"K.L. - The most cosmopolitan Asian capital" Kuala Lumpur by MikeAtSea

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Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as “KL,” has developed around the Y-shaped junction of the two rivers, the Klang and Gombak. In the space of a century, the city grew from a trading post and tin mining shantytown into a colonial capital. By 1896, Kuala Lumpur had steadily developed into the capital of the New Federated Malay States.
Today it is a cosmopolitan, modern business hub and the centre of government. With a population of about two million, it is one of Southeast Asia’s smallest capitals.
The rapidly growing business center of KL and its industrial satellites are gaining the lion’s share of the country’s manufacturing investment. Scores of stylish high-rise office blocks have gone up, contrasting sharply with the Victorian and Moghul-style buildings, the Art Deco central market and the Chinese shop-houses.
The 1,483-feet-high Petronas Twin Towers, symbols for the astounding growth that has taken place in Malaysia over the last two decades, surpassed the Sears Tower in Chicago as the world’s second tallest building, and was only recently superseded by the 1,670-feet Taipei 101 building in Taiwan.
Kuala Lumpur makes great efforts to create a new Malaysian architecture that will lend the city a more integrated look and a national identity. However, it is the unique blend of traditional Malay heritage, British colonial architecture, Chinese and Indian cultures that make KL such an interesting place to visit.

  • Last visit to Kuala Lumpur: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Dec 22, 2004
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