Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and is one of Southeast Asia’s most diverse metropolis, fusing modern and traditional cultures.
Fondly known as KL, the largest city in Malaysia is a vibrant place where traditional Malay villages sit comfortably side by side with modern skyscrapers like the world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers.
The name Kuala Lumpur literally means ‘muddy riverbank’ and is derived from its location in the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. A sleepy tin mining town in the 1800’s, the former British colony attracted miners, merchants and businesses from abroad to quickly establish itself as a commercial trading hub.
The city’s population of 5 million is mostly centred around the inner city and the suburbs of Petaling Jaya and Klang Valley. Ethnic Malays, Chinese and Indians all make up the DNA of the city, reflected in its architecture, language and mouth-watering cuisine.
Shopping in Bukit Bintang is also an undeniable highlight of any visit to Kuala Lumpur. The modern metropolis offers everything from Western brands in glitzy shopping malls to locally-made crafts in the night markets.
With young KL-lites at the forefront of the region’s creative community embracing contemporary dance, arts, theatre and growing its large independent music scene, Kuala Lumpur is truly a hub of cultural diversity which lives up to its ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ slogan.