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Skyscraper (The Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur Expedition)

First impressions of Malaysia’s high-tech, fast growing capital, Kuala Lumpur, are likely to be of a vibrant and colourful modern metropolis with gleaming skyscrapers. The country is full of charm and beauty, and the rich cultural heritage is apparent both in its traditional village areas and in the commitment to religious plurality. The dominant cultural force is undoubtedly Islam, but the country’s diverse population of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and Borneo’s indigenous tribes has created a fabulous juxtaposition of mosques, temples, and churches, a panoply of festivals, and a wonderful mixtures of cuisines. Reference: The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget 

Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. Together with master architect Cesar Pelli, the international icon powerfully captures the nation’s ambitions and aspirations. Check this site for more insights: http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/

Petronas Towers at Day

Petronas Towers at Night

* Images posted were subjected to different light exposures and clarity. Same subject matter but expressed in different interpretations =)

How to go there?!
Flights from Cebu Pacific land at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

Upon arrival, we looked for the KLIA Transit Booth that’ll bring us to the city proper via bus and train, as this is the cheapest mode based on our research. It will cost you RM12.5 (around PhP160) one way, inclusive of the fare for the shuttle bus and train tickets. Upon purchase of ticket, you have to search for the shuttle bus bound to Salik Tinggi located in front of the Coffee Bean outside the terminal. From Salik Tinggi, there are only 3 stations away to KL Sentral. Enlarge the image for the bus and train schedules:

From KL Sentral, take the the Kelana Jaya Train (pink line) and it’ll cost you around RM1.6 bound to KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, which is 5 stations away or approximately 20 minutes. As much as possible, be apprised of the destinations that are accessible via train as you can minimize your transportation expenses as opposed to riding cabs.

Terimah Kasih! =)

Muddy Estuary

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. =)

Reference: http://www.klcitygallery.com/

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.

Empress of the Sky (Thean Hou Temple)

Tien-Hou, the Chinese Goddess of fishermen, used to be a mortal woman named Lin Moniang with four brothers who were all sailors, each with their own ship. One day while at the sea, Tien-Hou fell into a coma. Her mother tried to revive her and eventually succeeded, but Tien-Hou protested that she had been awakened too soon. Later that day, three of her brothers returned home, saying that their ships had nearly been destroyed in storms at sea, but that a vision of Tien-Hou had appeared to them and led them to safety. The fourth brother never returned, for Tien-Hou had been awakened before she could save him. From the time she died, people named her Princess of Supernatural Favor.

Tien-Hou means “Empress of the Sky”, but she is known by many names throughout China. This syncretised temple with elements of BuddhismTaoism and Confucianism is a grandiose structure and represents a successful combination of modern architectural techniques and authentic traditional design featuring imposing pillars, spectacular roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments.

How to go there?!
If you do not have any private vehicle with you, I highly recommend that you take a cab since the place is not accessible by train. You also have the option to ride the city rapid bus that stopped at the main road leading to Persiaran Endah, but the problem is that the Thean Hou Temple is situated on the top of Robson Hill, which means that you have to walk the steep initial ascent for about 5 to 10 minutes.  The exact address of the temple is 65 Persiaran Endah, off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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