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.

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.

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August 31

Hari Merdeka

On August 31st, 1957, the British banner was lowered and the independent Malaysia’s national flag was hoisted on the Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur. Since then, every year on the last August day, the country celebrates the Hari Merdeka – anniversary of the independence – in a big way. It is Malaysia’s main holiday that is loved and respected by all local residents. Vivid theatrical processions, concerts of local artists and colorful parades, various shows and street fairs are organized throughout the city on the Independence Day. The culmination of the festivities is traditional morning parade, on which the royal family, the prime-minister and many Malay prominent figures are present. The holiday ends with a splendid firework.

November 6

Diwali, or Festival of Lights

Diwali, or Festival of Lights is one of the most important Hindu holidays, which has become a vivid event in Kuala Lumpur’s cultural life. It is usually celebrated in the late October – early November. Being a sign of triumph of good over evil, or light over darkness, the festival takes place in the ethnic quarter Little India, near the Brickfields district. Its streets and temples are decorated with colorful lights on this day: traditional lamps, candles and fireworks are lit there. Special oil lamps proclaiming light, joy, renovation and happiness are lit in all houses. Street kiosks sell terracotta lamps, flowers and other traditional decorations. During Diwali, wreaths of flowers, beautiful clothes, spices and traditional Indian dishes are sold at Indian markets in Kuala Lumpur.

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Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur

A vibrant showcase of the capital’s rags-to-riches past and its forefathers’ humble beginnings, the entertainment show "Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur" is one of the most popular theater performances in Kuala Lumpur. This spectacular music and dancing show recounts the history of the city, describin
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Pavillion Kuala Lumpur

The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, which is situated in Bukit Bintang, one of the busiest shopping and entertainment districts of Kuala Lumpur, is one of the biggest and most popular trade centers in the capital of Malaysia. It was built on the site of the oldest girl college in the city. This trade mall wa
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Jalan Alor Food Street

Jalan Alor, which parallels Bukit Bintang, the busiest shopping and entertainment street in the city, is one of most popular tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur. It is known unofficially as the food haven of the capital of Malaysia, which is hustling and bustling with activity after sundown. Some o
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Putrajaya

Putrajaya is a new administrative center of Malaysia. It is situated 20 kilometers to the south from Kuala Lumpur. It is the ultramodern city that has a status of federal territory. Country’s key public institutions were moved there from the capital. Built under completely new concept, it embodied a
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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
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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
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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
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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