Lumpur or K.L as it is locally known, began in the late 1850s.
A group of tin prospectors that landed at the meeting point of
the Kelang and Gombak rivers named the place Kuala Lumpur in malay,
which means - 'Muddy Confluence'. Shifting between colonial powers
the whole Malaysia peninsula came under British rule in 1913.
It was known as British Malaya.
At the commencement of World War II, Malaya supplied nearly 40%
of the world's rubber and 60% of its tin. This pre-war boom period
also saw massive movements of Chinese and Indian nationals to
The British residential system quickly spread. Frank Swettenham,
the Resident of Selangor, chose Kuala Lumpur as his administrative
center and oversaw the rebirth of the city, ordering the construction
of new buildings using brick. In 1896, Swettenham convinced the
Sultans of four states to unite under the umbrella of the Federated
Malay States(FMS), and Kuala Lumpur was chosen as the capital.
The city became a classic center of British colonialism. Uniformed
officers and bureaucrats administered the FMS from beneath the
distinctive copper domes of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
On 30th August 1957, amidst a crowd of tens of thousands, British
soldiers finally lowered the Union Jack for the last time in front
of the Selangor Club.
With independence, Kuala Lumpur was poised for its greatest transformation
ever. In 1974 the city was given the status of Federal Territory.
In 130 years, Kuala Lumpur has grown from nothing to a modern,
bustling city of well over a million people. Superficially, KL
may appear to be just another modern Asian city of gleaming skyscrapers,
but it retains much of the character and local colour. It has
plenty of colonial buildings in its centre, a vibrant Chinatown
with street vendors and night markets, and a bustling Little India.
The Petronas Twin Towers skyscrapers - the tallest building in
the world - dominate the skyline, while in Merdeka Square stands
a 95m (312ft) flagpole. Despite the economic crisis, Kuala Lumpur
is currently the site of large-scale development, Putrajaya City
with works underway on a new US$8 billion city on the southern
fringe of the capital as well as an adjoining 'ultra-high-tech
The traditional heart of the city is Merdeka Square, easily spotted
because of the 95m (312ft) flag pole - reputedly the world's tallest.
KL is a relatively easy city to navigate, with major north-south
thoroughfares assisting in the speedy movement of people. At peak
hour(s) however the city resembles most other industrialised cities
in the world. South-east of Merdeka Square, the banking district
merges into the bustling, old China Town, where travellers can
find a wealth of accommodation and restaurant options. Due south
of the square, past the main post office is the historic Kuala
Lumpur train station, while further west is the 'green belt',
housing the Lake Gardens, National Museum and Monument and the
Along with the station, the major transport hub in Kuala Lumpur
is Puduraya bus station, on the eastern edge of the central district.
South-east of the station is the site of KL Sentral, Central Station,
when fully completed will be the main public transport hub. The
international airport, KLIA, is located some 43 km (27 miles )
south of the city. The trip to town takes about 90 minutes by
It's hot and humid throughout Malaysia all year round, with overnight
lows rarely sinking below 20°C (70°F) and maximums rising
above 30°C (86°F) on most days.
Rainfall is variable and falls all year round., it usually confines
itself to short-lived torrential downpours in the afternoons.
The driest months tend to be June and July.
With so many cultures and religions in Malaysia, there is almost
always something going on. Visitors from Western countries will
need to check the local lunar calendar for the exact dates of
most events. New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, Worker's Day (May
Day) and National Day (31 August) are just a few of Malaysia's
44 public holidays. The festival of Ramadan is the major Islamic
event of the year. The Hindu festival Thaipusam - is celebrated
in the most dramatic way in Kuala Lumpur with devotees attaching
heavy metal frames to their bodies using skewers and hooks. The
celebrations centre on the Bata Caves.
Accommodation facilities available within Kuala Lumpur City Centre
includes Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Legend Hotel Kuala
Lumpur, Bintang Warisan Kuala Lumpur, Swiss Garden Kuala Lumpur,
Allson Genesis Kuala Lumpur, Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur, Agora Hotel
Kuala Lumpur, Park Plaza International Kuala Lumpur, PNB Darby
Park Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Malaya Kuala Lumpur, The Federal Hotel
Kuala Lumpur, Melia Kuala Lumpur, Radius International Kuala Lumpur,
Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Stanford Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Nova Hotel
Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Furama Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown Inn Kuala Lumpur,
Comfort Inn Kuala Lumpur and Lanson Place Kuala Lumpur.
Places of Interest :
Other places of interest includes Merdeka Square, the site of
the proclamation of independence in 1957, the square, formerly
known as Padang is the centre of National Day celebrations. Surrounding
the square are many buildings of historical interest, including
the Royal Selangor Club, the Sultan Abdul
Samad building, which is a great example of the Victorian-Moorish
architecture common to Malaysian cities, the National
History Museum and library, Dayabumi Complex. Chinatown
is a crowded colourful melange of signs, shops, activity and noise.
The central section, Jalan Petaling, is a frantically
busy market that is closed to traffic. It is most spectacular
at night, when the combination of street stalls, food, haggling
and bright lights makes impressions on all five senses. The old
buildings are undergoing constant restoration by conservation
groups, are interesting in themselves, while bargain-hunters and
collectors of kitsch might be in luck as well. Chinatown is about
300m (330 yards) south-east of Merdeka Square.
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HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
Centrally located between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya and
in the heart of Klang Valley, at a key convergent point between
the Kuala Lumpur city centre and the bustling townships of Petaling
Jaya, Damansara, Bangsar, Cheras, and Subang Jaya, conveniently
served by an extensive network of expressways, Boulevard Hotel
offers easy access to major industrial areas, commercial hubs,
government agencies, and to key tourist and cultural sites.
GARDENS HOTEL& RESIDENCES
The 5-star Gardens Hotel & Residences
is the pinnacle of luxurious living, strategically located between
Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya and centrally located within
the precinct of The Gardens, Mid Valley City, a premier mall
housing countless premium boutiques and brands for the discerning
INTERNATIONAL HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
Located along the city's famous shopping
district. at the intersection of Changkat Bukit Bintang, Radius
International Kuala Lumpur aims to provide Immaculate personal
service and most importantly of all we have unlimited hospitality
and genuine friendliness to cater for those who want the comfort,
convenience of business and pleasure. Combined with the privacy
and security plus the comfort and convenience just like your
Located at the doorstep of Lot 10 shopping
mall in Bukit Bintang. This stylish downtown city hotel has
243 rooms and suites tastefully furnished and equipped with
modern amenities including Satellite TV and wireless Internet
Broadband access. Our Makan Makan restaurant is most popular
amongst shoppers, particularly our weekend hi-tea.
Gardens. When the bustle gets too much, head to the
'green belt' - 92 hectares (227 acres) of planned parkland less
than 1 km (0.6 miles) west of the city. The main focus of the
park is Tasik Perdana, the Premier Lake. Attractions
in the park can be reached either on-foot, or by regular shuttle
buses. If you're into the birds, Bird Park
is an enormous walk-in aviary boasting about 160 species from
throughout South-East Asia. Orchid Garden is
where 800 species of flower vie for your attention. There are
also sections of the gardens dedicated to tame deer and butterflies.
From the gardens, you can also see the massive bronze National
Monument, Parliament House and the Planetarium.
Golden Triangle, the business hub of Kuala
Lumpur, dominated by the tallest building in the world, the
Petronas Towers. Surrounded on all sides by
shopping, commerce and entertainment outlets. This area contains
all the expensive hotels and restaurants, with nightlife not
for the budget-conscious. Visitors will enjoy the Kuala
Lumpur Tower - the fourth-highest telecommunications
tower in the world - with superb panoramic views on offer from
the observation deck. Batu Caves, just 13km
(8miles) north of the city, now used for Hindu festivals and
pilgrimages. This is where the spectacularly masochistic feats
performed annually by Thaipusam devotees. The main cave, a vast
open space known as the Temple Cave - is reached
by a 272-step climb. Beyond the stairs is the main temple.
To Kuala Lumpur
The national air carrier is Malaysia Airlines.
Most international airlines also has direct flight into the
KL Intl. Airport. From the airport various
mode of transportation are available including Limo Service,
Coach Service and city taxis. By middle of 2002, passenger
will be able to use the ERL
which connect the airport with KL
Sentral right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. Public transportation
in Kuala Lumpur includes light rail services (PUTRA
Komuter and STAR LRT), buses (Intrakota, Citiliner, MetroBus)
and the easily available red & white city taxis.
Malaysia Hotels Dot CC, brings you some of the best hotels within
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International Kuala Lumpur, PNB Darby Park Kuala Lumpur, Hotel
Malaya Kuala Lumpur, The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Melia Kuala
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