Kuala Lumpur is the bustling capital city of Malaysia and its showpiece of prosperity and grandeur. Unromantically, Kuala Lumpur means ‘muddy estuary’, a name coined by the original tin prospectors who arrived at the confluence of the Kelang and Gombak rivers in 1860. The city has progressed considerably since then, and now the river water reflects the glittering skyscrapers that rise elegantly, competing for dominance of the skyline.
This city is a blend of old and new worlds, a melting pot of the diverse influences of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, making exploring Kuala Lumpur a fascinating experience. An exploration of Kuala Lumpur is best begun from Merdeka Square, the heart of the city. To the southeast of the square is the modern business centre and the bustling, colourful streets of Chinatown. The picturesque National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and impressive Railway Station can be located to the south, and beyond them to the west is the city’s green belt. The tranquil and lush Perdana Botanical Gardens provide some respite from the frenetic activity of the city. The National Museum (Muzim Negara), the National Monument, and the Malaysian Parliament are also found on this stretch. Kuala Lumpur’s most famous landmark, however, is the stunning Petronas Towers, which afford visitors phenomenal views of the city.