Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Overview

Kuala Lumpur (KL for short) is Malaysia’s fast paced capital, packed with contemporary skyscrapers, historic monuments and bustling with energetic locals and lively street markets.

Essential parts of the vibrant mix are the astounding colourfully adorned mosques and temples of the country’s Malay, Chinese and Indian communities. The vibrant capital city of Malaysia is boasting with skyscrapers and colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions.

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History and culture

Founded by determined tin prospectors from China and the Malay Peninsula in the 19th century, carving it out of the jungle, the city is relatively new in the grand scheme of things.

When the city was made the capital of the Malaysia Peninsular in the late 19th century by the British, it had only been in existence for a couple of decades, and started life proudly with grand colonial buildings and impressive streetscapes. 

Today the city has a rich history and is home to a melting pot of three dominant cultures – Malays, Chinese and Indians. Since independence in 1957 from British rule, KL has cemented itself as a modern and cosmopolitan capital and a cultural centre of the Peninsular Malaysia. 

Quick facts

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Currency

Malaysian ringgit (MYR)

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Electricity

240 V/50 Hz.

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Population

1.58 million

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Seasons

It’s warm year round; enjoy KL all year from January to December. However the city can be best enjoyed during Chinese New Year (Jan/Feb)

Getting around

In and around the city

Kuala Lumpur is the hub of a rail-based urban network consisting of the KTM Komuter, KLIA Ekspres, KLIA Transit, light rail (LRT) and monorail systems. Though you can easily and freely get around much of central Kuala Lumpur on a combination of rail and monorail services. 

KL By Cycle rents basic bikes at the information desk in the underground mall across from KL City Gallery. Rentals include a helmet. Rental bikes are also available at Titiwangsa Lake Gardens.

Getting you there

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