Kuala Lumpur is the famous city of Malaysia. The city is famous as the bench of the Parliament of Malaysia. Over 1.6 million people live there as per the records of 2012. The whole city covers 243 km2 areas. The urban and metropolitan area of the city is known as Greater Kuala Lumpur or the Klang Valley. Greater Kuala Lumpur has grown very fast in terms of economy and population over the years. Before the establishment of the judicial and executive branches of the federal government of Malaysia in Putrajaya, the home of the branches was Kuala Lumpur till the year 1999. But still there are some sections of the federal government which hasn’t moved from the city of Kuala Lumpur. The king of Malaysia- ‘Istana Negara’ found the city very charming and thus his permanent residence is in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur is not only the capital city but also a key city of Malaysia. That’s why the city is the economic, cultural and financial centre of Malaysia. The city is known as the alpha world city by people.
Foreign Policy’s 2010 Global Cities Index rated the city at the 48th position among the global cities of the world. Also in the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index, the city was at 67th rank in terms of social and economic innovation in the year 2010. There are three Malaysian Federal Territories and Kuala Lumpur is among the three, defined under their borders. The city is situated on the western foots of the Peninsular Malaysia. Over the years many national and international cultural, sporting and political events were held and hosted in Kuala Lumpur. The Formula One Grand Prix and the Common Wealth Games of the year 1998 were hosted by Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur is the home of many world famous buildings including the Petronas Twin Towers which are the tallest twin buildings around the world. The Petronas Twin Towers symbolises Malaysia’s futuristic development.
Originally the city was not even a city; it was a tiny Chinese village where tin-mining was done. But now the village has grown into a huge city. Now local people address the place by simply ‘K.L’. According to the Malaysians the meaning of the name Kuala Lumber is ‘muddy river confluence’. The city of Kuala Lumpur holds many districts which are popular for their specialities. Old City Centre or the Old Town is the traditional core area of Kuala Lumpur. Sultan Abdul, Selangor Club, Merdeka Square and the Samad Building are the places which are to be found in the Old City Centre of Kuala Lumpur. Also the place which is popularly known as Chinatown is also there in the Old Town. The Golden Triangle hosts the north east area of the old city centre or the old town. Golden Triangle is the place for shopaholics and food lovers.
The old city centre is extended to Tuanku Abdul Rahman or Chow Kit which is located at the centre i.e. 500 m west of Petronas Twin Towers and 500 m north of Chinatown. This part of the city is very colourful and especially during the famous festivals of Deepawali and Eid ul Fitr (Hari Raya Puassa) the crowd at this place is uncontrollable. These festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show in this region of Kuala Lumpur. The place is just outside the circle of the Golden Triangle. The landmarks of the place are the Kampung Baru and Putra World Trade Centre. Right on the south of the city centre, there is the area of Brickfields which is popular for its Indian Sarees and south Indian rice restaurants for Indians specially. The main railway station of Kuala Lumpur Central is also located in Brickfields. Megamall is the most popular mall of Kaula Lumpur and is the first destination of the tourists in Kaula Lumpur. The presence of Megamall in Bangsar and Midvalley made the place more popular than it was before. Two suburban districts, Damansara and Hartamas, are located on the west side of the city offering some amazing restaurants and drinking areas. Thus this dynamic city has much more to offer than great shopping areas and cheap 5 star hotels.
People may have heard of Petronas Twin Towers which is a quite attractive place to see but apart from the towers Kuala Lumpur offers some astonishing variety o f architectural structures. The oldest buildings of Kaula Lumpur are situated in the city centre. Two of these are the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Offices of the Colonial Secretariat. Other places are the Royal Selangor Club, Masjid Jamek which is a charming Mosque on the edges of the Klang River and Masjid Negara which was build to celebrate the independence of Malaysia in 1965. In Carcosa Seri Negara, there is a pretty National Monument in the Lake Garden. The Monument was the inspiration of two Jima Memorial, Arlington (Virginia). The ASEAN sculpture garden is the neighbour of the Lake Garden. The KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers along with some other buildings both lie in the Golden Triangle. The narrow and mesmerizing streets of Chinatown are also hosted by the city centre. These streets have many Chinese shops and famous restaurants. Thus, all the must visit places of Kuala Lumpur lies in the City Centre only. There is no need to roam to many areas of Kuala Lumpur.