Kuala Lumpur is the biggest city in Malaysia, as well as the capital of the country. This city covers an area of ninety four square miles and inside the city limits the population is just over one and a half million residents. Kuala Lumpur also has a rather large suburban area surrounding the city with a peak population of over seven million as of 2008. Though the executive and judicial branches no longer reside within Kuala Lumpur, it still remains the location for the legislative branch of the government embodied by the Parliament of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur remains, however, the official home of the King of Malaysia.
The most important segment of Kuala Lumpur’s economy is tourism. In fact, the influx of money from tourist is of vital importance to this Malaysian city. This is evidenced by the ever increasing presence of international hotel chains that seems to little the entire city. As of recently there has also been an increase in the number of shopping malls and multiplexes. But, the popularity of Kuala Lumpur extends beyond even these two factors. This city is also home to a large number of zoos, museums and historic monuments that are sure to keep the average visitor busy for quite some time.
The Malaysia Tourism Centre is a one stop shop for tourist looking to learn about the latest attractions of Kuala Lumpur. This building was originally built in 1935 and was used as the mansion of a wealthy farmer named Eu Tong Seng. It was restored in 1988 and ever since has been the first stop for any visitor wishing to plan their vacation through Kuala Lumpur and the whole of Malaysia.
One of the most popular of these tourist destinations is the AP Art Gallery. This gallery depicts many different works of art that depict various forms of Malaysian life, including city landscapes, watercolor art of rural life and also works chronicling the history of the people. And if visitors find something that interest them, they can purchase it for a nominal price. The Gallery At Star Hill is another popular attraction. Here visitors can find paintings, ceramics and stoneware depicting Malaysian life in various forms.
Bird lovers should be sure to check out the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. This bird park is one of the largest in all of Asian and features spectacular open air aviaries. There are literally thousands of different birds here, as well as many different types of plants and foliage. Just a short trip from the bird park is the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park. This butterfly farm contains over six thousand butterflies from one hundred and twenty different species. Adding to the majesty of this butterfly park is the addition of over fifteen thousand tropical plants creating one of the largest man made rainforest. Visitors can check out the collection from the specially built gazebo. There is also a souvenir stand where guest can purchase a memento of their visit. Another sensational animal park is the Kuala Lumpur Deer Park. Here visitors can not only enjoy the many different species of deer in a natural setting, but some of them are so accustomed to humans that they will actually eat right out of your hand.
But, Kuala Lumpur offers more than just animal parks. There are also many historic sites and monuments that are open to the public. One of the most popular of these is the Cathedral of Virgin St. Mary. This Gothic style cathedral was originally consecrated in 1895. This small cathedral can accommodate two hundred people and there are wonderful views of the open air roof and stained glass windows.
The Jamek Mosque is another religious destination that is definitely worth a look. This impressive building was opened in 1909 and is one of the oldest mosques in the city. The central dome is over sixty feet high and is flanked by two smaller domes. This building was designed by A.B. Habback, a famed British architect. It was directly modeled after the Moghul Mosque located in India. Another building designed by A.B. Habback is the Malayan Railway Administration Building. This building was designed in 1917 and is a perfect example of Moorish architecture. This building has dramatic arches and domes that lends a fantasy like feel to it. This building is no longer used for the railway, but is a perfect example of what travel must have been like in the past.
One of the most physically impressive landmarks in Kuala Lumpur is the Kuala Lumpur Tower, also known as the Menara Kuala Lumpur. This telecommunication tower is supposed to be the largest tower of its kind in Asia. It stands over twelve hundred and fifty feet and visitors can get a great view of the city from its observation deck.
Seated not far from the halls of Parliament is the National Monument. This large bronze statue was built in 1966 and was erected as a monument to all the soldiers who lost their lives in the fight against communism. It depicts seven soldiers hoisting the Malaysian flag and stand just over forty five feet high. The most popular modern attraction is the National Planetarium Of Kuala Lumpur. This planetarium is seated on Lake Gardens and offers visitors a fascinating look into the workings of the universe. Located here are various astronomy exhibits as well as several educational interactive exhibitions where guest can learn about the universe through a hands on approach.
For visitors wishing to see the largest twin towers in the world, than a visit to Petronas Twin Towers is a must. These towers stand over thirteen hundred feet and have eighty-eight stories. This building is built in the classic Islamic style and contains a very prominent concert hall, Petronas Philharmonic Hall. The bottom floors contain stores, arcades and restaurants, as well as a museum dedicated to science.Kuala Lumpur also has several stadiums where sporting events such as badminton. The stadiums in this city include Stadium Merdeka, Stadium Negara and Chin Woo Stadium.