Interesting Places in Kuala Lumpur

Interesting Places in Kuala Lumpur
Interesting Places in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, both the capital of and the largest city in Malaysia, is a fascinating urban center with a diverse population, including Malays, Chinese, Eurasians, Indians, Kadazan and indigenous peoples. While there are many amazing sights to see in Kuala Lumpur, these are consistently the top destinations for tourists.
Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Twin Towers have become an iconic image associated with the city, much like the Empire State Building is to New York City. According to the tower's official website, Argentinean architect Cesar Pelli designed the towers with five tiers to represent the five pillars of Islam and used geometric designs commonly used in Islamic art, remaining true to the art, culture and religion of this primarily Muslim nation.

When they opened in 1998, the towers were the tallest structure in the world, standing at 452 meters. They have since been surpassed in height by the 509 meter tall Taipei 101 Tower in 2004 which will in turn be surpassed by the Burj Dubai tower when it is completed.

Visitors can get one of the free 1200 tickets given out daily by going to the ticket counter before 8:30 a.m. With your ticket, you can go to the 41st floor Skybridge, which is 170 meters above street-level.

Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
(603) 2051-1320
pettgs@petronas.com.my
http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my

Islamic Arts Museum

The permanent exhibits of the Islamic Arts Museum are fascinating, beautiful and diverse, just like the culture and history of Kuala Lumpur itself. There are exhibits focusing on architecture, jewelry, the Quran, textiles, ceramics, arms, coins, India, China and the Malays. The Ottoman room is an amazingly authentic reconstruction of an Ottoman-Syrian room circa 1820 to 1821 AD. There is also a collection of miniature mosques representing mosques from around the world. This museum is a great means to truly understand the richness of the culture, art and history of this region and its diverse peoples.


Islamic Arts Museum
Jalan Lembah Perdana
(603) 2274 2020
info@iamm.org.my
http://www.iamm.org.my/

Aquaria KLCC

The main aquarium of Kuala Lumpur, Aquaria KLCC, has an amazing array of marine life indigenous to the region. Visitors can attend feeding sessions of piranhas, bamboo sharks, electric eels, arapaimas and many more sea animals. There is a 90-meter long underwater tunnel visitors can walk through for a fascinating, up-close look at the marine life. Other highlights of the aquarium are the rare sand-tiger sharks and the 10-foot long gigantic Arapaima. The Aquaria is adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers, so if you are planning on visiting the towers, you can try to fit in the Aquaria the same day.


Aquaria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
(603) 2333 1888
www.klaquaria.com

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