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Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian Grand Prix. P.1

Mike Seryakov • 8 minutes read • February 22nd, 2017

Kuala Lumpur

is a large metropolis, lying on a small area. Area of the city is only 250 square kilometers and a population - almost 3 million people.

This is the National Palace -

Istana Negara

. Now it is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. The palace was built in 1928 by the Chinese millionaire living in Kuala Lumpur.
During the occupation of Malaysia by Japan in 1942-1945, the palace was the seat of the Japanese governor. Only after the occupation, when it was bought by the Selangor state government, the building was renovated and given the status of the Sultan's Palace.

The territory of the palace has a park, a swimming pool and an indoor hall for badminton, several golf courses, tennis courts and a lake. Entrance to the Palace is forbidden for tourists and residents. Everyone takes pictures only at the main entrance, which is guarded round the clock by the cavalryman of His Majesty.
There are always crowds of tourists at the Palace.
Our next stop was the Chinese

Thean Hou Temple

 located on Robson Heights. This temple was built by the Hainanese community living in Kuala Lumpur, it is dedicated to Goddess Thean Hou.
This is the main mosque in Kuala Lumpur - Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan. It was built between 1998 and 2000.
There are mighty limestone hills with deep Batu Caves 12 kilometers away from the capital. The largest of them (Dark Cave) has a length of 400 meters and the height of more than 100 meters. However, you are not allowed to enter it for safety. Tourists have to settle for Light Cave.
272 steps lead to the cave, they are all numbered.
There is a shrine of the Hindu god of war Subramaniyam inside the cave. The Hindus of Malaysia celebrate Thaipusam every January and February. The main procession aims to these caves. Being in the religious ecstasy, some pilgrims pierce their cheeks and tongues with silver pins, others carry stands with flowers and fruits - "kavadis" - on their chests and backs. These constructions, which weight sometimes reaches 18 kg, are attached to the skin by metal fish hooks. Being in the state of religious trance, the pilgrims do not feel heaviness or pain.
Many monkeys live in the cave - they are pretty aggressive.
After Batu Caves I went to a batik or painted silk factory. This is a national craft, so scarves, pareo, bathrobes with exotic flowers and birds are sold in every mall. However batik is much cheaper at the factory. Moreover, there's a wider choice and you can see how artists work.
Usually they imbue the silk by hand.
The name of the city - Kuala Lumpur - has an interesting translation from Sanskrit - "muddy confluence". While other cities in Southeast Asia have more beautiful translation. For example, Singapore is the "Lion City" and Bangkok is the "City of Angels".

The city emerged on the site of modern Kuala Lumpur because of the tin mining. In 1857, 87 Chinese miners came to the confluence of two rivers - Klang and Gombak - in search of this metal. Since this area was rich in tin, they decided to settle here. However, 17 of these 87 people died from malaria during the month. This is how the history of one of the largest metropolises in Southeast Asia began.

Kuala Lumpur still remains one of the main industrial centers of tin production in the Asian region. As well as in Phuket, there is a factory for manufacturing of products made of pewter - a special tin alloy.

Royal Sengalor is the world's largest pewter factory.

This is the highest beer mug in the world, listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
You can watch products of pewter being produced in the factory...
Well, and buy manufactured goods.
Petronas Towers is the Kuala Lumpur's hallmark. The second most famous building is the Menara TV tower.
This tower is the fifth in the list of the world's high-rise TV towers. The highest one is the TV Tower in Toronto, the second one is Ostankino Tower in Moscow. Menara Tower has an observation deck at its top, where you can see entire Kuala Lumpur, as well as a restaurant that can be booked for weddings and other special occasions. Here are views of the city from the observation deck.
Twin towers "Petronas Towers". Their construction began in 1996 and ended in 1998. At the end of their construction, these towers were the highest in the world. They were planned by two architects: the American and the Malay. They were built by two construction firms, one of which was the Japanese "Hazama" and another - "Samsung Engineering and Construction". Each tower has the height of 452 meters and 88 floors. The towers were erected on the territory of the former racecourse.

One of the towers is composed entirely of offices of the Malaysian oil company - "Petronas". The second one is the office complex and is rented to other organizations. It's also the object of many tourist tours. A visit to the twin towers is absolutely free of charge for tourists, the only thing is that you need to reserve a place in the queue very early in order to get there, because only 800 tickets are sold for one day. The box offices at the towers are open at 8:30. However you should come here at about 6:30 am in order to visit these giants.

The usual sightseeing program includes the rise on the 41st floor or 42nd floor with the 10-minute tour of the Sky bridge connecting the twins. This bridge is the only connection between the towers, it is the highest two-story bridge in the world. I was lucky to visit it on the 41st floor.
This is a park near the towers.
The complex with the "Twins" also has the Aquarium, where you can watch the different inhabitants of the underwater world, as well as watch the sharks' feeding.
The National Monument or Tugu Negara was the next point of my tour of Kuala Lumpur.
This is the monument erected in memory of the Malay soldiers killed in the struggle against the Japanese occupation during the Second World War, in the period from 1948 to 1960.
Let's continue our tour (Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian Grand Prix. P.2)!
Author: Mike Seryakov
Source: turbina.ru/authors/mikeseryakov/
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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