From an outsider’s observation, Kuala Lumpur, or KL as known by the locals, may seem to exude the vibe of an ultra fast-paced, technologically modern city. And this statement would be accurate to and extent. But for most tourists and visitors, KL is one of the best cities to visit in Malaysia. After all, it’s the capital city of the country, as well as tourist central of Malaysia.
From uber-affordable shopping to a long list of scrumptious local delicacies to a lineup of sky-piercing skyscrapers, KL is home to almost everything you’d expect from an ever-expanding, fast-growing metropolis.
On the flip side, KL has also been a constant avenue for Malaysians and even international workers to build a career — a veritable land of opportunity, if you will. It’s where most companies, both international and locals alike, are likely to set up shop if they were to plan an expansion in nearly any industry to breach the Southeast Asian market.
Kuala Lumpur At A Glance
As mentioned, KL is officially known as the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and is very much the heart of the country. It is the cultural, financial, and economic stronghold of Malaysia, as well as being the home to the Parliament of Malaysia and Istana Negara — the latter acting as the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
As far as the geographical locale is concerned, KL is placed within the enclave of Selangor, found more specifically, on the central West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Within the city, you’ll find plenty of streets lined with international brands and establishments catered towards both the working class and tourists.
Notably, KL is the home of the former tallest buildings in the world — the 451 metres Petronas Twin Towers. This world-famous pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers are decorated with Islamic motifs and can be found smack dab in the middle of the city centre of KL. One particularly exciting experience to be had here is heading up to the sky bridge and observation deck for a magnificent view of the entire city.
But that’s not all KL has to offer, for moving away from the city you’ll find the skyline slowly opening up as soon as you leave KL. What greets you are rows of antiquated shophouses offering a smorgasbord of various cheap local food. Specifically, smaller towns around the fringes of KL city like Cheras and Kepong offers their own unique charm which will surely attract off-the-beaten-path lovers.
Certainly, KL offers plenty of experiences and sights you’d come to expect from a globally known tourist destination.