Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My visit to the UNESCO World Georgetown in Penang was a great introduction to the country whose slogan is "Truly Asia".  However, during the drive to Kuala Lumpur, I observed some differences from other Asian countries I have visited - it seemed anything but Asian.  The roads were modern and clean, and the people follow the rules. We passed small cities, called satellite cities with modern buildings, complete with shopping malls, places of worship, hotels, schools, and housing, created to avoid congestions in major cities like Kuala Lumpur. 

Kuala Lumpur is quite nice, featuring some of the best modern buildings I've seen. The most popular is, of course, the Petronas Twin Towers, arguably one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world. Standing at 1483 feet, it is among the tallest buildings in the world, though when built, it dethroned the Sears Tower for the top spot. Nearby is the Menaras Tower, sitting on top of the hill, it stands above even the twin towers.  



Kuala Lumpur has interesting architecture which is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and post-modern.  I try to capture all the towers in Kuala Lumpur in one frame from Merdeka Square or Independence Square.



A short walk from Merdeka Square, we find the River of Life. This is the area where the Gombak River joins the Klang River. This is a popular tourist area or where tour guides bring their visitors to show how "Kuala Lumpur" got its name, which is translated to the confluence of two rivers. Again, it's backdropped by modern and old colonial buildings. We see water fog and mist coming from the side of the river. We find later that mist is used for the water fountain show. The area is beautiful at night with colored lights. 




The National Mosque is another striking architecture. This modern mosque was completed in 1965 and can accommodate 15,000 people. Non-muslims are welcome to visit and robes are kindly lent to visitors who are inappropriately dressed 



KLCC Kuala Lumpur mall is one of the biggest shopping mall in Malaysia. Although there was plenty of shops and things to buy, I spent a lot of my time sipping coffee and trying the local foods and came to realize that yes, it's different from it neighboring Asian countries like Indonesia and Thailand, but it's about as 'uber' Asian as a country can get.

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