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.
Kuala Lumpur’s multi-colored character can be easily seen in its inimitable architecture. Mostly because it was established so recently, the city can’t boast about its ancient architectural masterpieces in the same way as European capitals, but the buildings of the city are impressive in an entirely different way, catching the eye through the amazing contrasts they display. The capital’s silhouette is formed by ultramodern skyscrapers and the elegant colonial buildings that were raised around the main city square, but these structures are complemented by the age-old houses of the Chinatown and the intricately decorated constructions of Kampong Baru. In addition to this, a plethora of pagodas, ornate Hindu temples and magnificent mosques add ever more layers of charm to Kuala Lumpur’s architectural appearance.
The multi-layered cultural composition of the Malay capital is reflected in the city's traditional local cuisine, which leaves an even greater imprint on the hearts of certain visitors than even the most spectacular of buildings in Kuala Lumpur.
An original synergy of a wide variety of gastronomic traditions, Malayan cuisine wins the hearts of even the most demanding gourmets, helped by rich fusion of fascinating tastes and aromas. The single difficulty that might arise while in a restaurant here is whether to order Thai soup, Chinese noodles, Indian flat cakes or an amazing Malay dessert.
Kuala Lumpur’s nature is as varied as its cuisine. Despite the vigorous pursuit of progress in the urban sphere, nature remains a cherished part of the city, and there is a huge variety of both flora and fauna located here. The city has such a large number of parks, gardens and lakes, that it seems impossible to imagine that there is a bustling city nearby. While in the park, guests can see only exotic trees, colorful flowers, fluttering butterflies as large as tropical birds, and deer the size of cats, all of which roam around the lush verdure.
The city owes much of its charming polychromy to its local residents. The Buddhists in bright orange robes, Muslim women wrapped in their burqas, and Indian women in their colorful saris turn capital’s streets into a dizzying kaleidoscope of color. It is the people of these wildly varied ethnic and religious backgrounds who set the rhythm of Kuala Lumpur, creating its unique atmosphere and making it different from any other megalopolis in the whole of Southeast Asia and indeed the world.
The Malay capital becomes more attractive to tourists every year, giving rise to new hotels that resemble modern fairy-tale palaces, and theme parks that capture the imagination not only with their size, but also with the fantasy that is employed their organization. Kuala Lumpur is constantly growing and changing, transforming its appearance with each blink of the eye. This is what is truly interesting about the city for tourists: the chance to discover the city’s bright and unfamiliar faces time after time.