Fun facts about Kuala Lumpur


Petronas Towers
The vivacious, vibrant and historic city of Kuala Lumpur offers the traveller plenty of things to discover. Before you do, here are a few fun facts to read to get you in the mood.
  • The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur covers a vast 243 km squared area, and houses a huge population of 1,627,172 people. That makes it both the largest and most populous city in the country. It is also the legislative capital, housing the Parliament of Malaysia.
  • Kuala Lumpur was founded by Chinese tin miners back in 1857. The name means ‘muddy confluence' in reference to the city's position on the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, just Northwest of Singapore.
  • The most popular tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world. These famous sky scrapers were built by two large corporate groups. One was created by the Japanese Hazama Corporation and the other was built by Korean multinational company Samsung. The architect for both buildings was Argentinian Cesar Pelli and they took six years to build. The next most popular destination for travellers is Istana Negara, which the King of the country calls home.
  • Retail and fashion have always been part of the Kuala Lumpur pull. Today the city boasts more than 66 shopping malls, making it the shopping capital of Malaysia.
  • Kuala Lumpur is an incredible hive of religious activity. In this city, you will find a huge number of Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Hindu and Sikh devotees. Visiting KL is, therefore, a must for anybody interested in the history and spread of spirituality.
  • If you live in the US, Canada, any Arab nation or in Commonwealth Europe, you have even more of a reason to head to Kuala Lumpur as you can visit without a visa for up to 3 months at a time. That gives you lots of time to soak up the unique cultural vibe.
  • Citizens of Kuala Lumpur are referred to as KLites.


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