Culture of Kuala Lumpur. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Cityscape Blue Hour Colonial part of the city would be most attractive for travelers, as main historical and architectural landmarks are concentrated here. Here is a beautiful mosque Masjid Jamek, the construction of which took place in the early 20th century. The prototype of this beautiful architectural structure is the Mongolian mosque located in northern India. No less interesting is Sultan Abdul Samad, the State Secretariat. It is a beautiful building with domes and high tower that is a prime example of Moorish architecture.
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Nearby is the Textile Museum; there you can see a fine collection, which will be interesting for everyone. In addition to original textile, museum's collection includes products from beads, hand embroidery and rosaries, as well as a lot of other beautiful handicrafts. An old English cathedral, St Mary's Church, is also situated in historic district. It had been founded in 1984, one hundred years later a large-scale reconstruction of the church had begun, and in 1989 part of the old building has been converted into a museum. It would be appreciated by numismatists as the museum is dedicated to old Malaysian money.
For those who want to get acquainted with the history of the country an excursion to the Museum of National History is dedicated. In addition to the permanent exhibition of historical artifacts, there are often collections of exhibits dedicated to various topics in it. The museum has become a permanent venue for all kinds of exhibitions and demonstrations. The largest collection of paintings in the country is represented in the Art Gallery. Among exhibits are paintings of both local and foreign artists. Copyright
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The most important religious landmark of the whole country is the Masjid Negara mosque. Its construction was finally completed only in 1965. The main decoration of the mosque is a large-scale 18-end dome in the shape of a star. The main hall of the mosque is free to accommodate 8,000 pilgrims; the minaret is 73 meters height. Among monuments of modern architecture, Dayabumi Complex building is notable. A beautiful 35-story skyscraper located on the Raya street is home to office buildings, as well as the popular shopping center. No less attractive is Chinatown district, where unusual architectural buildings, museums and interesting shops are represented.
Golden Hour, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia For example, here you can find the Thean Hou Temple built in 1987 in the original architectural style combining elements of modern design with traditional Chinese carvings, ornate decorations, and monumental columns in its exterior. The roof of the building is typical of a pagoda. The temple is visited by adherents of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Of great architectural value are also the Guan Di Temple built in the typical Chinese style and the Chan See Shu Yuen striking with its colors and majesty.
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The most famous attraction that can be seen on all postcards and is the hallmark of Malaysia is the Petronas Twin Towers. Once they were considered the tallest towers in the world. They were built in 1996 and immediately moved the Willis Tower in Chicago to second place. The towers' height is 451 meters, here you can find 88 floors. An equally popular symbol of the country is the 421-meter-high Kuala Lumpur Tower, which is just a bit shorter than the Petronas Towers. Erected at the same time as the Twin Towers, for its unique illumination it was nicknamed the “Garden of Light”. By the way, for the same reason, it is advisable to take a walk along the main streets of the city at night in order to admire the views and the "singing fountains" near the Petronas Towers.
Shopping @ Petronas Many travelers begin their acquaintance with the city from Kuala Lumpur Station. Built at the end of the 19th century in an elegant Moorish style, it seems to speak for itself: "this building is worth a visit." One of the most colorful streets for walks is Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman where at every turn one can find interesting buildings occupied by restaurants, cafes, shops. Some remarkable natural attractions include KL Forest Eco Park and Asean Sculpture Garden. A walk along the parks will be a real boon for those wishing to experience aesthetic enjoyment.
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Church of the Holy Rosary is another beautiful religious monument in the Malaysian capital. It is built of white stone, which is in no way typical of Christian architecture. Built at the beginning of the 20th century in the neo-Gothic style, the building attracts hundreds of tourists with its beautiful appearance, even though it is surrounded by skyscrapers and Hindu temples. Regarding the latter, such temples as Sri Maha Mariamman, Kortumalai Sri Ganesar, as well as Sri Kandaswamy, stand out in Kuala Lumpur. As befits any Hindu shrine, they immediately catch the eye thanks to bright colors and magnificent sculptures depicting avatars of Hindu deities. The most famous Buddhist shrine is the Buddha Jayanti, which is also of interest to connoisseurs of architectural art.
Petronas towers view from the sky bar KL Mall attracts not only shoppers - the thing is that right in front of the mall one can see wonderful fountains giving a certain charm to the rest of the area. This is a great spot for photo shoots and selfies, and this is exactly what most tourists do when visiting the shopping center and discovering such beauty. When it comes to museums operating in the capital of Malaysia, of great interest is Petrosains Science Discovery Center where travelers will be able to learn a lot of new information about how the world works. All the museum exhibits are interactive, which will definitely appeal to small tourists who can feel like an astronaut or take part in a physical experiment. The Museum of Illusions is no less remarkable, especially for those who wish to bring from vacation not only material proof but also some great photos.
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Have a great time in Malaysia Cartoon & Comic House. In particular, fans of cartoons will like it here more than others, as this is a great opportunity to find new impressions and get acquainted with the Malaysian cinema. Among the Music Museum's exhibits, you can find musical instruments of different peoples of the world, from the Scottish bagpipes to the Greek harp, and find out how the music has evolved over the years. Aircraft and technology buffs will appreciate the collection of the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum, and there is no better place to explore the local culture than the Kuala Lumpur Craft Museum. Among its exhibits are household items made by local craftsmen.
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Federal Territory Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Federal Territory Mosque is a mosque in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur.
»  The Malaysian religious building is located near the Federal Government Complex.
»  The famous sanctuary was built in the period between 1998 and 2000.
»  This world-famous Malaysian mosque is located in the area of 5 hectares along Jalan Duta.
»  The Federal Territory Mosque was opened on 25 October 2000.
»  It is the 44th mosque built by the government in Kuala Lumpur.
»  It can accommodate 17 000 people at the same time.
»  According to the draft, the mosque is the combination of Ottoman and Malaysian architectural styles. It is a copy of the Turkish Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
»  The building has 22 domes. They were made of a composite material of glass fibre fabric mixed with epoxy resin. This material is quite light and durable.
»  The Malaysian construction also includes two minarets.
»  According to the classification, this religious building is a Jami mosque.

National Textiles Museum, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:   Facts: » The National Textiles Museum is located in a building built in 1896. This house designed in the Neo-Moorish style is very attractive and spectacular. It is decorated with many towers, shaped arches, and spires.
» The museum houses the collection of textiles. It is divided into four sectors.
» In the first one, there are ancient tools used to make fabrics. Here, you can also see such rare fabrics, as keringkam, songket, and pua kumbu.
» In the second sector, outfits of representatives of different Moorish strata are displayed. Patterns and fabrics indicated the social status of a person.
» In the third gallery, you can see the full diversity rich heritage of Malay textiles.
» The most interesting sector is the fourth one. It houses jewels, clothes, and accessories that belonged to different ethnic groups of the country.

Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Facts:
» Stadium Negara is also known as Stadium Tertutup. The second name is translated as “indoor stadium”.
»  It is located 2 km from the center of Kuala Lumpur. Near it, there is Stadium Merdeka. At the Stadium Negara, there are 10 000 seats.
»  The indoor arena is equipped with air conditioners.
»  Tertutup is multifunctional. Not only sports competitions, but also concerts and other cultural events are held here.
»  The stadium started to be built in 1960. It was officially opened on 10 April 1962.
»  Stadium Negara was opened by Tuanku Syed Putra, the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the King.
»  The sports arena was the first indoor stadium in Malaysia.
»  Tertutup was restored in 1982.
»  The project manager of Stadium Negara was American architect Stanley Edward Jewkes.
»  Tertutup was last renovated in 1982.
»  The Malaysian stadium is open now.
»  The 1st Fan Meeting in Kuala Lumpur "Wanna Be Loved” took place on 19 January exactly at Stadium Negara.

National Museum Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Facts:
» The National Museum in Kuala Lumpur is the most significant history and ethnographic museum in the country. It was founded in 1898 when the government of the British colony found a museum in Selangor.
» In 1945, the building was damaged and bombed by American soldiers. It was restored only in 1963.
» The museum includes four sectors. The first one is dedicated to the ancient history of Malaysia. Here, you can see Palaeolithic ware, ceramics, and tools. There is also a skeleton of a person who lived 10-11 000 years ago.
» In the second gallery, you can learn about the reign of the sultan and the development of a peninsula located on the trade route.
» The third section houses exhibits of the colonial period that lasted from 1511 to 1945.
» The fourth one is dedicated to the recent history of the country.
» In the National Museum, there are a lot of interesting exhibits. Some of them are displayed outside the museum. For example, you can see the first palace of the sultan (Istana Satu) here. It is a Malaysian house built on piles without nails.

Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur

Location on the map:     Facts:
» The Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur is one of the 10 most beautiful stations in the world. Due to its fabulous architectural style, it looks like a mosque.
» The railway station was built in 1910 by an English architect Arthur Benison Hubback.
» When it was confirmed that the building of the station is a city attraction and requires a more careful attitude, it was decided to build a new railway station.
» It was opened as the Railway Museum after the restoration in 2007, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Independence. Here, you can see old railway technology.
» Some part of the building is still serving as a suburban station.
» However, the old railway station is more an architectural attraction.
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Iconic cultural sights of Malaysia

Malaysia will also be interesting for museum fans. The Islamic Arts Museum was opened to the public in the late 90s of the last century. A four-story building in a modern style was built in Kuala Lumpur specifically for the museum's exhibition. The collection contains about seven thousand artifacts. It includes various editions of the Koran, ceramics, weapons, and samples of calligraphy. There are 10 halls in the museum. They also contain items made of gold, dishes, armor, and models of famous buildings. The Maritime Museum is also fascinating. This is actually a museum of one ship. Of course, it was impossible to raise a Portuguese ship of the XVI century from the seafloor. However, it was possible to create an exact copy of it. An interesting exhibition is located in the museum building. … Open

What to visit during two-day excursion in Kuala Lumpur

KL Tower
Where: Jalan Punchak, 50250, Kuala Lumpur; Telephone: +60 (0)3 2020 5444; Metro: Bukit Nanas (KL Monorail);
Petronas Twin Tower And KLCC
Where: Jalan Ampang, 50088, KLCC (Putra LRT), Kuala Lumpur;
National Museum
Where: Jalan Damansara, 50566, Kuala Lumpur; Telephone: +60 (0)3 2282 6255; Metro: Stop;
Petaling Street (chinatown)
Where: Jalan Petaling, 50000, Kuala Lumpur; Metro: Stop;
Batu Caves
Telephone: +60 (0)3 2287 9422; More info: Off jalan ipoh, 13 km north of kl;
Lake Gardens (taman Tasik Perdana)
Where: Jalan Perdana, 50480, Kuala Lumpur; Metro: Stop;
Central Market
Where: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050, Kuala Lumpur; Telephone: +60 (0)3 0022 8688; Opening hours: daily 10.00 – 22.00; Metro: Pasar Seni (Putra LRT);
Masjid Jamek Mosque
Where: Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Kuala Lumpur
♥   Palace 'Istana Negara' , 3.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Istana Hinggap' , 3.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Istana Bukit Kayangan' , 21.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Istana Mestika' , 23.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Istana Melawati' , 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Seri Mutiara' , 28.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Istana Alam Shah' , 31.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Kuala Lumpur and around
♥   Art museum 'National Visual Arts Gallery (Malaysia)' Kuala Lumpur, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Petronas Gallery' Kuala Lumpur, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia' Kuala Lumpur, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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