Kuala Lumpur - The Nation's Capital

Kuala Lumpur or KL, the country's capital, was founded by a Mandailing (A Malay clan originating from Indonesia) prince, and was further developed by Chinese immigrants who came to work the rich tin mines in the mid-1800s.

Often seen as a colonial creation by virtue of it being turned into an urban metropolis by the English, the city still retains some of their eccentric architectural marks. It sets the visitor’s mind thinking: how does Moorish-style architecture relate to the stiff-upper lip disposition of the English? This and the infusion of many more ‘weird’ creations have made today’s Kuala Lumpur an amazing destination to behold.

Today’s KL is a modern, cosmopolitan business hub and still considered the seat of government although the brand new, high-tech Federal Territory of Putrajaya, located south of the city, is absorbing more and more of this make-up.

The economic boom, which began in the late 1980s, has stimulated a building boom that is very much evident in downtown KL where the old and new co-exists and the deafening sound of work in progress assails the senses.

The green vicinity of the elegant Sultan Abdul Samad Building opposite the stepped-in-history ‘padang’ and Dataran Merdeka has been replaced by scores of stylish, state-of-the-art glass towers and intelligent buildings.

The Victorian-Moorish and Moghul style buildings, the Art Deco Central Market, cineplexes and old Chinese shops houses stand in marked contrast to these impressive new skyscrapers.

The most recent addition to KL’s skyline, - indeed world-class and one-of-a-kind, is the Petronas Twin Tower, also known as the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). It currently ranks as the tallest building in the world.