|Day Two – 13 September 2020|
|Gathering Point||DoubleTree Hotel lobby|
Located at the northern edge of the city, Batu Caves hosts a famous Hindu temple which is guarded by a huge goldern spear-toting statue of Lord Murugan. After climbing 272 steps up a hill, visitors will be welcomed by a large limestone cave complex that shelter places of worship and murals of mythic scenes.
The Istana Negara is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. It is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly Jalan Duta) in the Northwest of Kuala Lumpur. Although not open to the public, visitors can take photos of the exterior as well as observe the changing of the guards, which occurs hourly.
The uniquely designed building symbolises the democratic system of Malaysia. The Parliament House was built in September 1962 and it is set up on a hill in the scenic Lake Gardens. Flanked by fountains and other ornamental features.
Lake Gardens (Perdana Botanical Garden)
The colonial-era park was the brainchild of Alfred Venning, the British State Treasurer of Selangor in the late 19th century. An ornamental lake was created by damming up Sungei Bras Bras, which was then named Sydney Lake after the wife of Frank Swettenham, the British Resident at that time. In 1890, it became the home of the Lake Club which would dominate the social scene for Europeans in Kuala Lumpur for over half a century. The park was initially called Public Gardens but later renamed Lake Gardens. In 1975, it was renamed Perdana Lake Gardens by the then Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak. It was recently renamed again to Perdana Botanical Gardens by his son, Najib Razak.
Masjid Negara as the natives would call it, is the national mosque of Malaysia. The unique and gigantic structure is inspired by Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram. Able to accommodate 15,000 worshippers, it has an umbrella-like blue-tile roof with 18 points symbolising the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. Rising above the mosque, a 74m-high minaret issues the call to prayer. Non-Muslims are welcome to visit outside prayer times; robes are available for those who are not dressed appropriately.
The National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Old Railway Station
Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station is an almost fairytale Moorish-style building to the southeast of the National Mosque. It used to be KL’s main railway hub until 2001 when Kuala Lumpur Sentral took over much of its role. Adopting a mixture of Eastern and Western styles, it was designed by A.B. Hubbock in 1910. Opposite stands the Malaya Railway Administration Building, also designed by Hubbock in 1917. Beneath the Islamic exterior, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station resembles a typical glass and iron Victorian-era English railway building.
Merdeka Square is undoubtedly one of KL’s best-known landmark. Also called Dataran Merdeka by the locals, it is set in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Directly in front is the Royal Selangor Club and to the north is St. Mary’s Church, one of Malaysia’s oldest Anglican churches.
Kuala Lumpur Craft Centre
A visit to the Kuala Lumpur Craft Cultural Complex at Jalan Conlay, is a wonderful hidden gem. Tucked away from the busy traffic, this craft centre is situated in an open-concept building, with traditional motifs and intricate wooden carvings. The complex houses several different sections comprising a craft museum, artists’ colony and craft village as well as batik gallery and souvenir shop.
The Islamic Arts Museum
The Islamic Arts Museum was officially opened on 12th December 1998. The museum is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s tourist belt amidst the lush greenery of Perdana Botanical Gardens and within walking distance to the National Mosque, Bird Park
Petronas Twin Towers* (subject to ticket availability)
Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. Together with master architect Cesar Pelli, soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the Petronas Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. Together with master architect Cesar Pelli, the international icon powerfully captures the nation’s ambitions and aspirations.