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Kuala Lumpur Local History

A city that has grown from humble beginnings, 'Kuala Lumpur' means 'Muddy Convergence'. This is the name given by the first settlement of tin prospectors in the late 1860's,due to the area being situated where the Kelang and Gombak rivers meet. The area soon became a boomtown of miners and fortune seekers who were not afraid of getting their hands muddied in their quest for riches!

KL rapidly prospered and by the late 1800's became upmarket and prosperous. So much so that the central government was relocated to Kuala Lumpur from Klang. The town however had its bad times- in 1881 the entire town was destroyed by fire and a subsequent flood. This was followed by a building boom and in due time hard work paid off when the city became the capital of the newly formed Federated Malay States in 1896.

Kuala Lumpur is an exciting fusion of many cultures and has passed through the rulership of different countries including British rule in 1913 and an influx of immigrants such as the Indian and Chinese peoples. Adversity struck with the onset of WWII and the Japanese invasion of British Malaya. During this dark period many of Kuala Lumpur's Chinese population were tortured or killed. Many Indians were put to work on Burma's 'Death Railway'. After the war the British temporarily returned to Kuala Lumpur whereupon Malaysia declared its independence in 1957 in Dataran Merdeka (Freedom Square). The city officially became the independent Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur when it was ceded by the sultan of Selangor state in 1974.

The mixture of modern and colonial richness of Kuala Lumpur has great appeal and the city is currently the most populous and prosperous city in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur Attractions

Kuala Lumpur Shopping

Chinatown - with its street vendors and night markets is a must for bargain-hunters, collectors and souvenir junkies. Situated about 300m (330 yards) southeast of Merdeka Square it is a crowded,colourful mix of shops, activity and noise. The central section, Jalan Petaling, is a busy market that is closed to traffic and is a dream come true for night owls who enjoy night shopping and browsing through street stalls.

The Golden Triangle - an area dominated by high rise buildings including the tallest building in the world, the Petronas Towers.Shopping paradise, but not for the budget-conscious. Petaling Jayaalso has a wealth of shopping options. Don't forget the October Shopping Carnival held every year in Kuala Lumpur!

Kuala Lumpur Activities

Sunway Lagoon - A huge theme park with large waterslides and the world's biggest surf-wave pool. at Petaling Jaya, 11km (7mi) southwest of KL and easily accessed by bus.

Templer Park - Walk on the wild side! This 500-hectare (1235-acre) park is carved from the jungle. Walk the jungle paths, swim in lagoons and admire the several waterfalls. Just north of the park is an interesting 350m (1150ft) limestone formation known as Bukit Takun. The park is one hour away by bus.

National Zoo and Aquarium - The National Zoo is situated 13 kilometers north-east of Kuala Lumpur. There is also an aquarium offering a comprehensive display of marine & freshwater species.

Kuala Lumpur Parks & Gardens

Lake Gardens - These manicured gardens cover an area of 95 hectare and lie west of Merdeka Square. There is much of interest, including an aviary, butterfly park, insect museum and planetarium. Take a pleasant walk through the orchid and hibiscus gardens. Boats are also available to hire for use on Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).

Kuala Lumpur Restaurants and Bars

Abundant supplies of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables with heaps of succulent seafood form main ingredients of the delectable cuisine, which together with the chilli and curry influence of India and Thailand create unique spicy combinations. Coconut milk is ubiquitous in Malaysia and is an essential ingredient to any curry or dessert. Rice, of course, accompanies every meal. Exotic meat-free dishes can be sampled in vegan restaurants and to experience real local cuisine try a meal at a South Indian banana-leaf restaurants where it is customary to be served your food on a banana leaf and to eat with your hand.

Or try a 'Steamboat': Diners sit round a table which has a soup tureen in the middle of the table below which a fire keeps it boiling. Then place prepared raw pieces of prawns, chicken, quails' eggs, sea cucumber and liver in the boiling soup. Beef is not, however ,often found on the local menu. Redblooded beefsteak addicts may have to pop into a western style restaurant for their fix!

Kuala Lumpur Restaurants

Bangsar Seafood - A short drive from central Kuala Lumpur, is renowned for its butter crab and prawns. Open for lunch (12.00 2.30) and evening meals until 11pm daily, Bagsar specializes in spicy Chinese style cooking and is great starting point for a night out as it is situated in a vibrant area with plenty of good bars nearby. All major credit cards are accepted.

FIC's - Only a 10-minute walk from Petronas Twin Towers for those who enjoy stylish dining and efficient service- with ceiling-to-floor glass windows and tasteful decor.Open from noon to 11:00pm daily, also offering private dining rooms, a large dining hall, a cigar salon and a wine bar.All major credit cards accepted. Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Eden Seafood Village - A few minutes walk from Petronas Twin Towers, visit this restaurant for lunch (served from noon to 3.pm) or dinner 7.00pm to midnight daily.Renowned for their lobster, fresh seafood and Malaysian cuisine, enjoy your meal in a Malay cottage setting which is both comfortable and uniquely decorated. If your iron levels need a boost- they do also serve a good steak! All major credit cards accepted.

Seri Melayu - Business hours: noon to 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. daily Accepts all major credit cards. Location: Central KL. Seri Melayu offers traditional cuisine served in a verdant landscape setting. If you like hot and spicy this is for you! Lunch available from noon to 2:30 p.m.Dine (6pm to 11.pm) to nightly shows featuring Malaysian talent at 8.30pm; souvenirs are also available for purchase.

Kuala Lumpur Bars & Clubs

Most of the nightspots are concentrated in various entertainment areas making for easy access. Entertainment hubs such as The Piazza, The Embassy, Life Centre and Jalan Bukit Bintang contain a wide selection from retro bars to pool halls. Among these entertainment districts, the current hot spot is Bangsar Baru which is in a suburb of KL . Best explored on foot, Bangsar is a home to more than 50 bars and restaurants.

Bali - Open from lunch till late, this gigantic multi-concept entertainment center that incorporates a disco and regular live performances with two restaurants, a big sports bar with pool tables, four foosball tables and darts is open Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday. PS- happy hour all night long on Monday!

Echo Jazz Bar -Be part of the Bangsar nightlife hub- Echo is one of more hip places to party and be seen. Eclectic music played each night but Sunday is pure jazz only.Happy hours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m and wednesdays reserved for ladies' night.

Emporium Grand Café - The place to be seen! Convenient setting near to hippest club district. Open 12.00 to 3.00am and offering live music daily, excepting sundays; also pool tables, a wine and cigar room available.A really comprehensive Mediterranean menu and the Island bar; in short, something for everyone to enjoy. Party animals can let it all hang out on the last Saturday of each month!

Kuala Lumpur children's activities

Sunway Lagoon - A huge theme park with large waterslides and the world's biggest surf-wave pool. at Petaling Jaya, 11km (7mi) southwest of KL and easily accessed by bus.

Templer Park - Walk on the wild side! This 500-hectare (1235-acre) park is carved from the jungle. Walk the jungle paths, swim in lagoons and admire the several waterfalls. Just north of the park is an interesting 350m (1150ft) limestone formation known as Bukit Takun. The park is one hour away by bus.

National Zoo and Aquarium - The National Zoo is situated 13 kilometers north-east of Kuala Lumpur. There is also an aquarium offering a comprehensive display of marine & freshwater species.

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