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Kuala Lumpur is a booming metropolis that changes by the day. From its humble beginnings as a tin-mining outpost on the mud-banks where the Gombak and Klang rivers met (hence its name 'muddy estuary'; click on Masjid Jamek to view the confluence of the rivers), Kuala Lumpur has grown into a world-class city in just over a century.
Discovering KL (as locals affectionately call it) is like travelling through a time tunnel. Here, vivid traces of history continue to influence and inspire a country set on becoming a fully industrialised nation by the year 2020. You will see ultra-modern skyscrapers standing magnificently next to rows and rows of quaint old shophouses. The city presents a mixture of modern and Moorish architecture, traditional Chinese shophouses, squatters' huts, and Malay stilt kampungs (villages).
While the city's past is still present in the evocative British colonial buildings (check out the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Railway Station) and the midnight lamps of the Petaling Street night market, that past is everywhere met with insistent reminders of KL's present and future. To some, this spirit seems to have been gained at the loss of ancient cultural traditions, but in many ways KL marks the continuation rather than the loss of Malaysia's rich past.
Cool pics of KL!