Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Malaysia Info - Places of Interest Kuala Lumpur

Exotic Tropical Gardens. Dazzling Skyscrapers. Quaint Heritage Buildings. Explore A City Full of Surprises Where The Mood and Rhythm Changes From One Sight to Another. Stop. Savor. You'll Discover The Unique Charm and Appeal of Kuala Lumpur.

A stately, historic building rich in character, it was built in 1897 to house several important government departments during the British administration. This Moorish-inspired building, topped by a shiny copper dome and a 40m high  clock tower, is a major landmark in the city. It serves as the backdrop for important events such as the National Day Parade on August 31 and the ushering in of the New Year. This heritage buildings now occupied by the Supreme Court and the Textile Museum. RUMAH PENGHULU ABU SEMAN
The heritage centre of the Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage of Malaysia Trust) is located in a mock Tudor building dating from 1925. In the garden is a bamboo hut built by Orang Asli of the Temiar community and a restored Malay timber house known as the Rumah Penghulu. This was formerly the residence of a local headman in Kedah. It is beautifully decorated throughout with intricate carvings and has been furnished to reflect a house in the early thirties with some wedding accoutrements. A guided tour and viewing of a video documentary on the restoration is available.
The centre hosts regular exhibitions with a heritage theme and has a gift shop and reference library.

The National Sports Complex situated on a 200 acre site in Bukit Jalil is the venue for sports and other functions. It houses the National Stadium, Putra Stadium, National Aquatic Centre, National Hockey Stadium and National Squash Centre. Traditional carvings adorn the main entrance of the National Stadium which was the venue for the opening, closing ceremonies and the track and field events during the Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games.
The family park consists of two rugby fields, two soccer fields, a sepak takraw court, beach volley ball, basket ball courts plus a children's playground.
Changing rooms, food stalls, surau (prayer room) and bathrooms are provided. Camping area for scouts with basic facilities plus training equipment for obstacle and endurance activities.

Built in 1910, the station is yet another heritage building that reflects the influence of Moorish architecture. It was extensively renovated in 1986 to provide air-conditioned comfort and modern facilities for rail passengers. From this station, passengers can travel to most cities and towns on Peninsular Malaysia's west coast and to Tumpaton the east coast. There are also train services to Singapore and Thailand.
Permanent home of the National Theatre Company and the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre is responsible for the development of all forms of theatrical art in Malaysia.
Designed as a functional building which not only reflects the beauty of form, the National Theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment while still retaining the national heritage and traditional Malay design.
Drama, dance and musical performances are held regularly.


Facing the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square, an immaculately-tufted 8.2 hectare area of historical interest. A 100 meter-high flagpole marks the spot where the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957 signifying the independence of the country from British rule. At the opposite end of the square is an inviting spot where visitors can relax amid soothing rushing waters of fountains, elegant colonnades and colorful beds of zinnias and marigolds. Beneath the square is Plaza Putra, an underground food, leisure and entertainment complex.
This uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolizes the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret.
The national mosque serves serves as the principal mosque for the city dwellers.

Located at the north of the National Sports Complex is a memorial park for the Kuala Lumpur '98 Commonwealth Games Commonwealth Hill. Major plazas located here are Plaza Bendera, Plaza Komanwel, Plaza Central which highlight the history and information on all the nations which took part in the Kuala Lumpur '98 Games.
Plaza Pandangan (Scenic Plaza) is the highest point from where you can get a breathtaking view of the National Sports Complex and Kuala Lumpur skyline.
Trees surrounding a man made lake reflect the abundance of Malaysia's natural tropical resources.

This landscaped garden is a recreational area for a leisure stroll along the river. Lush and shady trees line the river bank.
Exercise stations are provided at certain places along the rive bank for light work-outs making it a pleasant experience.

Located on a 5.67 acres site at Jalan Temerloh, the National Art Gallery is flanked by the National Theatre and the National Library.
Built with aesthetics and functionality in mind, the art gallery creates a space for the preservation, development, exploration and experimentation of the various facets of art in Malaysia. There are a number of galleries housing various permanent and temporary exhibitions. Amenities available include a creative centre, a sculpture garden, a photography and graphics studio, and auditorium, a library, a restoration space, a book shop and a cafe.

This blue-domed structure is situated atop a hill in KL Lake Gardens. Its attractions include the space theatre whit screens space shows and movies. In the main hall are permanent exhibits related to space science. Among them is Arianne IV space engine - one of the engines used to launch MEASAT I, Malaysia's first satellite into space. Head towards the Observatory where on a full moon you can see the heavenly bodies through the 14-inch telescope. The planetarium extends to a space theme park where replicas of ancients observatories are sited. The planetarium is connected by an overhead pedestrian bridge to the National Museum.
KL's most popular park, located at Jalan Perdana, showcases harmony, beauty and tranquility created by both man and nature. Built around two lakes, the sprawling 91.6 hectares tropical garden is a pleasant oasis within the city providing a cool and soothing ambience as one walks through a vista of exotic blooms, luxuriant foliage, imposing sculptures, creative theme parks and majestic-looking rain trees. Attractions within the park are:
Walk under pergolas, delighting in the exotic blooms of orchids or stroll through orchid-lined walkways! Buy a plant specimen as a memento of your visit to KL! Over 800 varieties of orchids, including the exotic species, thrive abundantly on this 1 hectare floral paradise. Cut flowers and plants are sold on weekend. Orchid growers at the garden provide practical tips and advice on the art of orchid growing.
More than 15,000 plants have been used to create this tropical rainforest setting of this park. It houses over 6,000 butterflies. There is a nursery and breeding area for butterflies.
One of the largest bird parks in the region the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park houses over 5,000 birds, with 90% local and 10% imported from overseas. The park spans 2-8 hectares of enclosure, 3.2 hectares of free flight aviary and 0.5 hectare devoted to the hornbill.
Hibiscus, the 'Queen of Tropical Flowers' thrives in glorious shades in this garden where over 500 varieties are grown. Among them is the rosa sinensis, Malaysia's national flower.
Roaming in idyllic bliss amid ponds, trees and dense hectares enclosure, are spotted deer from Holland. Look Out, too, for the elusive Kancil, the mousedeer from Malaysia's rainforest.
Designed by the famous sculptor, Felix de Weldon, this 15.54m high bronze monument was constructed in 1966 to honor the country's fallen heroes during the Communist in urgency. It is one of the largest freestanding sculptures in the world.
Waterscape and landscape is combined harmoniously in this garden located just below the National Monument. It has a collection of prize-winning sculptures by some of the finest artists in the ASEAN region.

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