Affectionately referred to
as KL, Kuala Lumpur is a delightful juxtaposition of old and new.
Traditional Moorish buildings stand among gleaming state-of-the-art
skyscrapers. And several pockets of lush greenery create peaceful
oases amid the city hustle and bustle.
The largest and most dynamic of all Malaysian
cities, KL is also home of the tallest building in the world and
the tallest observation tower in Southeast Asia. But amidst the
spectacular structures, the soul of KL is quintessentially Malaysian
- with multi-faceted cultures, sumptuous cuisine, and smiling
faces at every turn.
and beautiful, with tree-lined streets, parks and public flower
gardens, Kuala Lumpur transforms into a veritable wonderland of
lights at night, earning its name 'Garden City of Lights'.
centuries, Malaysia has enticed visitors from afar. A succession
of colonists, including the Portugese, Dutch and British, ventured
forth to the fabled Spice Islands of the East as early as the 15th
century. Later, traders from India and China were attracted by
new-found treasures. They brought their respective cultures with
them and assimilated harmoniously with the indigenous people.
Today with a population of over 23 million,
Malaysia is a unique blend of different races. They comprise mainly
of Malays, Chinese, Indians and 55 other ethnic groups such as
Ibans, Dayaks, Kadazans and Dusuns.
different ethnic groups make for a wealth of colorful customs
and traditions. The main religious festivities are Hari Raya Puasa
(Aidilfitri) and Hari Raya Haji (Aidiladha) for Muslims, Chinese
New Year and Lantern Festival for the Chinese, Thaipusam (Day
of Penance observed by Hindus) and Deepavali (Festival of Lights)
for Indians, and Wesak Day for Buddhists. Christmas is celebrated
by Christians as well as non-Christians.