Kuala Lumpur is the bustling
capital city of Malaysia and its showpiece of
prosperity and grandeur. Kuala Lumpur means 'muddy
estuary', a name coined by the original tin prospectors
who arrived at the confluence of the Kelang and
Gombak rivers in 1860.
Kuala Lumpur has progressed
considerably since then as can be witnessed in
the reflections of the glittering skyscrapers
elegantly rising between the well-preserved colonial
buildings of yesteryear.
This blend of old and
new worlds, interspersed with the diverse influences
of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultural lifestyles,
makes for a fascinating exploration of the city's
streets. An orientation of Kuala Lumpur is best
begun from Merdeka Square, the heart of the city.
To the southeast of
the square is the modern business centre and the
bustling streets of Chinatown. The picturesque
National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and impressive
Railway Station can be located to the south and
beyond them to the west is the city's green belt.
The tranquil and lush
Lake Gardens provides some respite from the frenetic
activity of the city. The National Museum (Muzim
Negara), the National Monument and the Malaysian
Parliament are also found on this stretch.
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