be hosted on web publishing. This is the ideal platform for Hello KL, due to its potential to expand the readership beyond our database. Despite global challenges in tourism, and travel in general, we are confident of maintaining our target to achieve 12 million tourist arrivals in Kuala Lumpur this year. As we continue to rollout the strategies outlined in the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025, the industry will begin to reap the rewards of these efforts. With the latest branding strategy in place, Kuala Lumpur can now be clearly positioned as a city of contrasts and diversity. After all, this is one of the city’s key attributes that has been identified and articulated in a distinct destination branding. As the brand becomes more widely known and understood, Kuala Lumpur will be easily distinguished from other major cities in the region. This will allow it to stand out in the minds of tourists from all over the world.
The best way to achieve our goal of 12 million tourist arrivals is to focus on building the city’s destination brand and to deliver the best on-ground experience.
Since its launch, the new branding has been well accepted by tourism industry professionals, as they understand how a strong destination brand will assist them in selling Kuala Lumpur as a preferred destination. Kuala Lumpur continues to get the strong support from various players such as international airlines, international tour agents and even business events organisers. In recent years we have received many international recognition and accolades for our achievements in growth and development of the industry. This only means that we must continue the hard work to maintain our status or even improve upon them to become the number one on many of these listings. The best way to achieve our goal of 12 million tourist arrivals is to focus on building the city’s destination brand and to deliver the best on-ground experience. I urge all tourism industry stakeholders to strive towards continuing to develop and grow tourism in Kuala Lumpur.
Datuk Seri Hj Mhd Amin Nordin Bin Abd Aziz Mayor of Kuala Lumpur
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elcome to the first edition of Hello KL e-Magazine. The editorial team has made some significant improvements in the delivery of information over the previous e-Newsletter. I sincerely hope you will find this format easier to read.
In this inaugural issue of Hello KL e-Magazine, we will be covering a number of new products in Kuala Lumpur. Among them are the new KL Sky Tours operating from the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, KL Tower’s new “Sky Box” and the new KL Upside-Down House. We have also featured the latest phase of development for TREC, Kuala Lumpur’s latest entertainment hub. Being the month of August, we have decided to make this issue our Merdeka Special Issue. We have a number of articles that focus on the history of Kuala Lumpur with a special emphasis on heritage and the nation’s road to Merdeka. With these articles, tourists will have a better understanding of our history and will be more intrigued when they are exploring the city. We hope that these articles will also provide some insights and fresh ideas for agents to develop more creative tours that explore the city’s rich heritage. We have covered the rich history of Kampong Bharu, which can be explored on the Free Guided Walking Tours of this area.
We hope that these articles will also provide some insights and fresh ideas for travel agents to develop more creative tours that explore the city’s heritage buildings.
There will be a number of significant events happening in the city during the months of August and September. The highlights in August will be the Merdeka Day celebrations and the annual Merdeka Parade on the 31st of the month. Also during this period, the 1Malaysia Mega Sale will still be on-going till the 31st of August. This is a particularly attractive time for those who enjoy a shopping spree as there are many bargains available. On the 24th of September, we will also have another spectacular event in the form of Citrawarna. This cultural extravaganza has become a popular annual event for tourists. Foodies will look forward to the inaugural Kampong Bharu Malay Food Festival that will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of September. From the 30th of September to the 2nd of October, the event all motorsports fans will be waiting for, the 2016 FORMULA 1 MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX will take place at the Sepang International Circuit. This year, the event dates have been changed to come right after the Singapore race. Many international fans will stay on in the region to attend both races. And from the 28th to the 30th of October the Malaysian MOTOGP will take place at the same venue. The Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau is active in social media and those who would like to keep abreast with the latest events and happenings in Kuala Lumpur, do log on to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Visitklofficial/) and follow the weekly updates on our Twitter. I hope you find this new format of magazine interesting. Happy reading.
General Manager Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau
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Merdeka - Feature StorIES
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Merdeka Story Kuala Lumpur before independence Kampong Bharu -A historycally significant neighbourhood Heritage Guided Walking Tours Heritage Food Coliseum Cafe & Hotel Heritage Food Bubur Lambuk
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Citrawarna Merdeka Day Parade 2016 Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix KL Tower International Jump Malaysia 2016
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Taste MIGF 2016
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KL New Branding Twin Tower ranked by Tripadvisor 7th in the world
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Did you know What Tourists Say Welcome St. Regis KL Accolades Kuala Lumpur Popular Attraction
KL Sky Tour KL Tower Sky Box KL Upside Down House Trec KL - Newphase Opens
FRONT COVER : Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysiaâ€™s first Prime Minister proclaiming independence at Merdeka Stadium.
Mayor of Kuala Lumpur – Datuk Seri Hj Mhd Amin Nordin Bin Abd Aziz (third from left) is accompanied by (from left) DBKL Executive Director (Management) – Datuk Abdul Samad Lope Pihie, KL Tourism Bureau Advisory Board Member – Datuk Seri Tunku Iskandar Tunku Abdullah, , Pemandu Director (NKEA Tourism & SRI - Competition, Standard & Liberalisation) – Dr. Sarinder Kumari and Tourism Malaysia director-general – Datuk Seri Mirza Mohamad Taiyab at the launch.
KL’s New Branding The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Hj Mhd Amin Nordin Bin Abd Aziz officially launched the New Branding for Kuala Lumpur on the 26th of April 2016. The key stakeholders in the Kuala Lumpur tourism industry were present to witness the event. In line with the initiatives identified in the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025, the new branding for the city was developed together with a long-term rollout strategy. The Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau, working with a number of consultants, has produced a brand strategy that will prove to be resilient and effective in the global market. This new destination branding for Kuala Lumpur is the result of a tedious process that included a research stage, a strategizing stage and a design development stage. Research conducted for the development of the tourism master plan also provided a better understanding of the perceptions of various stakeholders in the city’s tourism industry. Polls showed what city residents, Malaysians from other parts of the country as well as foreign visitors and expatriates thought of the nation’s capital. Data collected during this process provided the key insights
into how Kuala Lumpur was positioned in the minds of the various target audiences. Data from this research formed the base for the development of a branding strategy that would set Kuala Lumpur apart from the other major cities in Asia. The city’s key attributes were identified and used to form a positioning that would not only serve to differentiate it but also to articulate its tourism offering to visitors. The branding had to be clear, succinct and adaptable to a variety of communications mediums in order to be able to be rolled out in an effective manner. Finally, the development of the brand identity was done with the clear direction of its positioning strategy. A distinct logo was designed to include clear communication points that resonated with what Kuala Lumpur stands for. The design had to include all the key components of communication that would deliver on the brand promise. The result was a distinct brand identity that was built upon the city’s rich history, multi-ethnic people, strong traditions, varied arts and distinct cultures.
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Exciting. Surprising. Enticing.
Positioning KL as ‘A City of Contrast & Diversity’ Kuala Lumpur’s rich history has given the city one of its key attributes, which is a unique diversity that is rarely seen elsewhere. Its humble beginnings as a small tin mining settlement on the confluence of two rivers and its subsequent growth into a town and then a city, and finally the world-class metropolis that it is today tells the story of its people and their resilience. The initial growth of Kuala Lumpur was mainly due to the prosperity it had during the heyday of the tin mining era. Attracting people from all walks of life, races, religions and backgrounds had provided for a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society that forms the basis of a diversity that can be seen in almost every aspect of life in this city. From the food to the festivals, from the languages and dialects to the cultures and the arts, the diversity of this city is seen, heard and experienced everywhere. The colonial period has also added its own influences to the landscape of historical and contemporary architecture that is visible in the city even until today. The traditional Malay houses at Kampong Bharu are in stark contrast with the world’s tallest twin towers and the modern city skyline. The century old Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Dataran Merdeka surrounded by modern high-rises is another example of the contrasts of old and new that seamlessly blend to create this diverse architectural environment. Kuala Lumpur’s culinary offerings are equally diverse. From the street food available at every corner of the city to the array of fine dining restaurants of international standards, there are endless choices available. Visitors to Kuala Lumpur can indulge in traditional cuisine from all the various races and there are plenty of international and fusion options too.
The Kuala Lumpur brand promises a city that is exciting, full of surprises and able to entice anyone to visit and experience what this city has to offer. Kuala Lumpur is certainly an exciting city with many facades. There are very different experiences awaiting any visitor who comes to Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur is a city that has the capability to pleasantly surprise. As visitors begin to experience more of this city, they will find there are many little pleasant surprises awaiting them as they explore further. With so much to see, do and experience, this city will definitely entice visitors to stay on or even come back for more.
The KL Brand: The Way Forward In order to build the equity of Kuala Lumpur as a destination brand, there must be a continuous and consistent effort at communicating its key attributes. The Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau have already put into place a number of strategies to gradually increase the brand profile in the global tourism market. Strategic engagement with key stakeholders and partners in the Kuala Lumpur tourism industry will ensure that the brand is well communicated through a number of integrated channels. This will ensure instant recognition of the Kuala Lumpur brand and instill a top-of-the-mind recall for the brand and the destination.
The Design Rationale The KL Brand name constructed is clear, elegant, using a contemporary typography style. The 3D visual has a slightly weighted feel to it, depicting stability and consistency. The metallic finish symbolises the heritage of the city when it was founded and grew as a major tin mining and trading centre. The descriptions tagged on to the Brand name summarises the city’s unique attributes – exciting experience at every point, surprising in many ways as features of the city are discovered and enticing the visitors to experience the variety of attractions, culinary delights, culture and accommodation. Simple fonts were chosen to allow for consistent application and adaptability to a different script for the various languages.
Penuh Kontras & Variasi
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merdeka feature story
This month Malaysia will be celebrating 59 years of nationhood, and its capital city will once again be at the heart of the celebrations. Over the last six decades, since achieving independence from British colonial rule, Kuala Lumpur has grown in leaps and bounds, and in many different ways. Physically, the city has expanded both in area as well as vertically with the many skyscrapers and even the world’s tallest twin towers. The city’s infrastructure too has developed with many elevated roads & highways, modern train systems, advanced connectivity and a host of modern public amenities. Culturally, the city has blossomed with a myriad of influences from its multi-ethnic, multireligious and multi-cultural people. Economically, it has flourished from a township and administrative centre to a thriving commercial city. Kuala Lumpur has been ranked as the Top 10 City Destination in the World by Euromonitor International 20082015. We have welcomed millions of visitors each year to come, see and experience what Malaysia’s capital city has to offer in this modern day and age. Tourists from all over the world know Kuala Lumpur to be the bustling modern metropolis that it is filled with contrasts and diversity. But,
just fifty-nine years ago Kuala Lumpur was a very different place. It was a town with a much smaller population. It had fewer buildings and fewer roads, and life moved at a much slower pace. Hello KL had the opportunity to meet with Datuk Paduka Professor Emeritus Siti Zuraina Bt. Abdul Majid to talk about Kuala Lumpur in the days of the 1950s and the times leading up to the 31st of August 1957.
KL In The 1950s “I have always been a KL girl. I grew up in KL, went to school at the Sekolah Melayu Kampong Bharu and then to the Convent Bukit Nenas”, said Datuk Zuraina as she reminisced her days growing up in pre-independent Malaya. “KL was a smaller place in the fifties. The different areas in town were where you would find or go for specific things”. “Batu Road was a major thoroughfare in town and ran all the way from the roundabout near Chow Kit Road, Pahang Road and Princess Road in Kampong Bharu right to Jalan Raja, where the Selangor Club is. Today it is called Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. That was where all the cinemas were. There was the Odeon and the Coliseum, and between them you would find the “milk bars”.
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building
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I remember going there to have milkshakes and mince pies – it was all very English. Where the cloth area is today, around Gulati’s, there were the small hotels the likes of the Rex, Tivoli and the Coliseum. As you got nearer towards the Dataran Merdeka the shops would be getting more posh. On the corner of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman there were PH Hendry’s and Storch Brothers”. “Then there was Mountbaten street, which was known as Java Street before and now Jalan Tun Perak, where the British would do their shopping. You had stores like Robinsons, Whiteaways, John Little and Doshi’s. These were the expensive stores of the time. It was considered the ‘Knightsbridge’ of Kuala Lumpur. In the early days, when the first settlers arrived at the river confluence they would travel to the tin mines in Ampang through Java Street. Of course Java Street “The Jalan Raja area, now Dataran Merdeka was where the administrative buildings were. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building housed the British Administration, there was the government printing
press, which is the KL City Gallery today. The Chartered Bank was in the building that is the Music Museum today. Further down the road (along Jalan Raja) was a tree-lined avenue, Victoria Avenue, and at the end was the cenotaph. The tugu – it was been moved to the Lake Gardens, where the newer Tugu Negara is today”. “The first escalator in Kuala Lumpur was at the Merchantile Bank building that was located just behind the Central market. Back then the Central Market was still a wet market. It was an exciting thing to have an escalator and many people went to the bank just to see and ride on it. I remember it distinctly, as I must have been either in form one or form two. I was scared to ride it, I didn’t know when to put my foot down on the moving stairs”. “The main area of development during the day was mainly around the confluence of the rivers. It had a very different character back then. The only place that remains fairly unchanged is around the Dataran Merdeka”.
The Standard Chartered Bank Building, which is now the Music Museum
Mountbaten Street (formerly Java Street and now known as Jalan Tun Perak)
Robinsons Store along Mountbaten Street
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The Years Leading to Merdeka
Preparations for the Big Day
“After the end of the Japanese Occupation of Malaya, there was a strong desire for independence from British Colonial Rule amongst many Malayans. The feeling of nationalism was spreading throughout the country. Suddenly, in the eyes of Malayans the British image of invincibility was lost as they had been defeated by the Japanese”.
“Kuala Lumpur saw some changes as we prepared for the declaration of independence on the 31st of August 1957. For starters, we didn’t have enough hotels in town to cater to the many foreign dignitaries and guests who would be in town for the event. So the Tunku got Low Yat to build the Federal Hotel. It opened just in time for Merdeka and was the largest hotel at the time”.
“It was a time when Kuala Lumpur was very politically charged. And an important area where many politically influencing events took place was Kampong Bharu. It was here that the proposed Malayan Union, a treaty the British urged the Malay Rulers to sign that would have ceded their sovereignty to King George VI, was strongly opposed. In fact, it was at the Sultan Suleiman Club that was the venue for many meetings of the educated Malay leaders who eventually led the country to independence”. “This was also the time of the Emergency, when the communists took to terrorizing the country. I remember they were scary times. There were many restrictions. You could not travel out of town with provisions such as rice or cooking oil. My family would have to travel to our hometown in Melaka and we would be in fear of the bandits. The road near Templer’s Park was particularly dangerous”.
“Another shortage for the big event was cars. Malaysia just didn’t have enough stately cars to chauffer the VIP guests. And so the Tunku had ordered large American cars for the task. Their number plates all started with the letter B. When the people saw the cars, we called them “kereta kapal terbang” (airplane cars) because of the large tailgates that looked like wings”. “The Merdeka Stadium too was built for the occasion. The land on which it was built was once part of the Victoria Institution, which is located just behind the stadium. And the scene and the sound of the Tunku proclaiming “Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!” at this stadium have become icons of Malaysia’s history”. “The house that is today MATIC, along Jalan Ampang, was used as the nation’s first parliament. It was the 1959 elections. It was the place where Tunku would entertain foreign dignitaries”.
The house that was used as Malaysia’s first Parliament
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Merdeka Day “The Merdeka formalities began with the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the Jalur Gemilang at Dataran Merdeka. This happened at midnight on the 30th of August. There is a very tall flag pole at one end of the Dataran Merdeka today, but this was not the original location of the flag pole that the Union Jack was replaced. The original flag pole was right in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The lowering of the Union Jack was very significant as it marked the end of the British colonial rule in Malaya”.
The Lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the Jalur Gemilang at 12.01am on 31st August 1957.
“The main event on the 31st of August was the proclamation ceremony that was held at the Merdeka Stadium. It was broadcast throughout the country on radio. We didn’t have televisions then, so people tuned in to the radio. It was even broadcast to many other public places around the country so everyone, even those who couldn’t afford a radio, could tune in to this historic event. We all remember the Tunku’s voice over the radio”. “Then on the 1st of September 1957 was the first Merdeka Day parade held in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Of course it wasn’t as grand as it is these days, and there weren’t as many people to see it. Kuala Lumpur’s population was very much smaller then, and it was difficult for people to travel from out of town. There was a march past by the Askar Melayu (Now the Royal Malay Regiment) and the police force and marching bands. The parade has become an annual tradition”.
The Merdeka Parade on the 1st Of September 1957.
Datuk Paduka Professor Emeritus Siti Zuraina Bt. Abdul Majid has a string of accomplishments that include establishing the first and only archeological research centre in the country, leading the Malaysian excavation team at the Lenggong Valley to make significant archeological discoveries including the famous Perak Man. She has served the nation in the capacity of the first Commissioner of Heritage and the first Director-General of the Department of National Heritage. She has been successful in obtaining the much sought after UNESCO World Heritage inscriptions for Melaka, Georgetown and the Lenggong Valley. She has also represented Malaysia on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Committee (2011-2015). Her expertise has progressed the fields of archeology and heritage domestically, and her achievements have gained international recognition for Malaysia.
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Merdeka feature story
Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister addressing the community in Kampong Bharu prior to the 1955 general election.
A Historically Significant Neighbourhood Kampong Bharu, which means ‘new village’ in Malay, is a neighbourhood located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. This historical part of the city is where the largest concentration of traditional Malay houses can be found in Kuala Lumpur today. Kampong Bharu played a very important role in the history of the city as well as the nation. It can be argued that this is where the independence movement for a Malaya free of British Colonial rule truly began. Although it was the British who were in part responsible for the eventual formation of Kampong Bharu 116 years ago. On the 12th of January 1900, the Federated Malay States (the British Colonial Government of the time) formed the Malay Agricultural Settlement on a piece of land that measured 223 acres. This land was awarded by the then Sultan of Selangor, His Royal Highness Sultan Abdul Samad. This area, that would later come to be known as Kampong Bharu, was
demarcated by Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz (formerly known as Princess Road) as its northern boundary, Jalan Dang Wangi (formerly Campbell Road) as its southern boundary, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (formerly Batu Road) as its western boundary and the Klang river as its eastern border. The area originally comprised of seven villages, each with a distinct character that was in line with the ancestral roots of the villagers. They include Kampong Atas A (Mandailing), Kampong Atas B (Minangkabau), Kampong Paya (Javanese), Kampong Masjid (Rawa) as well as Kampong Pindah, Kampong Hujung Pasir and Kampong Periok with Malaccan descendants. The amalgamation of these villages formed the Malay Agricultural Settlement and was administered by the Board of Management, which is still in existence until today. The board’s current honourary secretary is Haji Shamsuri Bin Haji Suradi.
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Teachers and students of the Princes Road School.
Haji Shamsuri explained; â€œthe area was initially marked for the purpose of agriculture, where the British administration intended to encourage farming amongst the Malay community. However, this plan was never realised and the area instead became the main residential area for the Malay community. And so, Kampong Bharu was administered by the Board of Management of the Malay Agricultural Settlement, which oversaw almost every aspect of local government for the areaâ€?. He further explained that the board was made up of 12 committee members; five of whom were appointed to office by the Chief Minister and held the posts of Deputy Chairman, Honourary Secretary, Honourary Treasurer, Building Advisor and Health Advisor. The remaining seven members were made up of the seven village headmen. Over the years, as the population of the area grew and so did the infrastructure and public facilities that contributed to the overall welfare of the Malay community. Schools were built to cater to the growing number of children and a large mosque was built for the convenience of the community. While still under the administration of the Malay Agricultural Settlement, Kampong Bharu saw three eras of government, namely; the British Colonial Rule (1900 to 1941), the Imperial Japanese Army Administration (1941 to 1945) and the pre-independence to post Merdeka era (1946 to present). After the end of the Second World War and the surrender of the Imperial Japanese Army, Malaya returned to British Colonial rule. But the times had indeed changed and the desire for independence amongst Malayans had grown.
Kampong Bharu residents experienced the worst flood in 1970.
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Delegates of the First Malay Congress Assembly in front of the Sultan Suleiman Club. The founder and first president of UMNO, Datoâ€™ Onn Jaafar is standing in the front row, seventh from the right.
In a bid to gain more administrative power and limit the influence of the Malay rulers, the British introduced the Malayan Union and urged the Sultans to sign the treaty. Realising what the Malayan Union would mean to any hopes of an independent nation, the Malay intellectuals and community leaders of the time gathered the masses in protest against the treaty. In 1946, the first Malay Congress Assembly was held at the Sultan Suleiman Club in Kampong Bharu to protest against the Malayan Union. It is said that the assembly marked the roots of the founding of the United Malay National Organizations (UMNO).
Japanese prisoners of war after the surrender of the Japanese Imperial Army in 1945.
Acknowledgement All archive pictures are courtesy of the Malay Agricultural Settlement Board of Management. The Kampong Bharu Malay Food Festival 2016 will be held from 23rd to 25th September 2016.
Over the decades, and even until today, Kampong Bharu is considered the seat of Malay culture and heritage in Kuala Lumpur. And this rich heritage has persevered in spite of the rapid development and modernization that surrounds the area. For how long more will Kampong Bharu continue to be true to its roots, only time will tell.
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The Jamek Mosque is rebuilt in 1957 with contributions from the residents of Kampong Bharu and the Selangor Government. Jamek Mosque at Kampong Bharu today.
The Sultan Suleiman Club at Kampong Bharu.
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FREE CULTURAL & NATURE GUIDED WALKS
Experience up close the contrast and diversity of kuala lumpur
The KL Cultural & Nature Walks are a series of four city guided walking tours that will enlighten tourists on the history, growth and development of Kuala Lumpur since itâ€™s founding. The walks will take tourists past wellpreserved historical landmarks and heritage buildings, each with a story to tell of the history of the city. Learn how a cluster of settlements of different ethnic communities grew to become a town and eventually the bustling metropolis that Kuala Lumpur is today. Understand the roots of the cityâ€™s residents and why so much diversity and contrasts
can be seen at every corner and in every aspect of life in Kuala Lumpur. The guided walks are done at a comfortable pace in small to medium sized groups with English speaking guides. Each of the walks average around 2.5 hours and are run on different days of the week. While the walks are free of charge, prior registration is advisable. It is also advisable to wear comfortable clothing and a good pair of walking shoes. Bring along a bottle of water to keep you hydrated as you will be out and about for a few hours, and a camera is always a must!
For information please visit www.visitkl.gov.my
Trail Two KUALA LUMPUR HERITAGE TRAIL
OLD KL & NATURE WALK
This guided walk focuses on the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) area, formerly known as the Royal Selangor Club Padang. The area is considered the heart of old Kuala Lumpur, as the city was founded on the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers that is nearby. During the era of British Colonial rule, this area would house many of the government administrative buildings such as the Sultan Abdul Samad building, the former City Hall building (which is now the City Theatre), the printing press building (which is now the KL City Gallery) and the Office of the Chartered Bank (which is now the Music Museum).
The walk starts at the KL Tourism Bureau office, which is housed in the old townhouse that once belonged to a prominent Chinese businessman of the late 1880s named Loke Chow Kit. The walk then goes past some of KLs oldest landmarks such as the Old Market Square and Chinatown at Petaling Street, where you can witness some of the most contrasting and diverse heritage. It ends at the KL Forest Eco Park, a centuries old rainforest reserve in the heart of the city and the only one of its kind in the world, where you can get close to some of the flora and fauna of Kuala Lumpur.
Explore and learn about the history and the diverse architectural styles that were incorporated into the design of the buildings in the area. Understand the historical significance of each of the buildings and the roles they played throughout the history of the city. Being one of the oldest and most important areas in the city, the Dataran Merdeka was the venue to many significant events in history too. Learn of how these events have contributed to the diversity and contrasts of the city that we see in modern Kuala Lumpur today.
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Tuesday & Thursday KL Tourism Bureau 9.00am 2.5 Hours
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JALAN-JALAN @ KAMPONG BHARU
KUALA LUMPUR NIGHT WALK
Discover the cradle of Malay Culture in Kuala Lumpur. Kampong Bharu, meaning “new village” was first settled in about 1890 by Malay farmers. This close-knitted Malay community have lived here for genorations in their traditional Malay houses and retained their heritage and traditions. Kampong Bharu’s typical village scene is in stark contrast to the modern city skyline seen in the background.
By night Kuala Lumpur offers a pleasant vista when the city is less crowded, all lit up and romantic. The Kuala Lumpur Night Walk offers visitors a stunning nighttime view of the city and a feel of the diverse communities in the neighborhood. It is a good insight into the city’s popular night market and street bazaars. Be mesmerised by the illuminated streets, squares and century-old buildings at the heritage sites.
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Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday Kelab Sultan Suleiman 4.15pm 2.5 Hours
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Saturday Arch Cafe, Old Market 6.30pm 2.5 Hours
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KUALA LUMPUR HERITAGE FOOD
THE GOOD OLD TASTE
The Coliseum’s signature oxtail soup
Kuala Lumpur’s FOOD Heritage Icons The Coliseum Café and Hotel has become one of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage icons. Established in 1921, it has been serving locals and travellers delicious food in its vintage surroundings for the past 95 years. In it’s early days, the Colisuem Café was known to be the finest café and hotel in town and the place for tea dances. Held every Wednesday, it was a popular spot for drinks, frequented by the members of the British Colonial Administration, planters, traders and miners. Framed advertisements from the 1920s and 1930s are placed on the walls of the bar of the restaurant, as well as newspaper profiles from the 1970s and 1980s. Also on the wall is a newspaper cutting from the Malay Mail’s 1921 advertisement for a ‘tea dance’ at the Coliseum Café – with bold printed words that reads: ‘Ladies free. Gentlemen $1’.It is believed that the famous English author, Somerset Maugham dropped by the restaurant during his travels in the then Malaya. The hotel was a cheaper alternative to the Station and Majestic hotels that were popular during that era. The café is also a favourite for the popular Malaysian cartoonist – Lat, who has contributed to the décor with framed caricatures of the café and its customers. Most of its interior decorations and furnishings have remained unchanged over the years. The café’s tiled floor, the tables and chairs, the door panels and fittings, and even the coat hangers are reminiscent of a bygone era, as the linen-clad waiters serve a selection of English cuisine that it served when it first opened. Over the years, the menu has adapted to the tastes of its more contemporary customers with the addition of local favourites such as Hainanese styled dishes.
The frontage hasn’t changed much over the years
The main dining hall
According to the Heritage Trust of Malaysia or Badan Warisan, the coliseum café and hotel has a Neo-classical design with rusticated arches at the ground level. The original terrazzo of the five-foot way is preserved and there are plaster festoons above the windows and the cornice patterns as well. Elements of art deco designs were added later, such as the glass and wooden shop front and the door lintels with the carved café logo. The worn restaurant did replace its old heavy barstools with newer ones and some of the old furniture in the dining room has also been changed over the years. The Coliseum Café is located just a short walk away from the City Theatre where MUD, The Musical is staged.
The lounge and bar adjacent to the dining hall This coat hanger has been here since the early days
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KUALA LUMPUR HERITAGE FOOD Packets of bubur lambuk ready for distribution
Bubur lambuk is cooked in big pots
If ever there were a food that could be considered as a national heritage it would be the humble ‘bubur lambuk’ of Kampong Bharu’s Jamek Mosque. Cooked at the mosque only during the Muslim Holy month of Ramadhan, this rice porridge dish that is made with a list of ingredients including beef and richly flavoured with many types of spices and is given away for free on a daily basis to thousands of people. Initially the bubur lambuk was cooked and served as a simple one-dish meal to those who would break their fast at the mosque. Over the years the word of how delicious it is spread far beyond even Kampong Bharu, and now people from everywhere in Kuala Lumpur make the trip to Kampong Bharu’s Jamek Mosque just for the dish.
A 90year old recipe Legend has it that the recipe for the bubur lambuk of Kampong Bharu’s Jamek Mosque came from a man named Haji Said, who brought the dish to share with a few of his friends during the breaking of fast at the mosque over 90 years ago. It is said that his friends fell in love with the dish and later asked that his wife make more of the porridge for them. Word spread fast and more and more of the residents around the area started giving Haji Said and his wife ingredients to make the porridge for them. As the reputation of Haji Said’s bubur lambuk grew, so did the demand for it. Eventually the mosque administration
decided that they would cook the dish as a staple, so that it could be distributed among those who broke fast there. The exact same recipe has been handed down four generations and its popularity has spread far beyond the city’s Malay enclave. The queue for the bubur lambuk is usually very long, stretching to about a kilometer from the front gate of the mosque going all the way to the back and around. On a busy day, as many as 15,000 packets are distributed with last often given away just before it is time to break fast.
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EVENT IN KUALA LUMPUR
Any visit to Kuala Lumpur at any time of the year is a good time for a shopping spree. Voted as the World’s 4th Best Shopping City by CNN Travel, KL offers a wide range of diverse shopping options from the latest in couture and branded goods to the latest in IT and gadgets, from souvenirs and native handy crafts to rare antiques and works of art. The shopping facilities themselves are also varied, with high-end shopping malls providing every convenience for a day of shopping that would include cafes, restaurants and even foot massages after all the walking from shop to shop. The shopping in Kuala Lumpur gets even more exciting during the sales periods when great bargains are available at every corner. There are three major nationwide sales periods in a year – The 1Malaysia Super Sale (usually in March), the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (15th June to 31st August) and the 1Malaysia Year End Sale (1st November to 31st December). During these sales periods it is not uncommon to find discounts of up to 75% and even 80%. What makes it particularly worthwhile is that everyone participates in these sales, so no matter where your favourite shopping mall in the city may be, you can rest assured they will be on sale and your assured of getting the bargains you’re looking for. So, join in with all Malaysians and visitors from all over the world on a shopping spree this month that will ensure you don’t pay regular prices!
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EVENT IN KUALA LUMPUR
EVENT IN KUALA LUMPUR
MERDEKA DAY PARADE Malaysia celebrates 59 years of nationhood with pomp and colour at the historical Dataran Merdeka.
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His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong inspecting the guard of honour.
The 31st of August every year is celebrated as the birth of the nation. This year will be the 59th anniversary of Malaysiaâ€™s achieving independence from British colonial rule in 1957.
his cabinet, the members of parliament, as well as other dignitaries including ambassadors and foreign diplomats will join their Majesties.
While National Day is celebrated throughout the country with various events being organised in the towns and cities nationwide, traditionally, the official celebration is done at the Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square). The celebration starts early in the morning and thousands of Malaysians take part in this annual spectacular event. One of the main components of the event is the giant march past parade that starts just before the Dataran Merdeka and continues for several kilometres through the city.
For those visiting Kuala Lumpur during this time of year, the annual Merdeka Day parade is a spectacular event that is not to be missed. This is one of the best opportunities to witness the unity of Malaysian society, as people of all races, religions and cultures come together for this celebration of nationhood. It is always a good idea to get there early (around 7.00am) to grab a good spot where youâ€™ll get the best views of this colourful event. As the show lasts a few hours, bring a bottle of water and some snacks in case you get hungry, and of course donâ€™t forget your camera!
Tens of thousands of Malaysians from all over the country together with foreign visitors will line up along the route to witness this colourful parade. The parade will be made up of contingents from various government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector. Uniformed units from the armed forces, the Royal Malaysian Police, the fire department and other public services will be marching in the parade. The Guest of Honour for the event will always be the Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong (the King and Queen of Malaysia). The Prime Minister of Malaysia and
MERDEKA CELEBRATION PARADE Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur 31 August 2016 7:30am
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Foreign tourists joining in the festivities.
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One of the many contingents taking part in the parade.
Malaysians of all walks of life joining in the celebration.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force doing a flyby above Dataran Merdeka
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This year will be the 18th edition of the FORMULA 1 MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX. It will be held from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October 2016, the first time it has been moved on the F1 calendar in many years. Coming right after the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, the race offers a unique double F1 treat in South East Asia. With an exciting cluster of events throughout the race week, including a demo run, auto carnival, fan engagement programmes with the drivers, and a spectacular post-race concert, the newly redefined F1 is not to be missed! Families looking forward to soaking up the thrills at Sepang can enjoy an improved family-friendly activities at the circuit with the ever popular X-track returning on popular demand, showcasing motorsports-themed thrills such as drifting, rallying, go-karting, ATV rides and more, for fans of all ages.
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EVENT IN KUAA LUMPUR
30th September to 3rd October The prestigious and internationally-acclaimed extreme sports event, KL Tower International Jump Malaysia (KLTIJM) 2016, will be held once again from 30th September 2016 to 3rd October 2016. The adrenaline pumping actions will take center stage at the Open Deck of Menara Kuala Lumpur, located at Tower Head 5 (TH05) at the height of 300 meters above sea level. This sporting event was initially organised in conjunction with Menara Kuala Lumpurâ€™s 3rd anniversary celebration on 3rd October 1999. Since then, it has become an annual event for Menara Kuala Lumpur and has been listed in the Malaysia Book of Records as the first base jump event in Malaysia. Previously known as BASE Jump, BASE is the acronym for Building, Antenna, Span and Earth, representing objects, which are mainly used as the BASE jump landing area. This annual event is held with the objective of offering BASE jump enthusiasts with the opportunity to jump off Menara Kuala Lumpur and at the same time, the activity will indirectly put Malaysia on the local and international tourism maps.
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Taste Fabulous Cuisines From All Over The World
It’s Bigger, Better and Tastier than ever! 24th - 25th September 2016
14th Floor, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Enjoy a Super Gourmet Safari 24th - 25th September 2016
www.tastemigf.com 2 Days Only, Mark your diary!
Enjoy delicious tasting portions of Malaysia’s best restaurants as they gather in the specially created Theatre Of Cuisines. Tasting portions are big enough to satisfy but small enough to try out food from all of the Festival Restaurants. To take part in a Super Gourmet Safari, all you Save 5% need to do is buy Gourmet Dollars – valued at Pre-purchase RM5 each and sold in booklets of 10. Gourment Dollars online at www.tastemigf.com Purchase at the venue or pre-purchase online or www.v4tickets.com and save 5% at www.tastemigf.com
Cooking Classes & Lifestyle Workshops
Epicure International Gourmet Village
Participate in a wide range of exclusive workshops including cooking classes and lifestyle topics. Look out for Centre stage cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs that add to the carnival-like atmosphere.
Sample and shop from over 60 stations offering a wide range of products including fine wines, cheeses, artisan chocolates, meats and gourmet delicacies sourced from around the world. You’ll be able to taste items as you browse the stalls.
Visit the LuxuryPlus Showcase where all things luxurious will be on show, from lavish cruises and luxury properties to premium perfumes and high-end kitchenware, as well as exotic getaways.
The Spectacular Preview of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival
GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL 2016
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The Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival - also known as DiverseCity - first exploded onto the regional cultural scene in September 2015. Held for 5 weeks every year across multiple venues in Kuala Lumpur and Greater KL, the ambitious program of performing and visual arts in this yearâ€™s edition of DiverseCity will showcase the complex, rich and nuanced diversity of Malaysia and explore our close ties and deep relationship with ASEAN. From the 31st of August to the 2nd of October, Kuala Lumpur will come alive with the arts. With multiple venues and multiple performances, thereâ€™s definitely something for every art lover. So, come and indulge in the arts. For information on show times and ticketing visit www.diversecity.my
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NEW ATTRACTION IN KUALA LUMPUR
Visitors to Kuala Lumpur can now get a very different experience by exploring the city from the air with the latest tourism product â€“ the KL Sky Tour.
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Helicopter rides were once too expensive for most tourists to be able to afford, but not any more. The KL Sky Tour offers a variety of packages that are very affordable and yet still offer the thrill and excitement of touring a city from the air. There are four tour packages to choose from that vary in terms of time and distance travelled.
The KL Express Package
The Jungle Escape
This is a 6 minute flight around the attractions in the heart of the city. Fly over the Dataran Merdeka, the National Stadium and the KL Tower. Passengers will get spectacular views of the Petronas Twin Towers.
This flight lasts 30 minutes and takes passengers around the city centre before heading away from the city to the prestine rainforests along the Quartz Ridge to the Batu Dam. It really is a case of the ‘concrete jungle meets the real jungle’.
The City Explorer
The City Indulgence
This 15 minute flight takes passengers a little further a field to discover the Batu Caves, the site of the annual Thaipusam festival. From there the flight path takes them to the Jalan Duta area to see the Federal Territory Mosque and the National Palace. Before the tour ends there will be a flight around the iconic buildings of the city centre.
This 45 minute flight is the ultimate indulgence, climb to over 6,000 feet over valleys and mountains covered in lush rainforests to the Genting Highlands home of Malaysia’s casino heaven. Flying back to the city, passengers will enjoy the panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline as they descend to the Batu Caves and Kuala Lumpur royal quarters before heading for the city’s iconic buildings.
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KL SKY Tour
KL City Helipad Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, 53200 KL +6019 258 6818
All flights depart from the KL City Helipad at the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens. There is a requirement of a minimum number of three passengers per flight and advance bookings are required.
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New AttractionHELLO in Kuala Lumpur KL ISSUE 7
KL TOWER Sky Box Providing An Adventurous Way to Get The Best View of the City The Kuala Lumpur Tower already offers visitors a number of various activities and experiences that adhere to their three key components of “Culture, Adventure, Nature”. At the base of the tower, there is a mini zoo, an aquarium, a cultural centre, gift shops and a number of eateries. And at the top, visitors can capture bird’s eye views of the city below from the Observation Deck and for the more adventurous there’s the open air Sky Deck. They also have a sky dining experience at their signature Atmosphere 360 revolving restaurant and a banquet hall for ‘sky-high’ functions and events. The latest thrilling experience offered at the Kuala Lumpur Tower is their new Sky Box. It is a fully transparent cubical structure that protrudes out from the edge of the open Sky Deck. Standing inside the Sky Box can be un-nerving in the beginning as you get the impression that you are floating in mid-air. At a height of 300 meters, the Sky Box is not for those with acute acrophobia (the fear of heights).
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While stepping into the “glass box” may take nerves, rest assured it is perfectly safe. A maximum of 6 visitors are allowed to enter the Sky Box at any one time and the box is designed to carry a load of 600kg. The development of this new experience is in line with KL Tower’s continuous efforts at providing new and thrilling experiences to visitors. Leveraging on their main offering of height and fantastic views of the city, the Sky Box now gives visitors panoramic views from all angles even below one’s feet – making great opportunities for selfies and wefies. The entry fee for the Sky Deck is RM75.00 for MyKad holders and RM105.00 for foreign visitors. There is no extra charge for the Sky Box.
KUALA LUMPUR TOWER Jalan Puncak Off Jalan P.Ramlee 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Hours: 9AM–10PM Phone: +603 2020 5444 www.menarakl.com.my
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NEW ATTRACTION IN KUALA LUMPUR
House One of the newest attractions to open in Kuala Lumpur is the unique ‘Up-Side-Down House’. Located near the entrance to the KL Tower this new attraction is already popular with local and foreign visitors alike. It is a quirky and fun experience, especially for the kids. Visitors are greeted at the entrance with an archway that has a 1974 Morris car attached to it, up-side-down. Even from the outside the house, which sits on its roof, looks colourful, fun and inviting. The house that is styled like an English cottage has a number of rooms inside that can be explored including a living room, a bedroom, a baby’s nursery room, a dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom and an attic. All the furniture and fittings are fastened up-side-down, that’s sofas on the ceiling and lights on the floor, even the toy in the baby’s room are fastened to the floor (which is actually the ceiling as you go in). It is the ideal attraction to visit for selfies and pictures that will bewilder your friends and anyone who sees them. Menara Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Puncak Off Jalan P.Ramlee 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Hours: 9.00am to 7.00pm daily. For more information visit https://facebook/klupsidedown
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ENTERTAINMENT in Kuala Lumpur
What’s Hot IN KL
With the opening of Singapore brand Le Noir and Lebanese eatery and bar Byblos Café in May, TREC is all geared up for the launch of one of Malaysia’s most well-loved brands, The Social, oyster bar Crave and Crime speakeasy. They add to a total of over 20 F&B brands at TREC. And, the 7-acre enclave at Jalan Tun Razak has sealed its status as Kuala Lumpur’s coolest entertainment and F&B hangout in less than a year, following the launch of TREC’s first entertainment block Electric Boulevard zone in December 2015. Now, add Asia’s largest superclub Zouk KL; the city’s first music-centric flea market, A Sunday Affair; and KL’s first largescale bespoke vintage market, Old La La, at TREC’s great outdoors to the plate, one would pretty much want to see or be seen at TREC. Hashtag #TRECKL and #ZOUKKL on Instagram and Facebook, you will get the vibe. Indeed, it is the hotspot and choice destination for hipsters, foodies, clubbers, music lovers, tourists and the curious. Over 20,000 visitors, including 20 per cent of tourists, descend upon TREC every week. That’s close to a million visitors in the first year - least for now.
Beneath its colourful, shiny veneer, TREC flexes its muscle as an earmarked entertainment destination under the Tourism Ministry’s NKEA EPP 8 programme, and the estate is also part of the KL Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025. TREC is also the first precinct in the city to be awarded with a 5am operating license. For the uninitiated, TREC was conceived in 2011. Founded by prominent Malaysian businessman Dato’ Douglas Cheng and Zouk KL’s co-founder Cher Ng, the latter stumbled upon the location of TREC while he was looking to build a new superclub for Zouk KL in 2010. Fast forward six years, TREC has generated much hype and excitement in Malaysia and around the region. As it develops organically, drawing visitors from as far as the West, the estate is progressively introducing more unique attractions and lifestyle activities each month. For updates, go to facebook.com/treckl 436, Jalan Tun Razak, 55000 Kuala Lumpur. Hours: 11AM–5AM Phone: +60 3-2178 6088 www.trec.com.my
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Did You Know? Interesting facts about Kuala Lumpur
1971 kuala lumpur floods
T Northeast monsoon Though it is by no means an extraordinary phenomenon, the Northeast monsoon is expected to last for about five months from November until March.
he 1971 Kuala Lumpur floods was a major flash flood disaster in Malaysia that occurred in January 1971. The flooding was the result of heavy monsoon rains, which swelled the Klang, Batu, and Gombak rivers. 32 people were killed and 180,000 people were affected. The Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak declared a state of national disaster in Western Malaysia. The floods were the worst in the country since 1926. As a result of the flooding, the Kuala Lumpur Flood Mitigation Programme was set up.
Success Of Kuala Lumpurâ€™s Dual Purpose Tunnel
The SMART Tunnel, the longest in Malaysia, was built to solve the problem of flash flooding in Kuala Lumpur. Since it opened in 2007, flood-prone areas such as Masjid Jamek, Dataran Merdeka, Lebuh Ampang and Jalan Melaka have been spared inundation.
The New kelana jaya lrt line extension The Kelana Jaya Line Extension begins from Kelana Jaya station and pass through 13 new stations, including Ara Damansara, Subang Jaya and USJ before ending at Putra Heights Integrated Station, covering a distance of 17.4km. Total length of the Kelana Jaya Line upon completion of the LRT is 46.4km. All stations are equipped with various facilities for customerâ€™s convenience such as lifts, escalators, public telephones, prayer rooms and public toilets. The stations are also equipped with Universal Access facilities such as ramps, tactile tiles, low ticket counters and toilets for people with disabilities.
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kuala lumpur welcomeS the
Thank you for opening your doors here in Kuala Lumpur and for providing discerning visitors to the city, with the brand of luxury that they are used to.
What they say? We interviewed tourists at various places in Kuala Lumpur to get some feedback on their experience during the visit. Hereâ€™s what they had to say about Kuala Lumpur.
KL is a fantastic city to explore from hip rooftop bars offering majestic views of the skyline to delicious bustling street food restaurants and hawker stands. KL offers an inclusive cultural example for the world. KL has something for everyone.
The shopping here is amazing. I love shopping at Chinatown where I can practice my haggling skills!
Petronas Twin Towers is an amazing and stunning building. I recommend you guys visit it during the night in order to view the real beauty of the tower.
John Nielsen USA
Erica Petersson Poland
Julian Nilsson Sweden
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Over the years, Kuala Lumpur has received many accolades for various areas of tourism, from many different international organisations. Here are some of the most recent accolades the city has received.
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Kuala Lumpur is never short of attractions and sightseeing opportunities. KUALA LUMPUR From world famous skyscrapers, to historical monuments, take the opportunity to visit these places to ensure an all rounded trip to KL! pOPULAR For more information, visit ATTRACTIONS
Kuala Lumpur is never short of attractions and sightseeing opportunities. From world famous skyscrapers, to historical monuments, take the opportunity to visit these places to ensure an all rounded trip to KL!
For more information, visit www.visitkl.gov.my
KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus
Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge and Observation Deck
KL Bird Park
KL Butterfly Park
KL City Gallery
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Tugu Negara (National Monument)
Old KL Railway Station
Perdana Botanical Garden
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
Istana Negara (National Palace)
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
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Special Merdeka Edition that focuses on Kuala Lumpur's heritage and history, while updating on the latest tourism products in the city.
Published on Jul 30, 2016
Special Merdeka Edition that focuses on Kuala Lumpur's heritage and history, while updating on the latest tourism products in the city.