Kuala Lumpur, or "KL" as it is commonly known is the Capital and largest city in Malaysia, with over 2 million people. From the moment that you arrive in KL as a medical travel patient you will immediately notice that it is a very modern Asian city with gleaming skyscrapers dotting the skyline, including the world’s tallest building, The Petronas Towers. However, upon closer inspection, you will see the city’s past in the evocative British colonial buildings. In KL you will see the blending of the ancient past along with the ultra modern. It is a beautiful and charming city that remains very safe and easy to navigate for all tourists.
KL was established in the late 1850's, after rich tin mines were discovered nearby. It grew quickly as a mining settlement and trading post. People from southern China and elsewhere moved in to work in the tin mines. Many of these Chinese later established businesses and gained great wealth there. KL fell under British control in the 1870's. In 1957, KL became capital of the independent nation of Malaya. Malaya and nearby states united in 1963 and formed the nation of Malaysia.
Activities in Kuala Lumpur (KL)
Please be advised that you may not be able to participate in certain activities after receiving your medical tourism treatment. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the appropriate activities in which you can participate.
Malaysian Tourist Information Complex (MATIC)
A good place to begin any visit to Kuala Lumpur is the one-stop information centre, which provides a general picture of what the city and Malaysia have to offer to a health tourism guest. Audio-visual equipment provides background information on each state in the country. You can book a tour, arrange to go on a trishaw ride in the city, change your money, and book air or bus tickets to various destinations in Malaysia. International calls, facsimile and telex services are also offered
The main shopping areas in Kuala Lumpur are the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area, Jalan Petaling or Jalan Bandar area, and Jalan Bukit Bintang area.
The art-deco structure of the Central Market is a centre for the display and development of Malaysian culture, arts and crafts. Here you will find many performances, demonstrations, and activities, including batik painting, fortune telling, shadow puppet plays, glass blowing, dance classes, art classes, and many others. This building won the Coronation Architecture Design Award in 1953.
Petaling Street, the center of KL’s original Chinatown, maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors spread their wares out on the street. While it is possible to purchase anything from gems and incense to toys and t-shirts here, enjoying the night market is really a matter of just wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds, and energy.
Places of Interest
Petronas Twin Towers
At a height of 452 meters, Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of 88-storey buildings, are the world's tallest free-standing towers. Apart from offices, these awesome towers also house a state-of-the-art concert hall--the Petronas Philharmonic Hall, home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Petronas Performing Arts Group.
The designs on the towers are based on geometric patterns common in Islamic architecture. Special features of the towers include the double-deck sky-bridge and high-speed double-deck lifts. The first few floors house shopping arcades restaurants, a science museum and the concert hall and are the only floors open to public. Admission is free, however tickets are limited and issued daily on a first-come-first-served basis.
Located at Jalan Tun Razak, this blue-roofed building was inspired by a tengkolok, the traditional Malay headgear, and songtet, a richly designed brocade fabric. The extensive holdings include a collection of publications on Malaysia by Malaysian authors as well as ancient Malay manuscripts. Open: 1Oam-5pm (Sat-Sun), Closed on Monday.
KL Railway Station
Located at Jalan Hishamuddin, this Moorish-style terminal was designed by architect A.B. Hubbock. Built in 1910, it underwent extensive renovations in 1986. It is equipped with air-conditioned waiting halls, snack kiosks, money changing booths, souvenir shops, restaurants and a tourist information counter. Across the street is the Malayan Railway Administration Building, another fine example of the British colonial adaptation of Moorish architecture. It is linked to the station by an underground thoroughfare.
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