Kuala Lumpur - Garden City, full of lights
Kuala Lumpur, or simply Kay-El, as briefly referred to the Malays, is located in the southwestern part of the Malay Peninsula, in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains. This ultra-modern metropolis, sprawling over an area of 245 square kilometers, is the center of economic and political life of the new "Asian tiger". The city's skyline has changed beyond recognition in just a decade, and powers among the buildings of the colonial era have grown dozens of strange construction of glass and concrete. Now living here almost a half million people, and drive three million cars. In Kuala Lumpur, flying planes more than 30 airlines, and because of the enormous load that the old airport could not cope, in 98 even had to build a new one: a city with lots of lifts, escalators, automatic driverless metro. However, despite all the modern highways, an unprecedented height of skyscrapers and millions of tourists, Kuala Lumpur largely remained a provincial city in Asia, where inexplicably joined the technical achievements of the West and the mysterious mysticism of the East.
In Kuala Lumpur, the most intricately woven modernity and antiquity. One has only to go beyond the areas where modern skyscrapers are concentrated, as you see the real Asia, the real Malaysia. You get comfortable in the narrow streets in which the Malaysian culture inevitably surrounds you, making a real charm to understand Asia. And as Chinatown, as if still in the romantic past.
Malaysia's economic miracle has allowed very fast Kuala Lumpur to take its rightful place among the fastest growing and most luxurious cities in the world. The city is a paradise for shoppers. In many stores you can find products for every taste. But nightlife certainly will not make you feel miserable during the night of your stay in the capital of Malaysia.
What you need to visit in Kuala Lumpur?
Dataran Merdeka, Independence Square
At midnight on August 31, 1957 in this historic location in the heart of the city was the last time lowered the national flag of Great Britain. Dataran Merdeka is a field in front of the Royal Selangor Club (Royal Selangor Club), where each year Malaysians are going to mark the anniversary of independence. Formerly known as the area Selangorskogo Club, Dataran Merdeka is widely used for games of cricket, hockey, tennis and rugby until the mid-1990s when it was rebuilt with the construction of underground parking and restaurant and shopping complex. Until now, there is still conducted cricket. At the southern end of the field up the world's tallest flagpole (100m) with the national flag and flower beds at its foot. Every third Saturday of the month in the square at a time the band played the Malaysian Armed Forces and Royal Malaysian Police.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
It is the most photographed building Kuala Lumpur, designed by British architect Norman, erected from 1894 to 1897. Initially, it served the British administration secretariat. The building is a wonderful blend of Victorian and Moorish styles, and now here are the trial court and the Supreme Court. Directly next door is constructed in the same spirit of Moorish building of the former town hall.
Temple St. Mary's
Across the street from the building of the Sultan Abdul Samad is a majestic church of St. Mary, also designed by Norman and also memorable for its beauty. In the ancient Church of England established a wonderful, rare organ.
Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library
Independence Square is located behind a marvelous two-storey colonial architecture that is both a public library and reference center. Here is stored a considerable amount of information on the history of Kuala Lumpur. The library is open daily, except Saturdays, from 10.00 to 17.00.
Masjid Dzhamek mosque
Dzhamek`s mosque, located behind the Sultan Abdul Samad building, is a wonderful example of Indo-Muslim architecture. Designed by British architect Habboksom, it was built in 1909 at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak, exactly where historically built Kuala Lumpur. The mosque which stands amid the palm trees, arched colonnades and cool marble floors.
National Gallery of Art
National Art Gallery occupies an area of 5.6 acres at Jalan Temerloh, between the State Theatre and the State Library. Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time, the gallery serves the cause of preserving and developing various kinds of art, as well as research and experimentation activities in this area. The complex consists of several galleries with removable and permanent exhibitions. Here are a creative center, garden sculptures, photography studio and graphic studio, lecture hall, library, restoration facilities, a bookstore and cafe. Gallery is open from 10:00 to 18:00 (daily).
Taman Tasik Perdana Lake Park
The most popular park of Taman Tasik Perdana capital (Lake Park Kuala Lumpur) was built in 1880. It covers an area of ??91.6 hectares and is equipped with a children's play area, jogging track, warming pads and pleasure boats. Established in the Park Jubilee scene regularly musical concerts and cultural performances.
Orchid garden and hibiscus garden
Taman Tasik inside the park is located Perdana Orchid Garden, where there are more than 800 species of exotic flowers, including rare. Orchids can be purchased. Nearby is a garden hibiscus, which are raging all shades of color more than 500 varieties of this plant with thin, like paper with flower petals.
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 daily.
Park of birds
Bird Park is located across the street from the Garden of orchids. Under a huge cage collected many species of birds from around the world. For them, created conditions similar to those in which they live in the wild. Here you can see the hornbills of Sarawak, rare forest dwellers and predators. The park is open from 9.00 am to 17.00 daily.
Park of butterfly
Prior to Butterfly Park is within walking distance from the Garden Orchid and Bird Park. His multicolored create more than 6,000 butterflies belonging to 120 species. Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 every day.
Park of deers
Park constructed on a hillside where deer roam freely. Guests are allowed to communicate with these cute animals. This could come every day from 9.00 to 17.00.
Petronas Twin Towers
At the moment, stand-alone facing the Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest in the world, billowing into the sky in the metropolitan 452 m. This is an architectural wonder, inspired by the concept of the five pillars of Islam, is the axis of cutting-edge business district. The building is located Petronas Philharmonic Hall, where the band played the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Ensemble of Petronas.
Museum of Islamic Arts Malaysia
Museum of Islamic art is placed on the street. Jalan Perdana Lamb and consists of several thematic galleries. In particular, the Gallery of Muslim architecture presents visitors layouts famous buildings. In addition to this gallery in the exhibition hall of the Ottoman presence, this displays objects that belong to the epoch of the Ottoman Empire. The Gallery of the Koran and manuscripts are more than 200 rare manuscripts, Muslim, including the Koran out of 30 parts, dating from the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
As a constant scene of "National Theatre" and the National Symphony Orchestra, the theater is responsible for the development of all forms of dramatic art in the country. It is functionally designed building is not only observed the external elegance and equipped with advanced equipment, but also bears the stamp of the national heritage and traditional Malay style. It regularly hosts drama, dance and music performances.
Asian Art Museum
If you are attracted to Asian culture and exquisite ceramics, you should visit this museum, located at the University of Malaya. Here is an impressive, well-documented collection of ceramics from all over the world. The museum is open from 9.00 am to 17.00 from Monday to Friday and from 9.00 to 12.30 on Saturdays, with a break from 13.00 to 14.00 (on Fridays from 13.00 to 14.45).
Fun in Kuala Lumpur
Poetic Malaysians call their city "garden lights." The metaphor is quite understandable, as soon as night falls the streets of the capital, and lit with colored lights and signage showcase clubs, discos, karaoke halls, restaurants, bars and cinemas. Kuala Lumpur nightlife in Southeast Asia, but it remains one of the coolest capitals of the world.
Most popular clubs here its karaoke. This is a Japanese invention liking Malaysian, and now a favorite form of entertainment in this city - to sing songs in the evening in pleasant company. In addition, there are many dance clubs. Moreover, private clubs, where you can get only on membership cards or through a strict face-control and dress, not here. You can come to any club, paying about 15 ringgit. Basically, in Kuala Lumpur two types of clubs: the Chinese and European. In Chinese clubs are always noisy and fun, the atmosphere is relaxed. In Europe, all the same a little ceremony and officially come to dine here by light music. There are also a variety show, offering fine cuisine and variety with participation of foreign artists. This usually comes fairly respectable public. Most of the nightlife of the city tends toward large shopping complexes.
Some of the clubs:
The Beach, one of the most popular clubs in Kuala Lumpur, is located on P. Ramlee. It looks like a huge Uncle Tom's Cabin.
On the same street is Bollywood, named after the famous film studio in Bombay. Everything here is permeated with the spirit of Indian cinema.
Nightclub El Nino is located opposite the Hotel Nikko. This legendary institution, and the regulars say they come to Kuala Lumpur and do not go to the El Nino means to put money away. Here comes the most colorful crowd of Southeast Asia: the elderly transvestites, young hippies, the ladies in the style of decadence.
Crustacea club located on the 1st floor of shopping center Bangsar. It plays jazz, and seafood.
White Rajan - soulful club, which is located at: Jalan Telawi 4. Usually you listen to sentimental songs about love and friendship in different languages??.
About an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is the largest entertainment center "Genting". Here, on a cliff recently emerged hotel with restaurants and swimming pools, water park rides, shows and casinos. In fact, gambling is for Muslims - a terrible sin. Therefore, all wondering how the owner of "Genting" managed to make the status of "rock entertainment" special. However, right now, "Genting" became a kind of oasis of excitement in this Islamic country.
To come home, do you remember about the colorful Malaysia as long as possible, you need to bring something that keeps a particle Malaysian soul. First of all - a national handicrafts. Buy the best souvenirs in the markets of Kuala Lumpur. In this Chinatown - not only picturesque old market town. No less remarkable shopping street called Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rohman. Every Saturday he is walking, and here begins the sale of pottery, jasmine garlands and saris and sarongs batik, leather goods.
By thrown across the river Klang footbridge can be passed to the Central Market, built in 1936. Extended for a quarter of the market building facade is painted in blue and pink hues. In addition to the usual souvenir shops and eateries, you'll find an exhibition of products of Malay arts and crafts.
In areas of the market is often the venue for concerts, performances of dance, puppet theater. At Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit spreads - the biggest, bustling and lively night market the Malaysian capital. There you can buy a variety of handmade products, including the Malay headgear, prayer, sarongs batik, silverware from the state of Kelantan and traditional clay pots "labu". We recommend to pay attention to products made ??of tin - all kinds of napkin rings, decorative trays, amazingly beautiful mugs, cups, vases and tableware. Malaysian tin of very high quality, it contains 97% of treated rock. Also prized clothing, tablecloths, bags, hats, pictures of the national fabric batik. Batik production, incidentally, a very tedious process: talented artists hand-applied wax to the fabric pattern, then paint it.
Kuala Lumpur has a good transport network, offering visitors to the city not expensive and comfortable travel.
Taxi car hire in parking lots, to vote in the street or ordered by radio paging. The fare charged by the meter. During the call over the radio extra charge.
Railway service. At the station, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station to buy tickets to almost any destination on the Malay Peninsula. Features and comfortable train travel in recent years has increased thanks to the emergence of a new service - trains-computers. The service offers high-speed communication through trains plying between Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang, Rawang and Seremban.
Easy Metro Kuala Lumpur has a single light-rail system, known as STAR, which has four main lines that connect to each other different areas of the capital. The stations are located at major points of the city, sometimes in close proximity to the monorail stop. Train light rail go with an average interval of 6 to 10 minutes daily from 6.00 am to 23.30, extended working hours on holidays.
Bus service. City buses go to the capital and to the many Klang Valley settlements. As a rule, they are all equipped with air conditioning and cash registers that accept money and transport maps.