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Kuala Lumpur Introduction


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Kuala Lumpur (or KL, as it's known to locals) is the center and symbol of Malaysia and its rapid rise as an economic powerhouse. The rocketlike Petronas Twin Towers soar above a city built to impress, from the modern buildings of the Golden Triangle to massive shopping malls to driverless trains that glide across the bustling city.   Click here to see the full Kuala Lumpur travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kuala Lumpur Geography


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Kuala Lumpur lies within the Klang Valley on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. To the east is the Titiwangsa mountain range. Two rivers (the Gombak and the Klang) run through the city.  Click here to see the full Kuala Lumpur travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kuala Lumpur History


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Founded by Chinese tin miners who set up camp at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers in the 1850s, Kuala Lumpur literally means "muddy estuary." It remained a turbulent mining camp until Yap Ah Loy, a philanthropist and leader of the Chinese community, assumed leadership of the town. By the 1880s, the city's image and economy had improved to a point that the British moved their official base to Kuala Lumpur from Port Klang.   Click here to see the full Kuala Lumpur travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kuala Lumpur Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The sights no one can miss—unless clouds get in the way—are the Petronas Twin Towers, among the tallest buildings in the world, and the Menara Kuala Lumpur communications tower, which is nearly as tall as the twins. Malaysians see these pinnacles of modern construction as symbols of Asia's dynamism and growth. They dwarf in size, but not in importance, the other things to see in Kuala Lumpur. Chief among them are the Masjid Jamek (Jamek mosque), the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Museum, which hosts Malay cultural displays.   Click here to see the full Kuala Lumpur travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kuala Lumpur Nightlife


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Kuala Lumpur has a vibrant nightlife scene, with discos, clubs and live music to appeal to most tastes. A number of popular bars are located in the suburban neighborhoods of Bangsar and Desa Sri Hartamas. The heart of the club scene is downtown, where some of the largest and most popular clubs are clustered around the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P. Ramlee (between Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur City Centre). Asian Heritage Row is a short stretch near the Sheraton Imperial Hotel that has many small bars and dance clubs. Another hot spot, Changkat Bukit Bintang, behind Jalan Bukit Bintang, packs a number of bars and restaurants in a charming back road off the beaten path.   Click here to see the full Kuala Lumpur travel guide on Travel42 »

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Kuala Lumpur Restaurants & Dining


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Malaysia's cultural mix and its proximity to other Southeast Asian countries produces a rich variety of tantalizing cuisines. You'll find Chinese, Indian and Malay food sold from stalls right on the street. Street food is considered safe in KL, partly because vendors prepare food fresh each day, but we recommend that you avoid any places that appear unclean.  Click here to see the full Kuala Lumpur travel guide on Travel42 »

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