The Dynamic Kuala Lumpur – A Garden City of Lights
Kuala Lumpur – Garden City of Lights
The dynamic Kuala Lumpur, aptly nicknamed the Garden City of Lights, is the capital state of Malaysia and the premier metropolis of the country. It is one of the fastest growing and largest metropolitan regions of South-East Asia in terms of population and economy. The city covers an area of 243 square kilometres and as of 2012, has an estimated population of 1.6 million with the Greater Kuala Lumpur (locally known as Klang Valley) having an estimated population of 5.7 million.
Kuala Lumpur is separated by two regions, the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Klang Valley. Kuala Lumpur City Centre is the heart of the city and it is here that the city’s towering corporate buildings and skyscrapers are most prevalent. Klang Valley is the outer-surroundings of Kuala Lumpur City Centre covering regions of Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang and Sepang to name a few.
The city is a major tourist destination pulling in an astounding 8.9 million tourist per year making it the sixth most visited city in the world. To accommodate such large amounts of traffic, the city boasts a clutch of the world’s best 5-star hotels from Hilton to Le Meridien. The city’s booming tourism industry is a big contributing factor to this statistic, successfully bringing in a bountiful of tourists from all over the world.
The heart of the city is home to two of the most iconic landmarks of the country, the Kuala Lumpur Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers – both of which are regarded as some of the tallest buildings in the world. Many tourists flock to revel in the amazing feats of engineering that is the above mentioned two towering structures at the very first chance they get. However, the city offers so much more than just these two structures.
Its very own eclectic blend of the old and the new has made the city home to several unique architectural designs as well as fusion cuisines. For every modernistic building in the city, there are dozens more cultural shophouses next to it. These unique architectures serves as a cultural attraction to tourists and one such building is the National Palace that used to house the King of Malaysia but have since been converted into a tourist attraction.
For those looking to shop, the Bukit Bintang district is the place to be in Kuala Lumpur. A host of famous restaurants, luxury shopping malls and plenty of independent fashion boutiques guarantee many exciting things to do in the city. Pavilion KL the city’s flagship designer mall is located here, where the public are able to get the latest products in the world. Additionally, the city has a market place, Petaling Street, where cheap souvenirs, goods and some of the country’s best local food can be found.
Moreover, the city is also home to the Sepang International Circuit hosting several motorsport events with the most prominent being the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix. To put it quite simply, Kuala Lumpur is a dynamic city with its success in integrating heritage with the contemporary in all facets of the city from architecture to lifestyle. Be it a cultural vacation or a city escape, the city is a great place to visit. Is it any wonder why it is the sixth most visited city in the world?