Two Symbolic Sights of Kuala Lumpur
We continue our journey to interesting areas of Kuala Lumpur and today we will show you very symbolic sights.
But let’s begin with ourselves. This time we were renting a room in the Northern part of Kuala Lumpur. We landed up in a modern condominium complex with a swimming pool, a gym and a small convenience store in the area called Sentul. It consists of two parts: Sentul Barat (West Sentul) and Sentul Timur (East Sentul). Here one can find many Hindu temples and churches because many Indian workers settled down in this area to work in the train depot beginning from 1896.
Here is an example of how a cow-house of a Hindu temple is found side by side with some modern skyscrapers:
This is the city view out of the window at different day times and weather conditions:
And here we come to the first symbolic sight. The two towers you could see on the pictures above are called Petronas Twin Towers. They are an iconic symbol of Malaysia’s capital city and are located in the area called KLCC – Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Tower One is fully occupied by the Malaysian state-owned oil company Petronas, and its subsidiaries and associate companies. Tower Two is mostly taken by multinational companies such as Accenture, Al-Jazeera, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Reuters and others. Underneath the towers is a large commercial centre, called Suria KLCC.
The double-decked Skybridge at the Petronas Twin Towers is one of its major draws, offering amazing views of the city. Visitors need a pass to enter the bridge: since a limited number are issued each day it is useful to arrive there early as queues can be long.
In front of the towers is the KLCC Park with the Symphony Lake as the main attraction.
Let’s go the the next sight: Masjid Negara – National Mosque of Malaysia. It was built in 1965 as the symbol of the independence that the country gained in 1957. The mosque architecture includes several contemporary elements to portray the progressive culture of the country.
The entrance is free and every visitor receives a special piece of clothes, if dressed inappropriately.
Behind the mosque is a little mausoleum for certain Malaysian Muslim leaders. In Islam it is important for a burial place to be far enough from the praying place, as praying to anyone or anything beside God is considered a sin.
And this is the view on the main praying hall from the mausoleum.
Finally, below you can see the outfit that is given to one to visit the mosque.
To sum up our month in KL, there was a lot to discover and we could see that there are many construction projects still going on. So, we are looking forward to coming back here and also visiting the newly built neighbour cities. Kuala Lumpur is very international, there are brands, groceries, books and other products from all corners of the globe. For us, as an international couple, it was a great pleasure to discover the “unity in diversity” of Malaysia. The racial discrimination may still exists, considering the fact that the governments’ campaigns against are still running actively. However, we could see and feel the success of it.
Want to know more about Kuala Lumpur? Then you might be interested in reading about superstitions, we came across here.