Gorgeous sights and sounds and a vibrant atmosphere are just some of the things I felt and experienced when I visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I saw a city full of life and vigour; with a rich respect for their colourful past and a clear cut vision for their future. Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating mix of traditional Malay culture and contemporary and modern trends. I could see it in their buildings and infrastructures, and in the way they go about their day-to-day activities – that unique blend of tradition and modernization. The city had me captivated from the moment I set foot on its soil. It has surely not disappointed me with its amazing line of things to see and do.
The impressive limestone hill of the Batu Caves has indeed struck me speechless. Said to be around 400 million years old, these series of caves has stood the test of time and are just remarkable for it. The Batu Caves serve as Hindu Shrines. Outside of the caves stands the very imposing and magnificent statue (second tallest Hindu deity statue in the world) of Lord Murugan. This enormous golden statue is quite a sight of awe. Annually, the Thaipusam Festival is held at the Batu Caves. Hundreds or thousands of Hindu devotees and pilgrims from around the world flock to the caves every year to celebrate this well revelled event. The participants of the procession bring milk as offering to the great Lord Murugan.
A pink dome-shaped mosque, the Putra Mosque is an astounding piece of architecture that is a real treat to the eyes and soul. Upon entering the building, I immediately felt its sacred presence. Anybody, whether a devotee or not, can appreciate the power and magnificence of the Putra Mosque once they get an actual first-hand experience with it. Divided into three sub-areas, the structure has a prayer hall, a courtyard, and several function rooms. At full capacity, the Putra Mosque is able to carry 15,000 guests at any one time.
Kuala Lumpur has a number of very notable modern pieces of architecture. One of them is the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Constructed in 1995, the broadcasting and communications tower is the seventh tallest telecommunications tower in the world. Its remarkable design and stunning beauty is certainly a tourist attraction all on its own.
Of course, no self-respecting tourist would go to Kuala Lumpur and leave without seeing the Petronas Twin Towers. They are the landmark of the city as much as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. A vast number of great establishments that reside in the Petronas Towers make these two skyscrapers that much more appealing to guests. Within the structures, there is the Suria KLCC, an impressive upscale mall and shopping centre. The double-decker Skybridge connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. The view from the Skybridge is breath-taking. I felt like I could see the whole of Kuala Lumpur in that bridge.
To sum it all up, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is truly a city of wonder. It is authentically Asian and yet its modern marvels and trends may rival those of European and American countries.
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