Kuala Lumpur

One and a half centuries ago, Kuala Lumpur was a tiny and mostly unremarkable settlement of tin miners. Since that time however, it has become a highly developed Asian megalopolis, and its country’s key political, financial, and trading hub. The economic importance of Kuala Lumpur in the region is inferior only to Singapore, a status that has led to the Malay capital being listed among the most frequently visited cities in the world. Kuala Lumpur attracts ever growing amounts of travelers from all over the world, with its truly iconic kaleidoscopic look and feel, which resembles a picture by an avant-garde artist more than the creation of an architect. Moreover, with its peculiar past and fabulous present, mysterious Oriental charm and western technical progress, different languages and religions, the city of Kuala Lumpur represents vividly boiling cauldron, a true melting pot and a wonderful tourist attraction. Despite global modernization, the city has preserved its unique identity, the main signature of which is a harmonic interweaving of three very rich cultures: Malay, Chinese and Indian.

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January 28

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is one of the most expected events of the year in Kuala Lumpur, where Chinese compose more than a third of the total population. The holiday traditionally falls on the last week of January or early February. It officially lasts for two days, but in fact, festivities last for two weeks. The Chinese New Year is celebrated in Malaysia’s capital broadly and cheerfully. Chinese houses and shopping centers are adorned with red paper lanterns, mandarins and branches of blossoming plum trees, which are seen as symbols of success and prosperity. Tons of petards, firecrackers and fireworks explode on the streets. The Chinese believe that this noise drives evil spirits away and attracts the spirits of happiness. Loud holiday bazaars, where you can buy traditional jewelry and souvenirs, and taste Chinese dishes, unfold in the city. Many festivals, shows and entertainment programs are held in Kuala Lumpur during the celebration. The Chinese New Year’s compulsory attributes are

February 9

Thaipusam Festival

The Thaipusam Festival is one of the most famous and colorful annual Hindu festivals, which is traditionally celebrated in January or February. According to a legend, on this day, Shiva’s wife the goddess Parvati presented her son Murugan a spear, with which he defeated evil spirits. Therefore, festival’s main idea is celebration of victory of good over evil. The Thaipusam Festival is renowned throughout the world for the ritual dance Kavadi. Thousands of believers participate in it. They pierce their faces and bodies with various sharp objects as sacrificial offering. It is believed that such self-torture helps to avoid troubles during the year. Those festival’s participants who don’t dare to do such a corporal punishment bring paper bags with milk and pots with rice and honey as an offering. They are put on the moving altar that is specially made for the festival. The spectacular procession moves along Kuala Lumpur’s streets and ends near the famous Batu Caves. Surmounting 272 stairs

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The National Monument | Tugu Negara

The National Monument (Tugu Negara) is situated in the northern part of the Botanical Garden. It is the most token monument of Kuala Lumpur and one of its most interesting attractions. Being 15 meters high, it is reckoned among the highest bronze sculptures in the world.
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Thean Hou Temple

The multi-level Goddess of Mercy Temple (Thean Hou Temple) is situated on the top of the picturesque Robson Hill to the south from the city center. It is considered to be one of the largest and the most beautiful Chinese temples in Kuala Lumpur and in the whole South East Asia alike. The complex of

Brickfields | Little India

Little India is a small picturesque quarter, situated not far from downtown. Expatriate Indians, who compose one tenth of Kuala Lumpur’s population, live there. Having settled in the Malay capital, they brought along their original culture, including unique temples, inimitable cuisine and traditiona

Chan See Shu Yuen

The Chan See Shu Yuen is one of the largest and the oldest Buddhist temples that survived in Malaysia. It is situated in Chinatown’s very heart – on the Jalan Petaling, which has been the Kuala Lumpur Chinese community’s major place of residence from early times. The Chan See Shu Yuen is also known

Central Market

One of the leading positions in the list of the Kuala Lumpur’s most popular tourist attractions is occupied by the Central Market, or Pasar Seni. It is situated in the capital’s very heart not far from the Chinatown. It attracts by the opportunity to buy original items and authentic souvenirs at the

National Planetarium

The Kuala Lumpur Planetarium, whose building is crowned with spherical blue roof and resembles a Muslim mosque, is situated on the high hill at the Botanical Garden, not far from the Bird Park and the Butterfly Park. It can be seen virtually from any part of the capital downtown. It is a wonderful p

Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens

The Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens are the part of the Botanical Garden that stretches over the hills around the picturesque Tasik Perdana Lake, in Kuala Lumpur very center. It is a true flower paradise, which features amazingly varied collection of the very beautiful tropical flowers from all over the w

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

The elegant building of the old Railway Station, standing in Kuala Lumpur downtown, is one of the brightest monuments of colonial architecture in the city. Adorned with delicate arches, elegant spires and fabulous turrets, it is rightly reckoned among the most beautiful historical constructions of t