BUKIT NANAS FOREST RESERVE
Experience a real-life tropical rainforest right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (now called KL Forest Eco-Park). The trees stand tall here and you can hear the birds singing, insects clik-claking and the occasional monkeys chattering as you wander through it.
During the formative years of KL in the 19th century, there were many battles between rival warlords. According to historians, the occupants planted pineapples (“nanas” in Malay) all around the fort here (nothing remains of it now) to deter attackers, hence the name Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill).
MASJID JAMEK (JAMEK MOSQUE)
Masjid Jamek is situated at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers, right at the very place where the history of Kuala Lumpur started. In the 19th century, early settlers of KL would unload their equipment and provisions here before trekking up the jungle path to Ampang to dig for tin.
This is the oldest mosque in KL. Built in 1907, it was designed by Arthur Benison Hubbock, an architectural assistant in the Public Works and Survey Department, who was intrigued and inspired by the Mogul architecture of India.
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
Soaring skywards to 451.9m above street level, this world-renowned icon was once the world’s tallest man-made structure. It is currently the world’s tallest twin structure and fifth tallest skyscraper. The skybridge that links the two towers is also the world’s highest two-storey bridge, doubling up as a superb viewing platform.
The 88-storey building features glass and steel on the outside, and a traditionally-inspired interior, reflecting Malaysia’s aspirations in moving forward while maintaining its national identity.
ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYSTERIAN CHURCH
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is located beside Suasana Suites Bukit Ceylon. It was built in 1917/1918 and opened for worship amidst much colonial fanfare in 1918. The church also has the best church pipe organ (Riddel-Eminent organ) in working condition in the whole of Kuala Lumpur.
The church has maintained much of its original architecture and internal furnishings. It is perhaps one of the finest examples of colonial architecture existing in Kuala Lumpur today.
Bukit Bintang (stylized as Bintang Walk or Starhill, the latter being a translation of the Malay name) is the name of the shopping and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It encompasses Bukit Bintang Road and its immediate surrounding areas.
The area has long been Kuala Lumpur’s most prominent retail belt and is home to many landmark shopping centres, al-fresco cafés, swanky bars, night markets, as well as hawker-type eateries. This area is popular among tourists and locals, especially among the youths.
At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamourous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as ‘Chee Cheong Kai’ (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia.
Haggling and bargaining is the way of life here.
SRI MAHAMARIAMMAN HINDU TEMPLE
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).
The temple is the starting point for the Thaipusam procession when thousands of devotees gather and walk to offer milk offerings to Lord Muruga in Batu Caves 15 km away. Many devotees also carry the kavadi to offer thanks to Lord Muruga during this festival for prayers answered the past year.
BANGUNAN SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD
Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Malay: Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad) is located in front of Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) and Royal Selangor Club along Jalan Raja in Kuala Lumpur. The structure takes its name from the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time when construction began.
It was designed by A.C. Norman based on Mughal architecture and built in 1894-1897 to house several important government departments during the British administration.
CENTRAL MARKET, KUALA LUMPUR
Central Market Kuala Lumpur is located near to KL’s Chinatown. It was founded in 1888 and was originally used as a wet market. The current building was completed in 1937.
It has since been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.
Do visit this place if you enjoy studying the arts and cultures of the various communities of Malaysia. Lots of souvenirs are also available here to take back home.
PERDANA BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Perdana Botanical Garden, formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens, is situated in the Heritage Park of Kuala Lumpur. It has always been a part of the green lung of the city. Originally created as part of a recreational park, it is planted with a wide collection of tropical plants. You can experience a tropical rainforest setting right in the heart of KL in this garden.
Nearby can be found many places of interests such as Malaysia’s Parliament House, the National Monument, Butterfly Park and KL Bird Park.