Kuala Lumpur means muddy confluence. In fact, KL was founded at the junction of the rivers Gombak and Klang. In Westerners, KL triggers the imagination with giant skyscrapers and friendly people dressed in colourful clothes. One smells the flavor of exotic dishes and sees oneself strolling through Chinatown with its countless food stalls and shops selling junk. One pays a visit to KLCC, the Kuala Lumpur City Center with its landmark, the Twin Towers, also known as the Petronas Towers. For a long time, the towers at a height of 451 meters were the highest building in the world (the current highest building in the world is Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 830 m). Not less impressive is the Suria KLCC, an enormous shopping center in the basement of the towers. Only 20 meters lower than the Twin Towers is the Menara television tower. From its observation platform, the visitor may enjoy a marvelous view over KL and its surroundings.
Jacob participated with his team in a soccer tournament In KL and we used the excursion to do some sightseeing. Since our time was limited we decided to restrict our touristic program to some few hotspots: the Batu caves in the north of KL, the Petronas Towers and the KL Bird Park.
The Batu Caves:
A visit to the Batu Caves is undoubtedly one of the highlights of each KL-visit. Already from afar a 42 meters high, golden statue of the Hindu God Murugan welcomes the visitor. 272 steep steps lead up to the entrance of the iconic caves. Alongside the stairway countless macaques frolic around. For tourists it’s advisable not to approach them too closely, because some of them may get rather aggressive. After a further 40 steps one reaches the main cave, which is more than 200 m long and 100 m broad. There numerous shrines invites one to worship one of the multitudinous Gods of the Malaysian Hindu. The ceiling of the cave had already given in thousands of years ago, so that the cave is partly open to the sky. The caves also may be explored through guided tours. On the way down, the visitor may enjoy a marvelous sight of KL and its surroundings.
The Twin Towers (Petronas Towers):
The TT, opened in 1999, were the tallest building in the world until 2004. The top of the TT of the Malaysian oil company Petronas (not to be confused with the Brazilian oil company Petrobas) towers at a height of 452 meters. At an altitude of 170 m a nearly 60 m long sky bridge connects both towers. The publicly accessible observation desk is at 360m altitude. From there the visitor may enjoy a 360-degree view of KL. The visit to the towers is a unique experience of the astounding possibilities of modern architecture. It is advisable to pre-book the entrance tickets online in order to ensure that visit takes place on the day one intends to go there. And while one’s there one should also pay a visit to the hyper-modern shopping mall in the basement of the towers and proceed further to the KLCC park with the Simfoni lake and its huge fountain.
The Bird Park
Hundreds of birds are winging seemingly free through the air only restricted by a hardly visible net-enclosure. Situated in the heart of the city, the KL bird park is reputed to be the largest walk-in free flight aviary in the world. The bird park houses some 3000 birds representing more than 200 species: Watch parakeets and parrots, see soaring storks and flamingoes which hardly feel caged-in, marvel at peacocks spreading their plumage and the unique hornbill. The park area encompasses some 150 hectares, crossed by waters, lakes and numerous walking paths. Nature- and bird lovers will get their money’s worth here!
And of course Jacob also played in the soccer tournament. He delivered a great performance. Although his team only lost two out of 12 games, in the end it was only placed 13th out of 24 teams. As you can see in the attached pictures, sometimes it was very rainy and we got wet feet in the truest sense of the word.