Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is part of the ARCH group’s vision in promoting the country’s heritage and culture. A new tourist magnet which is situated right in the historical enclave of Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) and houses many attractions in the form of prints, photos and miniatures. Located in a 114 year-old building, this landmark is a must visit for anyone who wants to know all about Kuala Lumpur! – well luckily, we did. =)
Did you know that Kuala Lumpur literally means ‘muddy estuary’? It was founded at the confluence of the Gombak River and Klang River =) But before I forget, the entrance is free! and they are open from 0830AM to 0630PM daily.
Look closely on how they make all of the artifacts displayed in the gallery. With full concentration and that attention to details, I wonder if these guys are somewhat obsessive compulsive… haha. After the tour, there is a shop inside the gallery that offers souvenir items at very reasonable prices!!! (well, as compared with the mainstream).
How to go there?!
From KL Sentral, take the Kelana Jaya Train (pink line) and it’ll cost you around RM1.3 bound to Masjid Jamek, which is 2 stations away. It is a 7-minute walk to the gallery from the LRT Station, just ask someone for the direction to the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery or to the Sultan Abdul Samad. This is the exact address in case you get lost: No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Do you ever wonder who this golden statue is? The shrine itself was constructed in honor of Lord Murugan, who is the Hindu God of war and victory. Lord Murugan is one of the important deities being worshiped by Tamil people here in Malaysia.
Visiting Batu Cave demands no payment; no entrance fees and the like. You just have to be there and be fit to climb the 272 steps to reach the cave; but no worries as it is not that steep as it seems (still manageable). You’ll encounter a lot of long tailed-macaque monkeys as you head up; on one note, you can actually buy foods for them at the base of the hill, don’t know the price though.
Annually, they celebrate the Thaipusam festival (January/ February) wherein devotees practice their religious rites. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman – – – an occasion which I am not really familiar with =) Anyways, Batu Cave is a network of limestones that was formed due to the fact that it is situated near the Batu River. Let the pictures speak for itself. =)
How to go there?!
From KL Sentral, take the KTM Komuter train (red line*) that leads directly to Batu Caves. It will cost you RM2 (roughly PhP27) one way and it will take around 30 minutes before you reach the end of the trail. It is the cheapest and easiest way to go there via public transport. The exact address of Batu Caves in case you’ll go there via private vehicle/ cab is Jalan Batu Caves, MRR2, Selayang, Selangor.
* Railways in Malaysia are colour-coordinated depending on your desired destination.
Unfortunately, we were not able to see the Dark Cave which is just few steps away from the top. We even bought raincoats for RM5 a piece because of the non-stop rain – – – hours well spent with the girl who is fond of lights.