Kuala Lumpur, between skyscrapes and tradition

 

After spending a few months around South East Asia I can’t help remembering with great pleasure the days lived in Kuala Lumpur!
We land in KL, as its inhabitants friendly calls it, after a pleasant flight from Singapore.
There are so many flights to Kuala Lumpur! We are welcomed by a Malaysian friend: Kizanif; he’s very kind and hospitable as all Malaysian people.
We are struck by the 360-degree view of the city that we enjoy from his terrace ...

Kuala Lumpur, which means "muddy confluence", was born in the mid-nineteenth century as a mining village; in addition to the spectacular Petronas Twin Towers, glass and concrete skyscrapers, there is a whole world of ancient traditions that vigorously survives.
The Indian district is spectacular, you can eat tasty “tali”, sipping a chai while watching a bollywodian movie... walking around you enter into a new reality... here is the marvellous Chinatown where you feel like staying in a real Chinese quarter, the place where the stalls selling food on the street and dragons holding up bridges ...


If you have three or four days we recommend a visit to the Museum of Islamic Arts, the National Museum and at The Heritage Centre. It’s really worth a visit in order to get closer to Malay ancient culture.


Bukit Bintang is the commercial district of Kuala Lumpur, the center of the shopping and nightlife. You will surely find something to buy in one of the many shopping centers where business men and tourists stroll around!


On the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur here are the Batu Caves, natural caves which protect a majestic Hindu temple where pilgrims climb the 272 steps to pray to their gods.

Kuala Lumpur dishes are a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Nyonya. We suggest to try “nasi lemak” (rice cooked in coconut milk and garnished with eggs and fish fried and seasoned with spices) or the satay (skewers of marinated meat).


I’m sure that Kuala Lumpur is one of those cities where you will return again and again in order to discover always new pieces of Malay life and get in touch with its beautiful people!

Stefy

 

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